Can disability rights be maintained in the “uber-economy”?

Everyone is talking about the “sharing” or “gig” economy these days, especially when it comes to ride-sharing apps like Uber. The public debate has mostly centred on issues of public safety, customer service, precarious work, insurance and taxation. And rightly so. Uber’s ability to skirt regulations not only threatens to dismantle an entire sector, but also adds to the broader corporate attack on labour protections, fair taxation, regulatory systems and the future of decent work. Nevertheless, there’s another issue that isn’t getting enough attention in the “uber-debate” – and that would be the issue of accessible transportation and disability rights.

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Low Education Levels and Income Significant to Increased Likelihood of Pre-mature Avoidable Deaths of Indigenous Peoples

Disparities in avoidable mortality of Indigenous Peoples compared to non-Indigenous population were associated with inequalities in education and income.

Indigenous men are 2.0 times as likely to die from avoidable causes, and Indigenous women 2.5 times more likely, compared to non-Indigenous Canadians, according to a Statistics Canada study of adults 25 years and over. The youngest age group of Indigenous Peoples in the study, those aged 25 to 34, had the highest risk of dying from avoidable causes. [Read more…]

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