Bill 152, Ontario’s draft poverty reduction legislation, has been amended by the provincial government and the amendment proposed by the Wellesley Institute to recognize the importance of the third sector has been adopted by the province. Even more striking, the exact wording of our third sector amendment was incorporated verbatim into the draft law. On […]
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A news report from New Zealand notes that during the 1918 flu pandemic, the death rate among Maori people was five to seven times higher than the death rate among non-Maori people. The reason: Socio-economic and health inequalities experienced by the Maori (the Aboriginal people of New Zealand).
Everybody is affected by a pandemic, but not everyone is affected equally. That’s the sobering conclusion of a new research and policy paper released today by the Wellesley Institute. As the world braces for a possible swine flu pandemic, the need for proper pandemic planning and effective emergency responses is drawn into sharp focus.
There is a "significant and robust" link between income inequality and HIV. The greater the inequality, the worse the HIV pandemic. This is the troubling conclusion of a powerful new research study released today by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth of the United Nation's Development Programme. As the world is bracing for a […]
The Wellesley Institute’s oral submission to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Social Policy on the province’s draft anti-poverty law (Bill 152) includes recommendations for specific amendments, and suggestions for a provincial action plan to reduce inequities and inequalities, strengthen the third sector and provide practical support for low-income Ontarians. Download our submission here .
The Ontario government announced earlier today that it will allocate the remaining $60 million of an $80 million federal off-reserve Aboriginal housing trust fund to the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services Association. The federal dollars were authorized by Parliament in 2005 and assigned to Ontario in 2006. It has taken Ontario almost three years to […]
Toronto’s homeless count and street needs assessment is generating plenty of heat, but likely will offer little light. Street counts are widely used throughout Canada and the US, and widely criticized for failing to deliver reliable numbers or accurate assessment of the physical or mental health needs of people who are homeless. Read the Wellesley […]
“Canada urgently needs a comprehensive national housing strategy that includes ending homelessness as a top priority.” That’s the lead from a new policy paper to be released on Wednesday morning by the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association at its annual conference, which is being held in Toronto. The policy paper sets out nine key principles […]
A hearty and well-deserved congratulations to several Wellesley Institute partners and collaborators who have been honoured with Urban Leadership Awards from the Canadian Urban Institute (announced today_, including: Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (David Crombie Award) Centre for Social Innovation (City Innovation Award) Stella Burry, St. John’s (Universal City Award) MaRS Discovery District (Creative City […]
The Toronto Board of Trade released an important new report card earlier today that ranks Toronto along with 20 global cities. “Toronto’s tied fourth-place ranking is a decent, if unspectacular, result. However, it is disappointing that Toronto only manages a ‘C’ grade overall, particularly in a field where a Canadian CMA – Calgary – earned […]