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Wellesley Institute to Toronto’s Executive Committee: Take care of the health of our city

The Wellesley Institute’s written submission to the City of Toronto Executive Committee for its meeting, starting on September 19, requests that the committee reject recommendations in the Core Services Review to end affordable housing development, eliminate the Hardship Fund for low-income Torontonians, and eliminate / …

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Health Policy ‘Zombies’: One More Time

UBC health economist Bob Evans famously called arguments that Medicare is unsustainable or that we therefore need privatization zombies: meaning that these ideas are constantly refuted by all the evidence, yet they keep being raised again and again.  Of course, that is because there are …

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Honour International Day For Indigenous Peoples By Honouring Treaties

Friday, August 9 is recognized globally as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has issued a special message stating: “We highlight the importance of honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples. …

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Municipal decision-makers have a role to play in creating equitable neighbourhoods

Our guest blogger is Dr. Kim Bergeron, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queeen’s University, Kingston, ON  Municipal elected officials and staff have an obligation to understand that where a person lives has as much influence on their health as …

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Toronto to provincial and federal governments: Time to close housing funding gap

The City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing have launched a new campaign designed to re-engage the federal and provincial governments in financial support of social housing. ‘Close the housing gap’ builds on the work of City Council’s special commission on TCHC housing chaired by Councillor …

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Business meets community in London PSiB social enterprise tour

Eight senior business leaders visited a series of community-based social enterprises in London, Ontario, as part of the national roll-out of the Prince’s Seeing is Believing (PSiB) initiative. PSiB was developed by HRH The Prince of Wales as a practical platform to engage senior business …

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Mayors Issue Powerful Call For National Housing Plan

The mayors of Canada’s biggest cities have issued a powerful call for a new national housing strategy in Canada. “We need to start working with the federal government and our provincial governments on a national view of housing,” says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, speaking on …

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Full house in London for business-community roundtable on mental health and employment

A full house of 50 business and community leaders packed the boardroom of the London (ON) Chamber of Commerce for that community’s first-ever business-community roundtable on mental health and employment on April 26. The event was co-hosted by Pillar Non-Profit, the London Chamber of Commerce, …

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