Ryan Meili uses powerful storytelling to bring SDoH to the policy table

  Ryan Meili uses powerful personal stories to argue that we must better address the social determinants of health (SDOH)on the political agenda for a truly healthy society. Yesterday, the Wellesley Institute hosted Meili in a casual forum to discuss what kind of policy changes …

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Stop ‘revolving door’ of incarceration and homelessness: new study calls for investment in transitional housing

Today in Ontario, people with past criminal justice involvement, who are homeless, must navigate the social services system on their own, often accessing services and programs without any defined plan. Last year, 70,903 prisoners were released from Ontario’s provincial correctional institutions, a number that will likely …

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A Collaborative Model Of Service Delivery For Adults With Disabilities Flip Sheet

The Listening to Learn project was a community-based research project that engaged adults with physical disabilities in Burlington, Ontario in a meaningful conversation about their experiences related to housing, services, and overall quality of life. The project involved four qualitative methods of gathering data: interviews, …

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Prince Charles hears from community, business leaders at Royal Report-Back session in Toronto

When His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, visited UforChange and Yonge Street Mission in downtown Toronto on May 22, it was part of a large and interesting initiative called Prince’s Seeing is Believing that brings together high-performing community organizations and senior business executives. Veteran Toronto Star columnist Carol Goar provides …

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Federal investments in housing are urgently needed in Canada

Canada urgently needs a comprehensive and fully-funded national housing plan – that’s the key message that the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, delivered at a community housing forum on May 24, 2012, hosted by Matthew Kellway, Member of Parliament. Federal investments …

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Welcome, Prince Charles! Wellesley Institute’s Rick Blickstead and Michael Shapcott join HRH at UforChange, YSM

The Wellesley Institute was delighted, and honoured, to join in welcoming His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to Toronto on May 22. Rick Blickstead, CEO of the Wellesley Institute, facilitated the Royal Report-Back session with Prince Charles at Yonge Street Mission, that included youth from …

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Ontario’s community legal clinics: Agents for building stronger, healthier communities

Ontario’s community legal clinics have a long and successful history of effective work with individual clients and on broader law reform / advocacy issues that has helped to create stronger and healthier communities. Michael Shapcott, the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, delivered a …

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Housing + income + food = health: Wellesley Institute submission to UN food expert

Housing, income, food and health are all strongly linked. It is important to understand the interconnections, the vicious and virtuous cycles that feed each other, and the impact policy and program interventions can have on those cycles. Those are some of the key messages that …

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Wilkinson says that equality is still better for everyone, and it’s time to act

Many of us today at the Wellesley Institute were fortunate to catch Richard Wilkinson’s lecture, courtesy of MASS LBP and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. It reminded us of several things, including why the project of solving income …

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Migrant workers, two-tiered employment, and health inequities

The federal government has introduced changes to rules governing temporary foreign workers, speeding up the process, and allowing these workers to be paid less. Working with a number of partners, the Wellesley Institute put forward a suite of policies to support the creation of good …

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