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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Ontario Improves Access To Health Care For Refugees

Ontario has joined other provinces in moving to fill the damaging gap created by last year’s federal cuts to refugee healthcare. The Ontario Temporary Health Program will provide access to most hospital, primary care, specialist, lab and diagnostic services, and to medication consistent with the …

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Violence Against Women: The Importance of Housing

As we mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, it is important to consider whether women experiencing violence have supports available to help them to leave dangerous situations. For women experiencing violence, financial dependence on their abusive partner is often …

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Violence Against Women: Why Race Matters

Violence against women isn’t picky. It crosses various lines including socio-economic status, religion, race, and culture. Statistics from the Canadian Women’s Foundation show that 50% of Canadian women experience physical or sexual assault after the age of 16 and that a woman is killed, on …

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Seeking Higher Ground Towards Healthier City-Building: Part One

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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, and non-governmental organizations are …

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Investing In A Healthy Toronto Executive Summary

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It’s time for a closer look at Toronto’s capital budgets. So many of our city’s most pressing needs can only be addressed through capital budget spending, and while they include transit, they go far beyond it. The need for infrastructure investment is well documented. Investing In A …

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