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5 Common Social Justice Issues commonly neglected in Toronto

  1. Homelessness

-Although homeless people trigger feelings of empathy for many people who encounter these individuals on the street everyday, we have come to accept them as a constant characteristic of our city.  By accepting them as this we are accepting the structural inequalities that have made it difficult to succeed in our society.

  1. Cutbacks in healthcare

-Cost effective solutions are not quality solutions.  When it comes to healthcare the best investments are the most effective ones as Paul Farmer is known to say. Healthcare is not something that should compromise with cost-effectiveness.

  1. Gentrification of lower-class neighbourhoods

-Due to the rapid expansion of our city neighbourhoods that are not so central, and until now have been affordable. are becoming too expensive for the residents who have always resided in the neighbourhood. Although this is considered a good thing for many business owners it is unfair to the people who are being kicked out because their neighbourhood is becoming too popular.

  1. War on Fat vs. War on Unhealthy food products

-Many people, who have the time to spare focus so much energy on trying to avoid unhealthy foods, buying organic and getting the nutrients they need from their own food.  Wouldn’t it be more effective in the long run to focus our energy into making food that is supplied to us more healthy all around, not just to people who can pay more?  Instead we fend for ourselves have create a stigma relating body weight to health which does not solve the root of the problem, the unhealthy foods which promote obesity, diabetes, and many other health condition other than fat.  This war on fat we have made such a big deal about is only a side effect of something greater, the limit of healthy food, which is not something we can solve by encouraging people to eat less.

5.  The growing limit of free space

-Also a result of the growth of our city, free space is becoming hard to come by.  Many people who use to have views from their apartments, condos and houses no longer have this privilege.  Although growth is good for the economy, one day this growth may trip on itself, like when food insecurity becomes a visible issue.  I think that there should be some control over the amount of building allowed in a given area, since, we all need space in order to maintain our sanity, don’t we?

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  1. I really liked this list, and you made me pay attention to things I hadn’t really thought about before. When you listed healthcare it really struck a chord with me. Coming to Toronto, I didn’t have a family doctor. When looking around there is no one available. No clinic in my area has any openings at all, and I’m forced to travel an hour to get to the U of T clinic if I need anything healthcare-related taken care of. The cutbacks on health care isn’t improving these conditions. And gentrification really is a problem here as well. My Jewish-Iranian neighbourhood that has stood here for around 200 years is now invaded by Starbucks and other specialty chain stores that ‘increase the value of the area’, and they’re kicking out independent businesses that may have been there for decades.

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