This year Labour Day coincides with the official start of the Ontario provincial election campaign. September 5th, union members will be celebrating labour history and their hopes for the future of our working lives. It’s a time for all of us in Ontario to think about what kind of labour market we should build. And, […]
The Wellesley Institute joined about 300 other organizations and individuals who offered expert views on the implications to the City of Toronto of significant cuts to municipal programs and services as identified by the Core Services Review. Scores of video-deputations from the marathon meeting of the city’s executive committee meeting on July 28 and 29 […]
In an editorial in The Toronto Star online, Wellesley Institute’s Rick Blickstead looks at the health implications of the proposed service cuts at the City of Toronto and advises readers that cuts come with a price that must be considered. As we build the future of the city, Torontonians need to think about the kind […]
While we understand the City’s fiscal pressures, the Wellesley Institute has concerns about the compressed nature of this year’s budget cycle. Typically, the City budget process continues at least through the fall, allowing the City to more effectively dovetail its budget deliberations with those of the federal and provincial levels of government. This new timeframe […]
Primary health care providers should take “significant action on poverty as a health risk, while simultaneously working toward higher level systemic changes to reduce the impact of poverty on health” – that’s one of the conclusions of a new qualitative study on poverty and health in the latest edition of the peer-reviewed BMC Family Practice […]
City planning is a complex and multi faceted undertaking that requires much collaboration between public and private stakeholders – it is an opportunity for policy makers to shape a space that fosters community, health, and equality. To this end, crafting cityscapes is a task that requires dialogue, careful planning, and dedicated consideration of local priorities.
Health inequalities between different population groups have major implications for governments. But how do we tackle differences in health outcomes that are avoidable, unfair and systematically related to social inequality and disadvantage?
After the marathon Parliamentary debate on the back to work legislation for postal workers, it was interesting to come across this post from the Inequalities blog on the impact of unions on inequality.
Six months ago, Wellesley Institute, Atkinson Foundation and Metcalf Foundation first brought together thoughtful leaders, practitioners and scholars to envision, in a pragmatic and practical way, 21st century labour market policies for Ontario. What grew from these discussions were a clear set of labour market policy proposals focused on workforce development and labour market regulation. […]
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