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September 2004
Vol. 5, no. 9

Perspectives on Labour and Income

The sandwich generation
Cara Williams

Delayed marriage, postponement of children, and adults with increasingly long-lived parents have given rise to the sandwich generation. These are individuals caught between the often conflicting demands of caring for children and caring for seniors. Although still relatively small (712,000 in 2002), the ranks of the sandwich generation are likely to grow.

Wealth inequality by province
Raj K. Chawla

Although related to differing patterns of income across the country, wealth inequality also reflects patterns in the components of wealth: high residential property values in British Columbia, high rates of farm assets on the Prairies, greater pension assets in Ontario, and so on. The article highlights some aspects of wealth distribution that are relatively consistent across the country and others that are more specific to certain provinces and families.

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