Why we must address the social determinants of health to truly reduce childhood obesity

Over the summer, I participated in the Centre for Environmental Health Equity’s Knowledge Leaders in Children’s Environmental Health program. The program brought together 20 emerging leaders in children’s environmental health research, policy, and community advocacy from across Canada to share knowledge, experience, and priorities and …

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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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