With grateful acknowledgement to Clement Clarke Moore, whose poem “Twas the night before Christmas” provided the inspiration for this more contemporary rendering, here is a holiday greeting to one and all:
Archives for 2007
Toronto is no longer a “city of neighbourhoods” but has become a “city of disparities”. That is a key finding of powerful new research from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Urban and Community Studies.
Rents in privately-owned housing are continuing to skyrocket across Canada, according to the latest national rental market survey released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. A new affordability index developed by CMHC reveals that more than half the renter households in 11 of Canada’s 26 major urban areas cannot afford the average market rent […]
Every year, as the holiday season approaches, a group of low-income tenants and housing advocates gather to remember the ten people who died in the Rupert Hotel rooming house fire, and to re-commit themselves to the campaign for safe and affordable homes for all. This year’s Rupert memorial will be held on Thursday, December 13, […]
The Canadian Policy Research Networks has just released a series of research reports on social housing covering a wide range of issues that aims to put the “social” back in social housing. Lately, there have been a number of important new housing research projects that aim to raise the level of understanding, and support, for […]
Social programs in Ontario are supposed to help lower-income people in practical ways – with decent-paying jobs, housing, medical help and other necessities. A powerful new research report from social policy expert John Stapleton called “Why is it so tough to get ahead” provides a strong indictment of social programs. Instead of assisting poor people, […]
Bob Gardner, Director of Research and Policy, presented at the OPHA in November 2007 on health equity, chronic disease, and the social determinants of health. His Blueprint for Health Equity talk sets out promising policy directions and action to reduce health disparities. Here is the presentation: OPHA Symposium: Blueprint for Health Equity View more documents […]
The Wellesley Institute’s Bob Gardner, Director of Policy and Research, has been appointed Special Advisor on Health Equity to the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for a three-month period.
As Bob Gardner explains in his recent article, Thinking Globally, Acting Locally about Health Reform (in a special edition of Making Waves), it is by understanding and focussing on health disparities on a regional basis, in particular within the structures of Regional Health Authorities, that on-the-ground strategies to reduce health disparities can be developed and
The Ontario government opened the current session of the provincial Legislature on Thursday, November 29, with a promise to “begin work” on “reducing child poverty” by developing a poverty reduction strategy that would include “more affordable housing”. This promise needs to be matched with funding and programs before it will have any impact on actually […]