U4Change, a project for youth in St. James Town that seeks to build community through arts and culture, will hold a relief fundraiser to help the people who have been left without shelters as a result of the 200 Wellesley St. fire. Come watch artistic performances by talented youth and join us in our bake sale. […]
Archives for September 2010
In a formal response released today, the federal government has promised only to take “under advisement” a detailed report adopted unanimously by the Senate of Canada that calls for a comprehensive and co-ordinated national strategy on housing, homelessness and poverty. In from the Margins includes 74 specific recommendations, but the federal government has refused to […]
Homelessness is bad for business, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Earlier today, delegates to the Chamber’s annual meeting adopted a resolution from the Burnaby Board of Trade calling on the federal government to create a national plan to end homelessness. The Chamber represents more than 300 local chambers and boards of trade and more than 175,000 […]
I was really pleased to speak at an OPSEU symposium on equity over the weekend. Unions have long played a central role in the broad community coalitions that are so vital to addressing the underlying social determinants of health inequalities. And OPSEU and other union members work on the front-lines of health and are vital […]
Home ownership is growing even less affordable across Canada, according to the September 2010 update from RBC Economics. Rapidly increasingly house prices and mortgage rates are the main culprit. In Vancouver, which is Canada’s least affordable ownership market, a median household needs to spend a staggering 82.6% of pre-tax income for a standard home.
A devastating 76% of homeless youth report being victims of physical or sexual violence in a powerful new research report released today. Most of them – almost 73% – say that they were victimized more than once. Young women experience a higher rate of violence; but both male and female youth have little or no way to […]
Bad housing leads to bad health, and good housing improves population health. Michael Shapcott’s presentation to the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association / Ontario Association of Hostels provincial forum on housing and homelessness in September of 2010 highlights current research on housing and health, and sets out some key research and policy gaps.
The increasing segregation of Toronto by income is also driving an increase in health inequalities. Michael Shapcott’s presentation to the Lakeshore interagency group at LAMP in September of 2010 outlines the realities of growing segregation by income in neighbourhoods throughout Toronto, and the corresponding increase in health inequality.
The federal government has just days remaining to make its formal response to In from the Margins, the comprehensive report adopted unanimously by the Senate of Canada that calls for a national housing and homelessness strategy. Under Parliamentary rules, the federal government must reply to the Senate report by Sunday. While the feds may politely dismiss […]
The Ontario government is making important and positive changes to one of its housing supplement programs for low-income renters, according Laurie Monsebraaten in The Toronto Star. Previously, the province’s ROOF (rent supplement) program was only available to families with children and only offered a maximum of $100 monthly – restrictions that drew criticisms from many housing experts. […]