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"All Cuts Aren't Created Equal": Wellesley Weighs In On the Core Service Review with an Editorial in The Toronto Star

In an editorial in The Toronto Star online, Wellesley Institute's Rick Blickstead looks at the health implications of the proposed service cuts at the City of Continue Reading…

We’re all about health equity… to the back teeth

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen a lot of discussion around Toronto about the value of a range of services that the City provides and how we should Continue Reading…

Rushed Policy Process Leaves No Opportunity For Due Diligence

While we understand the City’s fiscal pressures, the Wellesley Institute has concerns about the compressed nature of this year’s budget cycle. Typically, Continue Reading…

Gutting Toronto’s Affordable Housing Office undercuts ‘housing first’ approach to ending homelessness

While Toronto’s Core Services Review report recognizes the value to individuals and the City of Toronto in a housing-first approach to  homelessness, that Continue Reading…

A letter for a leader

Dear Friends, Regardless of your political stripe, this is a time for all of us to pray to whichever entity in which we believe for the safe recovery of Jack Continue Reading…

Poverty is major health risk: Primary health care providers need to take action

Primary health care providers should take “significant action on poverty as a health risk, while simultaneously working toward higher level systemic changes Continue Reading…

Just imagine: A city that ‘lifts the lives of all’

Fairness, opportunity and equity can serve as the defining feature in a new era of urbanization. The Just City is an amazing video from the Ford Foundation that Continue Reading…

The Impact of Climate Change: Through a Health Equity Lens

One of Wellesley's themes is that the complex and inter-dependent nature of the social determinants of health require comprehensive policy and community Continue Reading…

Housing first to end homelessness, but first Toronto needs homes

A good and healthy home, with proper supports, is better than a bed in a homeless shelter. That's the main observation in the City of Toronto's Core Service Continue Reading…

Killer heat is triggering premature deaths; Toronto can take action

The City of Toronto and its agencies, boards and commissions, have taken significant actions against the deadly heat this summer, but a number of these Continue Reading…