In Toronto …
• One out of four children live in poverty
• In some areas, barely one person in 30 lives below Statistics Canada’s poverty line (the Low Income Measure), while in others, two out of every three residents live in poverty
• More than 20 languages comprise the top languages spoken in each Toronto neighbourhood
• There are more seniors than children
• People living alone make up the most common household type
Learn more about these and other trends and issues affecting the quality of life in Toronto in the Toronto Foundation’s Vital Signs Report.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
In Finland: Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä which means Friend’s Day. The day has no romantic meaning. Instead it is a day that people send cards and gifts to their friends in celebration of their friendships. I love Finland’s idea of celebrating friends who bring so much joy, sunshine, laughter and love to our lives.
Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day with those you love. Please always remember there are many experiencing a tough time whether they have lost a loved one, a job, someone they love has been diagnosed with cancer or another illness, or they are simply heartbroken and just feeling alone. Be kind and spread love and light today, tomorrow and always.
“We each buy almost 70 new clothing garments every year.” – Juliet B. Schor, Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth.
I found this an interesting fact in a CBC News: Marketplace clip I watched about donating your old clothes. I know from the clothing donations I have made over the last few years, I definitely bought a lot and some items were never even worn. I definitely think I buy nowhere near 70 items but I am planning to track my clothing purchases this year after watching it. As of today, I have made zero clothing purchases in 2018. I will be interested to see how much I truly buy throughout the year.
To learn more about how much Canadians give away and where it goes, check out the Marketplace piece on Clothes from Canada account for huge waste