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Chapter 15

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Michelle Silver

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CHAPTER 15: INEQUALITY, FAMILY, AND CHILD HEALTH Introduction Inequalities of wealth and income produce unequal life chances the opportunities for material and social rewards Poverty translates into homelessness, ill health, short life expectancy, malnutrition, and hunger Political and social concerns about child poverty led in 1989 to an all-party resolution in the House of Commons to end child poverty by the year 2000 Inequality and Poverty An examination of income distribution data shows wide income disparities among Canadians, as well as the small change in the share of income held by Canadians in different income categories over time The average family income in Canada is on the rise, but the richest fifth of the population has gained the most In 2003, the share of total after-tax income of the richest 20% of the family units was 43.7% while for the poorest 20% it was 5% The number of poor people was nearly 5 million in 2003 and the poverty rate was almost 16% Poverty rates have increased amid high unemployment rates, economic restructuring that has forced job losses and wage cuts, and cutbacks in social spending In 2003, 1.2 million children lived in poverty (rate of 16.7%) Poverty rates are relatively low for two-parent families and quite high for families with single-parent mothers www.notesolution.com
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