What the Candidates Aren’t Talking About: HEIA in the 2014 Mayoral Election

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Over the past four weeks, we’ve been looking at the platforms of the three main mayoral candidates and asking whether their proposals could contribute to good health in Toronto. We found that none of the candidates have set out a vision for a healthy Toronto …

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Transit: HEIA in the 2014 Mayoral Election

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Transit is critical to how cities move, grow and interact. Having access to high quality public transit opens doors for people to travel to and from work, school, grocery stores, recreation spaces, and places to socialize. However, our current transit system has significant accessibility and …

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Jobs and Poverty Reduction: HEIA in the 2014 Mayoral Election

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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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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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Wellesley Institute 2014 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

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The Wellesley Institute recently made a submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs about what needs to be included in Ontario’s 2014 Budget. We made a range of recommendations, including increasing social assistance rates, changing the rules around child support for people …

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Seeking Higher Ground Towards Healthier City-Building: Part Two

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Gradual changes in our physical environments, including the dominance of low-density, car-oriented sprawling suburban neighbourhoods in North America, have facilitated more sedentary lifestyles and contributed to a significant rise in chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Municipal governments, local community agencies, …

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