Breaking Ground: Exploring The Role Of Peer Support In Supportive Housing

Adults with serious mental health problems require many supports to help them function at their best and enjoy a decent quality of life.  Crucial to the recovery of this population is access to stable, supportive housing. Habitat Services, a non-profit community mental health agency, funds and …

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Countdown to mid-September: Senate unanimously adopts call for national housing / poverty plans

Canada’s Senate has unanimously adopted a comprehensive, 283-page report that calls on the federal government to implement a national housing plan, poverty reduction strategy and other measures on income, health, education and training. Under the rules of Parliament, the federal government has until September 20 to formally respond. In From …

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'Right to housing' legal challenge launched today

Everyone in Canada has the right to a home – and the federal government has a responsibility to realize that right. That’s the basis of a legal challenge launched today by a coalition of housing and legal advocates. The Wellesley Institute is providing policy support to the …

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A Diagnosis for Equity: An Initial Analysis of South Asian Health Inequities in Ontario

South Asian communities experience vast health inequities resulting in disproportionately poor health outcomes when compared with non-racialized and other Ontarian groups.  The range and impact of these health inequities is examined in the report, A Diagnosis for Equity: An Initial Analysis of South Asian Health …

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Health Equity Into Action Through Good Planning: Health Equity Impact Assessment

I recently presented a workshop to senior staff at a Toronto academic hospital on Health Equity Impact Assessment.  We need good planning to operationalize equity within hospitals, community health centres and other service providers and HEIA  is an effective planning tool. The discussion was incredibly …

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Cashing In? Payday Lending And The Need For An Alternative

“Get cash in as little as 30 minutes!” “No credit, no problem!” Do these slogans sound familiar?  The ability to borrow cash fast–no questions asked–has become big business in Canada.  Payday loans–small, short unsecured loans–seem to be commonplace these days.  But who uses them and …

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‘Big Society Bank’, more co-ops and public service: UK govt sets out new policies for social sector

Britain’s new coalition government has announced plans to create a ‘Big Society Bank’ using funds from dormant bank accounts to help finance neighbourhood groups, charities, social enterprises and other non-governmental groups. Building The Big Society  – a new policy document released on Tuesday from the …

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First UforChange grads celebrate their successes with family, friends, community

The first graduating class of UforChange – almost 50 dynamic youth from Toronto’s St James Town neighbourhood – got their certificates and celebrated their success in a day-long showcase on Sunday, May 16, at the jam-packed Parliament Street studio space. They were cheered on by …

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