Reaction to Conservative Task Force on Gun-related Violence

Yesterday, Stephen Harper announced the establishment of a Conservative Task Force focusing on gun-related crime in cities.  The task force will tour Canada to meet with victims, agencies, law enforcement and local politicians. Earlier this year the Conservative party opposed a federal Budget proposing a …

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First Workshop of the Season

Yesterday we had our first workshop in our conference room at the new location (45 Charles St. East).  I’m pleased to report that it went great.  It’s a great room for the kind of workshops we put on as it fosters interactivity. Hopefully you’ll see …

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Changing Impact of Income Inequality

Wellesley Visiting Scholar John Myles has published a very interesting paper on the changing impact of income inequality. John is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto and holds a senior position with Statistics Canada. He argues that a crucial …

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Reforming Children's Services

Demos, a leading progressive British think tank, has published an analysis of very ambitious plans to reform children’s services in the UK: The Leadership Imperative. Reforming Children’s’ Services From the Ground Up. It will be useful to those interested in the social determinants of health …

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CNA: backgrounder on the social determinants of health

The Canadian Nurses Association has done a backgrounder on the social determinants of health for its members. The Association urges nurses to build understanding the social determinants into their assessments, and treatment and follow up plans; know what community resources are available to clients; if …

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Study reveals immigrants trapped by complex web of policy barriers

Social exclusion, access to employment and income distribution have been shown to be crucial determinants of health. At the same time, data indicates that while immigrants tend to have better than average health when they enter Canada, this deteriorates relative to the general population over …

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Canadian Nurses Association on the SDOH

Nurses’ professional associations have long done useful policy work on the social determinants of health. A recent paper from the Canadian Nurses Association highlights social justice as a crucial pre-condition of a healthy society. It sets out a useful Social Justice Gauge as a tool …

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Volunteering & Health

Recent English research on volunteering highlights the analytical value of drilling down into small-scale neighbourhood-based analyses to better understand the dynamics of poor communities. More and more research, including projects in which the Wellesley Institute is involved, focuses on how variations in community structure and …

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