Homelessness – it's a problem just in the inner city, right? Wrong! And to prove it, the York Region Alliance to End Homelessness has just re-launched its web site with background info and action tips on homelessness for the region north of Toronto. Check it out here .
Archives for July 2007
While the fundamental social determinants of health will only be fully addressed with major shifts in government policy and action, there are many innovative and effective ways in which their impact on health disparities can be tackled more immediately in front-line service delivery. One direction is where regional health authorities, community health centres and social […]
Presentation by Bob Gardner, Director of Public Policy at the International Union for Health Promotion and Education in Vancouver. June 2007.
The new UK government of Gordon Brown announced on Monday that it will invest £8 billion (that’s more than $17 billion in Canadian dollars) over the next three years for new affordable homes. That’s a 50% increase over current housing spending and will fund about 70,000 new homes annually when the programme is fully rolled […]
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2004 plan to cut homelessness in the Big Apple by two-thirds produced an almost immediate decline in the number of people in homeless shelters. But the latest numbers show a sharp upward spike to the highest number of homeless families in two decades. All the details are available from […]
Federal housing and homelessness minister Monte Solberg is keen to portray his government as generous and compassionate when it comes to those who are poorly housed or have no home at all. Here’s what Minister Monte Solberg had to say in a letter to the editor in the July 16, 2007, Toronto Star, in response […]
I am making a speech on a Blueprint for Health Equity at the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union conference in Moncton in August. I will highlight pervasive health disparities, detail key components of an integrated and comprehensive policy framework to enhance health equity, and set out some ideas on how to mobilize to win the […]
Toronto and the surrouding Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are “a powerful economic locomotive which produces nearly one-fifth of the entire nation’s GDP”, along with many other economic advantages, according to a new report from TD Economics called “Canada’s Primary Economic Locomotive in Need of Repairs“.
One of the most important challenges facing the progressive health community is how to try to frame the debate in ways that will win public support and shift the way health reform is understood. Public opinion data clearly shows solid support for the values of universal access and Medicare, but there are also widespread worries […]
Campaign 2000, the group working to end child poverty, released a comprehensive poverty reduction plan for Ontario at Queen’s Park today. The plan has four key elements: indicators for measuring poverty