Should we be proud or ashamed? [poverty and inequality]

TheStar.com – Opinion/Letter – Should we be proud or ashamed?
Published On Tue Dec 29 2009

Re:Why Canadians should feel proud, Editorial Dec. 26

Let me suggest the alternative. Among wealthy OECD nations, we rank 24th of 30 in infant mortality, 18th of 26 in child death by injury, 21st of 28 in teenagers giving birth, 21st of 30 in poverty rates for families with children, 29th of 30 for spending on early childhood education and care, and dead last for reaching early childhood education and care benchmarks. And the OECD recognizes Canada as one of the two nations showing the greatest increase in poverty and inequality over the past 10 years.

Dennis Raphael, Professor of Health Policy and Management, York University

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