Childhood obesity in Ontario: why we must act now

Childhood obesity is increasing in Ontario and this has caused concern amongst governments, communities, and families. For kids, obesity can also lead to a lifetime of poor health but by tackling childhood obesity now we can lead kids toward a healthy adulthood. In Canada: 26 …

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Reducing Childhood Obesity In Ontario Through A Health Equity Lens

Childhood obesity is increasing in Ontario and has significant health implications. But not all children are affected equally by the burden of poor health and obesity. This paper sets out strategies to reduce childhood obesity in Ontario and its associated health problems by taking a …

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Urban Aboriginal youth and corporate Canada: A powerful exchange through Prince’s Seeing is Believing

The powerful and engaging work that Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and Native Child and Family Services do with urban Aboriginal youth was in the spotlight on Sept. 13 for the second Prince’s Seeing is Believing community tour. PSiB was launched by HRH Prince Charles more than two …

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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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