Two recent reports survey policy action on health inequalities in Europe. The first is a summary of the situation in 21 countries, examples of best practices for local interventions and overall conclusions derived from the European Union’s Closing the Gap project. The report stresses that “it is however at the local level where measures to […]
Archives for August 2007
The links between mental health and homelessness are complex. Some people develop a mental illness and this leads to homelessness (for instance, they may lose their job or their housing because of their illness). Others are perfectly healthy, but end up homeless due to a shortage of affordable housing and then, once they are homeless, […]
The Alberta government announced yesterday (Monday) that it will move to shut down a homeless encampment in Edmonton on September 15. Edmonton, and Alberta, are experiencing among the worst housing conditions anywhere in Canada – ownership and rent costs are sky-high, the supply is inadequate, there is little government support for affordable housing and few […]
Toronto is a great city – but is it liveable? Not according to the Pembina Institute, a sustainable energy think tank that released on Monday a detailed review of 27 Ontario communities. It looks at environmental, social, economic and community sustainability. The report is full of detailed analysis based on key indicators – a well-researched and […]
As anyone who has worked in the non-profit sector knows, already over-stretched agencies are subject to complex reporting and grant application processes to multiple funders. But what exactly is the impact of these funding regimes on agency operations and potential?
This presentation by Michael Shapcott (2006) provides an overview of urban health issues in Canada, as well as the international context. Also provides historical information about housing/homelessness in Canada, and statistics about Toronto neighbourhoods. Here is the presentation: Ripped from the Headlines!!! Housing, Homelessness: Issues and Solutions View more documents from WellesleyInstitute.
A presentation by Michael Shapcott (2006), making the connection between housing, homelessness and health. Here is the presentation: Housing and Health: What are the Connections? View more documents from WellesleyInstitute.
The Wellesley Institute is saying good-bye and best wishes to Sean McDonald, who has been handling print and electronic communications for us and an increasing number of our community partners. Sean is leaving to take advanced studies at the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto. He won't be entirely swallowed up by […]
Elections are very important. A key question in any democracy is: Who gets to vote? A related question: Among eligible voters, who actually turns out to cast their ballot? These are not just important for political party activists (who want to get the most number of votes for their candidates). There is a great deal […]
The Inclusive Cities project is a partnership of community social planning organizations and municipal politicians from across the country that seeks to enhance cities’ ability to enable and sustain social inclusion and to ensure the full diversity of community voices are valued and recognized. They have developed a range of very useful papers, including on: […]