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Social, Political, and Economic Change in Toronto


Toronto is one of the largest cities in Canada, and it is the capital city of Ontario province. In 2016 it had a population of over 5 million residents according to Toronto census metropolitan area. Toronto is perceived as the most cosmopolitan and multicultural city around the globe, for being a global city. Toronto over the last ten years has changed in all aspects especially economically, politically and socially for good and the bad (The Guardian, 2018). This paper discusses how the city has changed for the worse.
Economic Aspects

conomic aspects of Toronto have worsened over the last few years. The worsened economy is being witnessed especially with the rise of cost of living. One among five individuals in Toronto is said to be living in poverty, and the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing daily. Those living in poverty is due to lack of employment and the means to gather for their basic needs. Young people especially less than 18 years are living in poverty that leads to an increase in child poverty in Toronto (CTV News, 2018). Been credited to radicalized payment those residing in poverty gain less contrasted to those not radicalized.

Stagnating income among the poor has also lead to the high cost of living. Income inequality has also risen to the extent that the gap between the rich and the poor has reached a solid 68 percent between 1978 and 2015. Radicalized income has been attributing to income inequality to the extent of discrimination in institutions (CTV News, 2018), that therefore, means that poverty has been radicalized such that those radicalized earn less salary than their counterparts. The systemic discrimination goes further such that radicalized men make more money compared to women.
Being witnessed for the last ten years there has been a rise in the cost of real estate, which is as a result of the increasing population in the area, and a large number of residents are earning less income (CBC-TV, 2018). The high number of residents seeking affordable housing has led to a rising in demand which has resulted in investors raising the cost of real estate.

Social Aspect

Social instability in Toronto is in the rise. Racial discrimination is one of the social fluctuations being witnessed by Toronto residents, such that those that fall within the ethnic group earn less income while those that do not fall under the group get to make more, seen when incomes are radicalized (Global News, 2017). People of color have testified having being discriminated more than once in their lives and many fear walking down the street since they feel judged because of their color.
The crime rate in the city has also increased. People inability to earn decent incomes has forced some to live in the streets since they cannot afford to pay rent and buy necessities. The city growing population has seen many unable to secure employment hence being forced to engage in crimes to gather for their needs (Toronto, 2018). The overpopulation has also made those taking part in crimes to easily escape their crime scenes making it difficult for the law enforcers to nub them. The city is also facing high cases of sexual assault which have risen by 30 percent from 2010.
Toronto has the worst commuting issues across all cities of Canada. Most individuals in the town never use public transit making the number of those using their private cars to increase. A lot of vehicles in the road, especially in high populations, automatically worsen traffic in the city. Commuting to work in the morning and going back home in the evening are the worst nightmares to most people in Toronto.

Political Aspects

The government developing policies such as carding policy is a reason enough that crime rates in the city have been on the rise. The administration has been criticized especially with black people since it is discriminatory hence the recent cancellation of the Carding policy. Many people have accused the police of being selective when applying the system and several people feel like prisoners in their own country (Muriel, 2018), describing the policy as the worst ever developed by the government. The cancellation of the program, therefore, means that the police will not be in a position to stop a crime before it happens since the program had assisted in profiling individuals hence making it easy to apprehend those that wanted to engage in misconduct.

Legalization of Cannabis in the country further worsens Toronto’s situation given that the city has a worse crime rate across Canada. The government decision to legalize marijuana will also lead to the high crime rate in the city. The move to pardon individuals carrying less than 30 grams of marijuana makes it easy for people living in the town to be easily mugged or robbed (The Guardian, 2018) because when addicts lack enough money to buy the drug, they will resort to mugging people to get money to buy drugs. Therefore the government policy on marijuana will further worsen the city crime rates.


Toronto City has always been the center of business, art and social life for the past few years. However, over the years the city has since experienced increased in population with diverse people coming to live within it. The rise in population, therefore, has to lead to many activities which have affected the way of living in the city. For the last ten years, the city experienced a high poverty level, income inequality, and the rise of real estate value, which has resulted due to the increase in the gap between the rich and the poor and particularly increase in population. High wrongdoing rates have hit the city due to numerous individual with low salary income. Commuting in Toronto has also become a significant issue with many people complaining of discrimination especially with their income. Government policies, for instance, police carding and legalization of marijuana will further lead to an increase in crimes in the city because legalization of marijuana will propel users without money to mug others to get money to buy drugs. Therefore a lot needs to be done to bring back sanity in Toronto city.

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