“Patchwork of employment perpetuates poverty cycle for Toronto family” by Sara Mojtehedzadeh (Toronto Star)
(Richard) Wang arrived in Canada 10 years ago as a middle-class married man: a trained interpreter who had also lectured in fine art history. After a brief stint in Winnipeg, his family moved to the 320 Dixon Rd. tower blocks in Toronto — an environment so stressful that his wife left him to join her sister in Calgary.
He has raised Noah as a single parent ever since. He was told temporary work was the easiest way to get on the job ladder. But a decade later, he is still on the bottom rung.
But amid the uncertainty, there have been small successes: moving from Dixon to a bachelor apartment in what he feels is a safer neighbourhood. Buying a guitar for Noah, who Wang hopes has an artistic bent.