Kala Aranrajh, a single mother of two children in Scarborough, knows too well. "I don't want them to see me worry, that I can't sleep because I am so worried," she said in Tamil.People see this and wonder, "Why no mention of the dad? Where are the grandparents? How long has she been here? Why isn't she learning to speak English?"
She survives on the monthly child tax benefit and welfare she receives, which barely cover her rent. Her language barrier and inability to afford child care limit her access to the resources in the community.
I've noticed a few times that The Toronto Star features people who seem to be in trouble because they are doing something that is obviously wrong. But, instead of pointing to the obvious, they imply that they are merely victims of circumstance.
This provokes protests in the comments and, perhaps, this is what The Star wants: to publicly expose folly to criticism without having to seem unsympathetic by doing it themselves.