One size user fees don’t fit all

Today’s edition of the Globe and Mail reports about community anger about new user fees for the use of Toronto’s municipal playing fields. The health promoting benefits of staying fit and active are well-established, but one-size-fits-all user fees can mean that people with low incomes …

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Advancing Health, Health Equity and Opportunities for Children in Tough Times

Recently, the Wellesley Institute’s Bob Gardner and Steve Barnes made a presentation about advancing health, health equity, and opportunities for children in tough times to staff from the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. Bob spoke about the pervasive and damaging health …

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Wellesley Urban Health Model

The Wellesley Urban Health Model simulates alternative scenarios to help explain the impact of interventions on poor health outcomes such as chronic disease rates, disability rates and mortality rates. The model also gives insight into how much and how quickly interventions can reduce mortality and …

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Listening To Learn: Understanding The Needs Of Adults With Physical Disabilities Living In The Burlington Area Throughout Their Lifespan

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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Freezing welfare: The wrong decision at the wrong time

Yesterday, in advance of the Ontario 2012 Budget, Premier McGuinty announced that social assistance rates will be frozen for a year and that the scheduled $200 increase in the Ontario Child Benefit will be reduced to $100, with the remaining $100 being delayed until July …

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Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Equity

Chronic disease prevention and management is a key health priority for the Ontario government, as evidenced by a chronic disease framework and disease-specific strategies. And as the government looks to reign in health spending, we can expect an even greater focus on health promotion initiatives …

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Youth, social policy, and health: making the connections

Currently, when a Crown ward turns 21, they are no longer eligible for provincial assistance through the Children’s Aid Society. Caseworkers are faced with few options other than referring their young clients to shelters and the social assistance system for continued support. A new report …

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Defining Resiliency, Constructing Equity

Resilience is often described as an individual attribute, but emerging research suggests that contextual and cultural factors are just as significant and can offer important insights for community mental health. This report examines the local understandings that have emerged about resilience related to refugee resettlement …

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