Know Your Rights is a public legal education film that aims to provide people, and particularly youth from Jane-Finch, with: basic information about their rights when dealing with police; an understanding of powers of arrest, detention and search; strategies to deal with various situations relating to police contact; and an understanding of the recourse available […]
Archives for June 2010
A powerful social sector is needed now, more than ever, says multi-millionaire financier Sir Ronald Cohen in today’s UK Telegraph. And a strong social sector needs a reliable financial base. Social Finance UK has been a leader in developing practical strategies toincrease the access to finances for the non-profit and charitable sector. “We want to connect […]
The Obama administration released earlier today a 74-page, detailed strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness in the United States, with specific targets, timelines and accountability for results. The US plan stands in sharp contrast to the Canadian federal government’s national homelessness initiative, which is a patchwork of funding and initiatives that barely covers 61 […]
Toronto Community Housing Company should create an independent Commissioner of Housing Equity to ensure that tenants facing eviction receive a fair process. That’s one of the key recommendations from the LeSage Review, which was appointed to inquire into the death of Al Gosling, a TCHC tenant who died after being evicted from the City of […]
It’s really hard to boil down complex policy and social challenges into snappy and popular language. Here is a recent attempt in an interview I did at the Association of Ontario Health Centres conference.
I was speaking to a hospital board member about the challenges of hospitals building health equity into their planning and service delivery. Some hospitals have shown significant leadership in prioritizing health equity and identifying ways their services can address health disparities and access barriers; others less so. I think there are five key arguments to […]
On Tuesday, June 22, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness will unveil Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Federal agencies will use the plan to develop programs and policies to reduce and end homelessness. The national homelessness plan is the latest in a series of housing and homelessness policies from the Obama […]
The Ontario government promised last year, during its six-month province-wide consultation, that it would release its Long-term Affordable Housing Strategy by the spring of 2010. With just days remaining until the end of spring, a senior official in the office of the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has confirmed that the the province […]
The province urgently requires a more effective system of income security programs that meet the needs of Ontarians in a rapidly shifting economy, says a new report by the Social Assistance Review Advisory Council (SARAC). Appointed by the government of Ontario, the Council was mandated to recommend a scope and terms of reference for a […]
Canadians, especially women, are caught in a time crunch and the trend has been getting worse over the past 15 years, says a new report by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), Caught in the Time Crunch: Time Use, Leisure and Culture in Canada.