Bob Gardner spoke to the board of the Family Service Association of Toronto. The talk focussed on the potential of LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) to support enhanced health equity, equity and related challenges to be faced in the coming period and implications for community-based service providers. Here is the presentation: LHINs: Drivers of a […]
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The United Way of Greater Toronto has issued a powerful new study that shows growing poverty among families in Toronto. Meanwhile, Campaign 2000 – the national child poverty group – has released its 2007 report card with a poverty reduction strategy.
The City of Toronto has issued its first extreme cold alert for the winter season of 2007/08 today. Many meteorologists with lots of computer power work together to make the call about extreme cold alerts, but the bottom line is that the weather can be deadly for those who are outside, such as homeless people.
Toronto City Council will consider a plan to sell about 500 “scattered” affordable homes that are owned by the city on November 20, 2007. The sponsors of the scheme say that that some of the millions of dollars that would be generated from the sale could be used to re-house the 500 households, and the […]
It has been a while coming, but the City of Toronto is set to launch its 10-year housing plan on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The city's plan is called Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) and it comes one year after the Wellesley Institute's Blueprint to End Homelessness was launched. The HOT plan draws on many of the […]
… that’s the only way to describe the urban health landscape in the United States, the richest country in the world and the self-proclaimed leader of the “free” world. I’ve been in Baltimore for the International Conference on Urban Health and on Thursday afternoon was invited to visit parts of the inner city. I visited […]
Canada has received both a sharp reprimand and a strong call to action in the preliminary observations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Miloon Kothari, in his preliminary observations at the end of his fact-finding mission to Canada (October 22, 2007).
The Speech from the Throne, which will be read on Tuesday, October 16, sets the key objectives for the federal government in the next session of Parliament. The throne speech, along with the budget (which is usually released in February), are the two most important annual policy statements of the federal government. The policy environment […]
A public forum with MILOON KOTHARI, United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, and BARBARA HALL, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission. Friday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Church of the Holy Trinity, Trinity Square (southwest of Yonge and Dundas). Miloon Kothari, the UN-appointed expert on housing rights, is on a fact-finding mission […]
Streethealth, a community-based nursing group in downtown Toronto, is releasing a new survey of the health conditions of homeless people today (Wednesday, September 19). Based on a detailed review of more than 360 homeless people, the new study builds on the ground-breaking 1992 Street Health report. It makes for grim reading: Here in the richest […]