Canada’s colour code keeps workers out of good jobs

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On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination a new report by the Wellesley Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reveals that despite an increasingly diverse population, Canada’s racialized income gap shows a colour code is still at work in Canada’s …

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Organizing For Action In A Complex, Dynamic World: Presentation Notes

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In a complex and dynamic world, how do you organize compelling ideas into pragmatic action for change? The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott spoke to a graduate seminar at the University of Toronto on ‘wicked’ policy problems and models for effective strategies. Click here for his …

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Homefullness For All Of Canada: Presentation To Dignity For All national Summit

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Dignity for All – the national campaign for a poverty-free Canada – held a national summit in Ottawa on March 3, 2011. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott delivered a presentation on housing and homelessness that underlined the many costs of deep and persistent housing insecurity …

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Creating Homefullness In Ontario: Presentation To Toronto Anglican Diocesan Committee

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Creating homefullness in Ontario is the title of a presentation to the Anglican Diocese of Toronto’s Social Justice and Advocacy Committee by the Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. In this presentation, Michael provides a brief overview of the housing landscape, Ontario …

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Driving health equity into action: Bob Gardner at Ryerson Conference

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Policy makers, community partners, scholars, and students explored the challenges and issues surrounding a more equitable Canada last Saturday. The Wellesley Institute’s Bob Gardner gave a keynote speech arguing that health equity can be realized, and outlined a roadmap with the strategies, tools, policy changes and community …

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Mental Well-Being Impact Assessment: A Primer

To drive health equity into action we need to understand the needs of health disadvantaged populations, identify barriers to equitable access to quality care, and build equity into priority setting, resource allocation and performance management.  We need effective and useable equity-focused planning tools.  One problem …

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Health Promotion Through An Equity Lens

Health promotion is crucial to keeping people well and preventing illness. A major challenge is that many health promotion programs are focused on individual behaviour and do not take peoples’ unequal conditions and opportunities into account.  As a result, they are not effective for vulnerable …

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Health Equity Impact Assessment: A Primer

To drive health equity into action we need to understand the needs of health disadvantaged populations, identify barriers to equitable access to quality care, and build equity into priority setting, resource allocation and performance management. Health Equity Impact Assessment is a practical and effective planning …

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What Is Health Equity?

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Health equity is deep in the DNA of the Wellesley Institute. Many health statistics report averages over a large population – the entire City of Toronto or even the whole country of Canada. But averages can obscure the reality that certain groups (such as poor …

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