Ontario’s 2011 budget is serving up significant cuts in both operating and capital funding when it comes to affordable housing, following the lead set by the federal government that has also offered significant cuts. In a recent submission to the provincial Legislature, the Wellesley Institute has noted that when the feds cut and download, the […]
Archives for March 2011
‘Go big or go home!’ That could be the unofficial motto of the 2011 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship – which runs from Wednesday to Friday at England’s Oxford University. The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Affordable Housing and Social Innovation, Michael Shapcott, is among the 800 delegates from around the world exchanging promising practices, […]
A mega-development proposal in a small section of North St. James Town has many residents, community organizations, and city planners concerned about overcrowding in what is already considered one of North America’s most densely populated neighbourhoods.
Midwifery has played a transformative role within the healthcare system: not just in providing excellent care to many women, but in empowering women to be able to better control their overall reproductive and sexual lives. As well as being a innovative profession and crucial part of the spectrum of women-centred services, it has also always […]
The Ontario Legislature should amend Bill 140 – draft legislation to ensure all Ontarians are adequately housed – to make sure that municipalities can create locally-appropriate inclusionary housing plans, and the bill should also be amended to require the provincial housing minister to develop a real housing plan for Ontario, with real targets, timelines and funding […]
Ontario urgently needs a ‘made-in-Ontario’ affordable housing plan with real targets, timelines and funding to meet the diverse housing needs of real Ontarians.
There’s no such thing as a ‘no money miracle’ when it comes to affordable housing. Project developers need money for development (or acquisition of existing homes), and also money for daily operations, and a third bag of money as a reserve for future issues (like replacement of appliances). The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott gave a […]
The 2011 federal budget – released earlier this afternoon – does nothing to reverse the two decades of erosion in federal affordable housing investments (as set out in the Wellesley Institute’s Precarious Housing in Canada 2010).
The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott was among two dozen housing / homelessness thought and practice leaders who gathered in Washington, DC, last week for an international summit. In addition to supplying a brief overview of Canada’s ‘non-system’ of homeless and housing programs at the national level, he delivered a short presentation to summit participants, then […]