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Health Equity and the Occupy Movements

With Occupy movements, born out of Occupy Wall Street, happening in Canada and around the world, social and economic inequality are on the agenda. More and Continue Reading…

Anti-Camping Clause Removed From Proposed Amendments to Toronto’s Streets By-Law

Thanks to quiet efforts by the Wellesley Institute and other advocates for the city's homeless — including Councillor Mike Layton — a clause prohibiting Continue Reading…

One Conference, Two Declarations

“Civil society is fantastic in the sense that they push us”   World Conference on Social Determinants of Health Rio de Janeiro, October 19-21, Continue Reading…

Alternative Civil Society Declaration on Protecting the Right to Health through action on the Social Determinants of Health

With the WHO Conference on the Social Determinants of Health wrapping up today, the official Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health has just Continue Reading…

Plan to sell-off TCHC homes an 'act of desperation'

As the board of Toronto Community Housing Company meets today to consider a plan to sell-off more than 700 of its homes, leading housing experts - including the Continue Reading…

"Why should a Japanese cow enjoy a higher income than an African citizen?"

World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, Rio de Janeiro, October 19-21, 2011 Guest post by Margot Lettner "Why should a Japanese cow enjoy a Continue Reading…

Is your life 31 percent better than it was in 1994? Analyzing the Canadian Index of Well-Being

Since the 1940s, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been the primary measure for how economies are performing. The trouble is that GDP is a blunt instrument. GDP Continue Reading…

A post-election discussion on jobs and the economy

The 2011 provincial election has resulted in a more complex and potentially promising landscape for advocates. It has been more than twenty-five years since Continue Reading…

Tiny financial savings from cutting Toronto community grants comes with big potential cost

While the financial savings to taxpayers from cutting any or all of the City of Toronto’s grants to community groups is very small, the impact of the loss of Continue Reading…

Time for adult conversation about housing and homelessness indicators and measures

Canada is behind other countries in measuring the many dimensions of homelessness and precarious housing. This means it’s almost impossible to assess the Continue Reading…