Social Inequality In The City: Panel Discussion

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Social Inequality In The City: Panel Discussion | November 2, 2015

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2015-11-02
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SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Social inequality
Social justice
Poverty
Mary Clare Zak
Matt Hern
Paul Taylor
Viveca Ellis
Margot Young
Bill Beauregarde
Downtown Eastside
Abstract: 

Inequality has been rising for three decades in Canada. In Vancouver, the gap also continues to grow. Inequality is associated with decreasing health outcomes, poorer education levels, higher rates of mental illness, higher levels of incarceration and less social mobility. Minimum wage, social assistance rates and income levels generally, have not kept pace with the cost of living in cities. The number of people who are self-employed and underemployed has grown, while seniors' poverty has increased. This panel discussed the impacts of social inequality in Vancouver and offer policy ideas for civic governments to consider.

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Panelists:


Mary Clare Zak, Managing Director, Social Policy & Project Division, City of Vancouver


Matt Hern, instructor in SFU Urban Studies and author of Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future, Co-founder/Director of 2+10 Industries


Paul Taylor, Executive Director of Gordon Neighborhood House in the West End, and formerly Executive Director of the DTES Neighborhood House


Viveca Ellis, Single Mothers Alliance


Margot Young, law professor at UBC 


Bill Beauregarde, Community Coordinator, Aboriginal Front Door Society

 

Moderated by Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight.


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English
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