This article launches a new and more simple definition of institutional racism. A more straightforward definition will help organizations take action. Simply put, institutional racism exists when there are racial disparities with no effective action to decrease them.
After 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was killed by racist thugs while waiting for a bus in South London in 1993, no one would have guessed that it would lead to a rediscovery of the concept of institutional racism, a revolution in public services in the UK, and a new definition of racism in Canada in 2017. […]
Authors: Seong-gee Um, Naomi Lightman The growing ethnic and linguistic diversity amongst senior populations has been well documented within Canada overall, and specifically within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Healthy aging is what we all desire, but how we age in the GTA is not the same for everyone. Some face greater health challenges than […]
Ontario’s changing demographics bring challenges to the home care sector. Three issues are at the intersection of these challenges: the rapid growth of our aging population, the expanding ethnocultural diversity of our seniors, and the pressure felt by the home care sector. We usually think of them separately, but when they intersect there’s a multitude […]
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has announced the appointment of the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying. This panel is chaired by the Honourable Marie Deschamps, C.C., Ad. E., former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and Adjunct Professor at McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke. Wellesley Institute CEO Dr. Kwame McKenzie will chair the Working […]
Ontarians take pride in being the most multicultural province in Canada. Our province is home to over 50 percent of Canada’s newcomers, and nearly 15 percent of households speak a non-official language. This cultural and linguistic diversity is celebrated and protected through the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the […]
Continue ReadingInterpreting Consent: A Rights-Based Approach to Language Accessibility in Ontario’s Health Care System Download PublicationInterpreting Consent: A Rights-Based Approach to Language Accessibility in Ontario’s Health Care System
Connecting with the health care system is an important part of the settlement process when moving to Canada from another country. For those who grew up in Canada, we don’t always realize how complex navigating the system for the first time can be. To promote good health and address their health care needs we need […]
An accessible TTC is about more than just fairness, it’s about our health and we have an opportunity to improve what is, for many, a patchwork system. With the TTC committed to barrier-free transit for all by 2025 it is important to understand the growing need for safe and equitable transit access. Individuals living with […]
In Ontario, there is great concern about chronic homelessness and renewed attention to supportive housing for those living with mental illness or addictions. This in-depth report takes a broader look at supportive housing for these populations. We ask, what exists today and how did it come to be? What different approaches exist? What ideas and […]
The purpose of this scoping review is to identify interventions that have improved aspects of refugee social capital resulting in improved health in other cities. Implementing these kinds of interventions locally has promise for improved health and health equity for refugee populations here at home in the GTA.
Continue ReadingThriving Together: A Scoping Review of Interventions to Improve Refugee Social Capital & Health Download PublicationThriving Together: Interventions to Improve Refugee Social Capital and Health