from Susan Krashinsky, The Globe and Mail
McDonald’s Canada CEO John Betts, left, is one of the experts participating in the program.
(KEVIN VAN PAASSEN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Last year, half a million people watched Chris Hadfield demonstrate how to drink coffee in space. Now, young people all over the country will have the chance to ask Mr. Hadfield out for a cup of coffee themselves.
The Toronto Youth Equity Strategy was released Tuesday. The report will go to the city’s development and recreation committee next week.
by Patty Winsa , Toronto Star
A comprehensive youth violence strategy released by the city Tuesday recommends appointing a councillor to serve as a “youth equity champion” and the creation of a city-wide committee to combat the problem.
The youth equity champion, who would be appointed in 2015, would promote the strategy in council and other levels of government, a position that has been missing since the city’s youth advocate position was eliminated years ago.
The city committee would include a staff representative from every department that serves youth. It is just one of a number of action plans contained in the strategy to help young people who are most vulnerable to violence or at risk of being involved in crime.
Because quality health care is equitable health care
from Mount Sinai Hospital
Have you ever witnessed discrimination or harassment take place? Would you know how to react? Welcome to the “Are You An ALLY?” campaign website. Here you will find six videos and other educational tools to better understand the perspectives and experiences of people who experience discrimination. With these tools you can learn how to interrupt discrimination or harassment when it occurs.
from Health Council of Canada
Report shows Canadians have different health care experiences Health Council of Canada releases 2013 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey results
Toronto, ON (January 20, 2014) – Today, the Health Council of Canada released results from the 2013 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of the General Public. Where You Live Matters: Canadian views on health care quality is the eighth and final bulletin in the Canadian Health Care Matters series.
The report focuses on differences across the 10 provinces, comparisons among the 11 OECD countries that participated in the survey, and changes in Canada’s performance over the past decade. These results show that where a person lives does matter. Canada shows largely disappointing performance compared to other high-income countries, some of which have made impressive progress. Also, there is considerable variation among provinces.
Survey results show that Canadians’ views about the health care system have grown more positive in the last decade, and more than half (61 per cent) rate their health status as very good or excellent, putting Canada among the top three of the 11 countries surveyed. However, there remain large and concerning variations in patients’ experiences in terms of access to care, coordination and integration of care, patient safety and preventive care.
from Royal Roads University
A new housing development is proposed for a small western town. It will increase the population and the workforce, but how will it affect things like water use and the natural habitat?
If we’re going to get serious, the wealthiest of us have to bend
by Dennis Raphael, The Hamilton Spectator
The last few weeks have seen much hand wringing about the continuing high levels of child poverty in Canada. Various solutions are offered such as increasing the basic benefits provided to parents of low-income children, improving educational practice, as well as a hodgepodge of measures designed to make living in poverty more palatable (e.g., free dental care for poor children, removing recreation fees, etc.)
by John Millar and Laurel Rothman, iPolitics
Every year, Campaign 2000, a non-partisan public education movement to build awareness around poverty issues in Canada, releases a report on the state of our country’s children. It doesn’t paint a rosy picture.
This year’s report shows that child poverty in Canada continues at a high and unacceptable level, with income inequality continuing to grow. Most provinces and all three territories have recognized this as a crisis, and have put in place poverty reduction plans. Unfortunately, the federal government has yet to come to the table, or to create a poverty reduction plan of its own, despite numerous recommendations from its own reports to do just that.
by Anne Tweddle, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute of Social Policy
This report focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as “welfare.” It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare.
Total welfare incomes consist of the sum of two main components:
- social assistance
- provincial/territorial and federal child benefits as well as relevantprovincial/territorial and federal tax credits.
Social assistance is the program of last resort. It is intended for persons who have exhausted all other means of financial support. Every province and territory has its own social assistance program, so no two are the same.
from Citizens for Public Justice
OTTAWA: December 11, 2013 – A report on income inequality released by the House of Commons’ Finance Committee yesterday doesn’t do nearly enough to address the needs of low-income Canadians, says national faith-based organization Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ).
According to CPJ’s Making Ends Meet report, released today, low-income families are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living. Making Ends Meet is the final report in CPJ’s Poverty Trends Scorecard series and notes that since the 2008-09 recession, the average price of goods and services has risen 6.7 per cent. Meanwhile, the average after-tax income for the poorest 20 per cent of households fell by 1.3 per cent over that same period. Many low-income families are turning to food banks, shelters, and credit cards to get by.
from Community Development Halton
This report documents the process and data used in the calculation of a living wage for Halton Region. It is intended to initiate a dialogue on the concept of a living wage in the context of poverty reduction. It also provides an opportunity for discussion of the various household expenditures included in the calculation.
Full Report (PDF)