How much OLG money is enough to harm the health and well-being of Torontonians?

News emerged today that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is promising a special deal to provide Toronto with a larger slice of the proceeds if a casino is built in the city. The OLG figures suggest that Toronto would receive somewhere in the range …

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Childhood obesity: it’s about more than banning marketing of junk food

The media had a field day yesterday with the proposal from Ontario’s Healthy Kids Panel to ban marketing of junk food to kids under 12. Sadly, this missed a number of crucial recommendations that would address the underlying contributors to childhood obesity. The Wellesley Institute …

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Building Health and Equity Into Policy: Policy Orientated Health Equity Impact Assessments

Addressing “wicked” policy and social problems such as systemic health inequities and their underlying social determinants requires comprehensive and coordinated action across government and other sectors – and that needs good planning. Health equity impact assessments have been emphasized here in Ontario and in many …

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Wealth equals health in Toronto, but we can change that

A new study in Toronto shows how socioeconomic status can have a significant impact on your access to health care. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined whether patients who identified themselves as either a bank employee or a welfare recipient (implying …

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Community Health Impacts Of A Toronto Casino

The Wellesley Institute deputed to the Board of Health in November 2012 about the population health impacts of problem gambling. Our health equity impact assessment of the proposal to build a casino in the GTA and found that a casino would likely result in poorer …

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More evidence that a casino is bad for Toronto’s health

By Steve Barnes and Jo Snyder A new report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, provides more evidence about the community health impacts of a casino in Toronto. Dr. McKeown sets out how building a casino will impact the health of Torontonians …

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Social assistance reform is happening: Here’s three things to look out for

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne announced this week that social assistance reform is one of her key priorities. Wynne has asked the Secretary of the Cabinet – Ontario’s top civil servant – to put together an implementation plan for the recommendations made by the social assistance …

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Tracking the impact of cuts to housing and homelessness supports

Ontario recently eliminated the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB). The CSUMB helped people receiving social assistance to pay for large or unexpected housing-related costs, supporting them to become and remain housed. As of January 1, 2013, the CSUMB ended and 50 percent of its …

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