Precarious Employment, Income Insecurity and Adverse Health Impacts

The Wellesley Institute has a long been committed to strengthening community-based research and, as part of this commitment,  we fund a number of CBR initiatives by grass-roots organizations across the city of Toronto. One such initiative is Access Alliance’s income security, race and health research …

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City Building at Whose Expense? Planning for equity

City planning is a complex and multi faceted undertaking that requires much collaboration between public and private stakeholders – it is an opportunity for policy makers to shape a space that fosters community, health, and equality. To this end, crafting cityscapes is a task that …

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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 Toronto and advises readers that cuts come with a price that must be considered.  As we build the future …

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Rushed Policy Process Leaves No Opportunity For Due Diligence

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While we understand the City’s fiscal pressures, the Wellesley Institute has concerns about the compressed nature of this year’s budget cycle. Typically, the City budget process continues at least through the fall, allowing the City to more effectively dovetail its budget deliberations with those of …

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Multicultural Youth Voices: Neighbourhood, Health and Well-Being

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In the summer of 2009 and 2010, 21 multi-cultural youth from St. James Town completed a Photovoice projectand disseminated their findings in a community forum that attracted the attention of news media. The goal of the arts-based project was to investigate the impact of neighbourhood …

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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 same review undercuts the ability of the City of Toronto to implement a housing-first approach by potentially gutting affordable housing initiatives and …

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