Healthy Policy For A Healthy Toronto

Toronto CIty Hall - What the candidates aren't talking about

Our Mayoral Health Equity Impact Assessments came out each week in the final lead up to the Toronto 2014 Mayoral election. With these pieces we hoped to provide insight into the important policy issues that impact the health of Torontonians, and asked the question, What …

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Why Do Trans People Avoid Emergency Departments?

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Nobody likes going to the emergency department, but it’s reassuring to know that its there if we need it. New research from the Trans PULSE study, one of the longest running community-academic partnerships in research in the province, however, found that 21 percent of transgender, transsexual, or transitioned (trans) …

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Dealing With Urban Health Crises: Responses To Cuts To The Interim Federal Health Program

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Dealing with Urban Health Crises: Responses to Cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program was presented to  the International Conference on Urban Health, Manchester, United Kingdom, March 7, 2014.

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Refugee Health Cuts: Lessons From An Avoidable Urban Health Crisis

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It has been over a year and a half since reforms to the Interim Federal Health program (IFH) resulted in cuts to refugee health benefits. In that time we have seen an urban health crisis unfold across the country. As we have documented in our several …

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The Real Cost of Cutting the Interim Federal Health Program

Refugees are among the most vulnerable people in Canada. They have experienced persecution in their home country and, as a consequence are at greater risk of poor health, especially mental health. Historically, these health needs were recognized by the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program, which …

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The Real Cost Of Cutting The Interim Federal Health Program

On June 30, 2012, the federal government made changes to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program that resulted in the effective elimination of health care coverage for many refugees and refugee claimants and reduced access to health care services for most. The new program provides …

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Driving Health Equity for Refugee and Immigrant Populations: Policy Actions Needed

I was speaking at a fascinating conference in Montreal.  The seminar was reporting on the final stages of a comprehensive multi-site research project on the factors that shape the health of refugee and immigrant children and families, their access to health care and overall health …

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Rethinking Refugee Rights on Refugee Rights Day

April 4th is the anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in 1985: Singh v. Minister of Employment and Immigration. The Singh decision recognized that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protected the fundamental rights of refugees. International migrants make up approximately …

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“Sanctuary City” means a healthier Toronto for everyone

By David Leacock, Policy and Research Intern at the Wellesley Institute Yesterday Toronto City Council took an important step toward improving access to the city for undocumented workers. The motion, approved by an overwhelming majority 37-3, affirmed a recommendation from the Community Development and Recreation …

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The Real Cost Of Casinos: A Health Equity Impact Assessment

Over recent months, there has been much conversation about the possibility of a casino being built in the City of Toronto. The debate has largely focused on the potential of a casino to provide a new revenue stream for the city and the casino’s possible …

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