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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

What do the USA, Brazil and India have in common? The highest numbers of COVID-19 deaths in the world and something else

Right-wing nationalist governments with neoliberal policies that favour “free markets” and cutbacks in Public spending. The results are clear: Inequality grows and inequality kills. Those who die most are the most unequal: the poor, the homeless, the racially excluded.  Abandon austerity and invest for a better world is the way forward. Prevention is the Better way says TorontotheBetter. 

For the latest figures by country see www.coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

Monday, 27 July 2020

New listings added to the TorontotheBetter directory, Toronto's social shopping information centre

Steinman Transportation (worker owned transportation company) PATCH (construction hoarding street art), and Charlie’s Free Wheels (youth targeted bike education).

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Today July 22nd at 11am: Rally with OCAP in support of Housing for All and Homeless Rights

As market housing in Toronto gets ever more unaffordable and affordable housing ever harder to find TorontotheBetter calls on all to show support for the un-housed and de-housed. 
11AM -,129 Peter Street, Toronto

Monday, 20 July 2020

We're NOT all in this together


It's pretty common to hear heart-warming statements of social solidarity these days of pandemic but like pandemics of times past, though anyone can be infected the fatal consequences are tilted against the poor, as recent COVID demographics have clearly shown. The poor and socially excluded are worst hit as inequality does the tilting. The only difference from the "old normal" is that COVID outcomes arrive quicker than the usually drawn out daily grind of stress and shortage that is the norm for the socio-economically excluded, aka the poor. Our primary need for avoiding future pandemics and their unbalanced results,TorontotheBetter affirms, is to rid ourselves of inequaliity, combining private and public sectors in an organic social economy where human need is the overriding priority.                

Monday, 13 July 2020

Fix Long Term Care now!

The recent COVID-19 death toll in for-profit long term care homes in Ontario should act as a reminder of the broader ongoing absurdity of a public health care system that excludes drug costs and dental care. Crisis is opportunity so TorontotheBetter supports the #fixLTCFord campaign of the Ontario Health Coalition (www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca) for a radical transformation of long term care in Ontario. Profit making and health care are contradictory and a fragmented and fractured “Care” system is not a care system.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Canada's mounted police men


No prize for understanding what these figures from Canada's past have in common. The problem is an up to date picture may not look very different. 

Co-ops show the way to sustainable development

Created in the 19th century to bring economic justice to the industrial working class co-operatives still have lessons for a "post-industrial" world threatened by racial divisions and environmental extinction. Working together equitably and democratically is a principle today's globalized world has yet to adopt as its guide. The international day of co-operatives [https://fairbnb.coop/2020/07/03/international-day-of-cooperatives-fairbnb-coop-will-help-to-build-the-next-economy-said-dr-scholz/] is a timely reminder of all that co-ops have to offer mainstream society. As a programme of Toronto-based worker co-op Libra Knowledge and Information Services [http://www.libraknowledgeinfo.net], TorontotheBettter [http://www.torontothebetter.net/] calls on all to contact the local co-operative federation for in their area of the world for aid and advice and to follow our blog for news about progressive enterprise in Toronto and beyond.