Jobs and Poverty Reduction: HEIA in the 2014 Mayoral Election

Jobs and poverty reduction

Having enough money to meet your basic needs is essential to good health. However, too many Torontonians struggle to make ends meet. In Toronto in 2010, 19.3 percent of the population had income under Statistics Canada’s after-tax low income measure.1 This means that almost 497,000 people …

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Green Spaces and Active Transportation: HEIA in the 2014 Mayoral Election

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Green Spaces and Active Transportation Usable green spaces and being able to walk or bike around your neighbourhood to get to work or to pick up groceries makes a city livable. Toronto calls itself “a city within a park” and its patterns of development and …

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Housing: HEIA in the 2014 Mayoral Election

Health Equity in Housing

Toronto is experiencing a housing crisis with three major challenges: a lack of affordable housing, poor quality and inadequate social housing, and homelessness. For too many Torontonians the lack of affordable homes means having to spend too much of their income on rent. Housing is …

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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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The State Of Social Housing In Toronto And Canada: A Presentation To University Of Toronto Students

The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, joined the City of Toronto Director of Affordable Housing, Sean Gadon, at a seminar with University of Toronto students on March 24.

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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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