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Lecture 8

SOSA 2042 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Welfare

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Department
Soc & Social Anthropology
Course Code
SOSA 2042
Professor
Prof.L.Du Bois
Lecture
8

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METHODOLOGY
There-was-variation-between- scenarios-(race/sex/orientation)
Many-people-had-to-“massage”-the-information-to-make-it-fit
Was-there-much-variation?
Lots-of-general-info,-but-very-little-specific-even-in-within-the-provinces
Many-people-didn’t-consider-the-human”-aspect-– mental-health-issues
Laws-in-Quebec-are-different-than-the-rest-of-Canada
High-food-costs-in-the-North-hard-to-find-specific-data
Difficult-to-find-specific-information-on-disability-assistance
What-problems-did-you-encounter?
FINDINGS
People-on-social-assistance,-using-food-programs-and-subsidised- housing
The-people-in-the-North-could-never-balance-due-to-high-food-rates
Many-families-had-to-use-credit-to-bridge-the-gap
Many-refugee-families-(not-Syrian)-arrive-already-in-debt-of-around-
$5,000
Extremely-high-childcare-rates-that-many-families-with-two-parents-had-
one-stay-home-as-was-cheaper
Unless-seniors-already-had-saving-they-were-not-able-to-make-ends-meet
Disability-assistance-was-never-enough
When-you-included-necessities-like-food/heat/rent- families-made-it,-but-
then-included-things-like-cigarettes/birthday-
presents/Christmas/personal- care-then-families-were-severely-under
Under-which-conditions- are-people-not-able-to-make-ends-meet?
POLICY-IMPLICATIONS?
Minimum-wage-increases-(at-least-$18-and-a-cap-on-other-expenses)
Social-assistance-increases-and-more-accessible
There-is-no-one-size-fits-all-so-analyze-on-a-case-by-case
Rents-caps-and-proper-living-conditions
Conditional-cash-programs-for-kids
Medication-payment-programs-(PharmaCare)
Easier-access-to-mental-health-programs-for-refugees-and-low-income-
families-as-many-cases-of-situational-depression
Given-the-challenges-people-face,-what-kind-of-policies-are-likely-to-be-most-
effective?
FUTURE-RESEARCH
Factors-such-as-race,-gender,-sex-not-taken-into-consideration
There-is-no-difference-in-minimum-wage-students- with-support-make-
the-same-as-adults-supporting- families
There-is-a-huge-gap-between-Quebec-and-the-rest-of-Canada
Reservations-are-still-inaccessible-to-many-social-services-
What-questions- do-you-have-and-how-might-we-answer-them?
PART-II-WRITE]UP-SOME-ISSUES-TO-ADDRESS
What-did-you-discover-about-poverty-in-Canada-in-your-example-and-in-
general?
Any-surprises?
Reflect-on-part-I-of-your-assignment
What-did-you-learn-from-comparing-your-findings-with-others?
Would-you-have-done-anything-differently?-What-and-how?
Were-there-limitations-in-the-available-information?-What?
Any-further-reflections-or-conclusions- you-can-draw-at-this-early-stage-in-
the-course
Paper&Due&in&Class&Monday&January& 25/16& and&submitted&online
Discussion:)Living)Below)the)Poverty)Line
Sunday,-January-24,-2016
6:57-PM
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