Calgary’s plan includes creating personal support networks around individuals and families

ANDRÉ PICARD The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, May. 30 2013, 10:03 PM EDT Ottawa and the provinces have all the money and all the power, but it is cash-strapped municipalities and their partners in the non-profit sector that are tackling the tough issues in health care. Case in point: the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative. Earlier … Continue reading Calgary’s plan includes creating personal support networks around individuals and families

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People without Jobs — Jobs without People: Decoding Canada’s ‘skills crisis’

By: Dana Flavelle Economy, Published on Fri May 24 2013 Laid-off welders in Ontario sit idle, while oilsands employers in Alberta are chronically short-handed. High-skill jobs go unfilled, yet university graduates can’t find work. Canada has 1.33 million unemployed workers, yet business hired 338,000 temporary foreign workers last year, citing shortages in such low-skilled jobs as fast-food servers. … Continue reading People without Jobs — Jobs without People: Decoding Canada’s ‘skills crisis’

Summary Report: Grey Bruce Welcoming Communities Forum, 9 May 2013

The Welcoming Communities Forum identified strong community support and interest in building a more inclusive and welcoming approach to a wide range of newcomers. This was demonstrated through active engagement and attendance by the 70  participants at the Forum.  The discussion and panel clearly identified community needs and a list of recommended actions to improve … Continue reading Summary Report: Grey Bruce Welcoming Communities Forum, 9 May 2013

Right to Housing Charter Challenge in Courts

05-27-13 The right to housing in Canada is under the microscope today as the Ontario Superior Court reviewed a landmark Charter Challenge that considers whether homeless persons have had their rights violated by the Ontario provincial government and federal government. Originally launched in 2010 by the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) and a … Continue reading Right to Housing Charter Challenge in Courts

Treating poverty works like medicine, doctors say

Adding to poor patients' incomes works to decrease the health effects of poverty, Canadian doctors are finding. The Canadian Medical Association is asking people across the country how poverty affects their health as part of its national dialogue tour. The group said that social and economic factors determine 50 per cent of health outcomes. Dr. … Continue reading Treating poverty works like medicine, doctors say

Toronto high school students work to end local hunger on World Hunger Day.

By: Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter, Published on Tue May 28 2013 For about 30 high school students who have never known a Canada without food banks, a Toronto forum to mark World Hunger Day served up food for thought — and action Tuesday. Stories at the forum told by teachers, nurses, daycare workers and … Continue reading Toronto high school students work to end local hunger on World Hunger Day.

Living Wage the Best Way to Fight Child Poverty

Local school board sets a responsible example for other employers Work should lift us out of poverty. It's an aspiration many of us believe in, but one that eludes far too many Canadians. There are 1.8 million people working in Canada but not earning enough to pull themselves and their families out of poverty. This … Continue reading Living Wage the Best Way to Fight Child Poverty

Homeless single mothers equipped for a new life: Goar

Homeless single mothers equipped for a new life: Goar Four years ago, these graduates were living in women’s shelters, hiding behind false names, not daring to think about the future. Today, they are working in banks, law offices, high-tech firms or Woodgreen’s network of early learning centres. Their salaries range from $35,000 to $55,000. Their … Continue reading Homeless single mothers equipped for a new life: Goar