A Better Budget for A Better City: What Ford can learn from Nenshi

The whole city has cause to reflect after last year’s budget process. From the Core Service Review to the all-night-meetings and subsequent cuts and ill-thought out fees for sports fields, last year’s city budget process fell short of what’s needed for better city building. We’ve …

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Three reasons why cutting the Hardship Fund is unfair and inequitable

News emerged this morning that the City has quietly cut the Hardship Fund – a fund that provides essential medical supports to people who do not receive social assistance, but who have very low or precarious incomes. The Fund meets the needs of residents where …

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Community safety and security, gun violence and population health

Recent shootings in Toronto have raised public debate about community safety and security. Once the shooting starts, it is clear that a strong police response is required, along with effective criminal sanctions. The City of Toronto spends more than a billion dollars annually to fund …

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Killer heat and smog: Bad for our population health, need to focus on long-term strategies

Toronto continues to suffer under extreme heat – along with many other places throughout North America. The very high temperatures, combined with humidity, are not merely uncomfortable, but deadly for the health of individual people and the population health of the entire community. Toronto Public …

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POWER: A Vital Ingredient for Equity-Driven Health Reform

The POWER (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report) study has been an amazing source of data and evidence on population health, the persistent and damaging nature of health inequities and their underlying social determinants of health.  But it has also played a vital …

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From Neighbourhood to Community: Health and Social Supports North of the Danforth

The Wellesley Institute supported South Riverdale Community Health Centre, the Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) based out of WoodGreen Community Services, and the Massey Centre for Women to paint a portrait and deliver solid analysis of the social struggle and shortcomings in the area coined …

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