Experts and advocates agree: Toronto’s 2006 homeless street count was fatally flawed and does not provide reliable data to make important decisions about the allocation of funding for shelters, services or housing. This document presented to the Toronto City Council’s Community Services Committee on July 5, 2006 discusses the issues surrounding the 2006 Street Needs Assessment.
The intent was good, but the process was fatally flawed. City officials say that they want to get a better sense of the scope and scale of Toronto’s homeless population, but the recent homeless street count won’t provide any reliable data to make informed decisions. But there is a way to move forward, by building […]
Increasingly high summer temperatures have an impact on the health of all, especially the poor and elderly. This Wellesely Institute backgrounder provides a three-point “Cool Toronto” plan to bring down the temperature in an over-heated city.
This Wellesley Institute backgrounder, by Michael Shapcott looks at the constitutional and legal issues regarding the federal role in housing in Canada.
Toronto’s homeless street count and needs assessment has generated plenty of controversy. This Wellesley Institute backgrounder, prepared by Michael Shapcott, looks at the issues and concerns about counting the homeless.
The murder in Toronto of Bly ‘California’ Markis, 33, a homeless woman, in late April 2007, focused attention on the violence that people who are homeless suffer on the streets. People who are homeless face high rates of physical and sexual violence, according to research from Toronto, Canada, the United States and Europe. This backgrounder provides […]
Philip Mangano, was appointed as U.S. President Bush’s “homeless czar”, traveling across the U.S. – and Canada – spreading the message that local communities should adopt 10-year plans to end homelessness. Meanwhile, the Bush administration has been cutting funding for key housing initiatives. His message is familiar to Canadians, who have lived through two decades of […]
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This Wellesley Institute backgrounder underscores the need for Toronto City Council to invest in building a great city with home for all in this Toronto 2007 operating budget backgrounder.
Author: Dr. Michael Rachlis Released: October, 2007 Summary: Commissioned by the Wellesley Institute, this paper by Dr. Michael Rachlis demonstrates the efficiency, quality, equity and other problems associated with private financing and delivery of health care. At the same time, he argues that innovations within the public system can address waiting list and other problems […]
Outlining the need for a fair tax system to deliver solid investments in a healthy and prosperous Canada.
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