Deputation Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for Stronger Economy Act Social Planning Toronto 30 October 2014

Good afternoon, Chair and members of the Committee. My name is John Campey, Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto, a non-profit organization engaged in independent social planning, community research and policy analysis. I am also speaking on behalf of the Social Planning Network of Ontario, representing the fifteen Social Planning Councils from across the Province of Ontario.

As an organization committed to social and economic justice and equity, we would like to endorse the Worker’s Action Centre’s submission on Bill 18, the Strong Workplaces for Stronger Economy Act. We are very pleased that you have brought to the table the need for better protections for workers. We strongly support the several amendments to the Bill proposed by the Workers’ Action Centre, and would like to talk specifically about two of them.

SPT fact sheets are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Russian, Punjabi, Portuguese, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Tigrinya and Yoruba languages

SPT has produced 22 fact sheets ahead of the upcoming Municipal Election. These sheets provide an introduction and analysis of important city-wide issues and include questions to candidates and links to further resources for residents.

Seven most important fact sheets have been translated into 13 languages by SPT partners and other community organizations. You can view these fact sheets by visiting our election website at www.election2014.ca, “Fact Sheets” section.

(For direct link to this section, click http://election2014.ca/?page_id=275)

Please use these resources and share them with your friends, colleagues and community members.

SPT would like to thank the following organizations for translating the fact sheets:

  • Chinese Canadian National Council –Toronto Chapter
  • Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
  • African Canadian Social Development Council
  • West Neighbourhood House
  • Multilingual Community Interpreter Services

Summarized Versions of Candidates’ Survey Responses Now on SPT Election Website

A team of SPT staff and volunteers have developed summarized versions of comprehensive survey responses fromcandidates. These summaries provide a quick overview of candidates’ views, positions and policies on many important city-wide issues. Residents now have the convenience of comparing the positions and views of several mayoral candidates as well as City Council and Toronto District School Board (TDSB) candidates running in their ward.

You can view these summary sheets by visiting our election website at www.election2014.ca. For a direct link, please click here.

Please read these summary sheets, share them, and don’t forget to vote on Monday, October 27th!

October 6 - Community Services Day!

Monday, October 6
1-3 PM
Toronto City Hall
Members' Lounge

Celebrate the important work of the nonprofit community sector, and the vital role that the City of Toronto plays in this work!

  • Meet and greet with community and sector leaders, and candidates for City Council
  • Report release: "Building Toronto, Creating Community: The City of Toronto's Investment in Nonprofit Community Services"
  • Our stories: Impact of community services in neighbourhoods across Toronto
  • Lessons from the arts community
  • "My First Time" video showcase
  • "Community Services: Building Toronto" campaign launch

Organized by Commitment to Community & Social Planning Toronto

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-services-day-tickets-13283887465

Contact: Mary Micallef at 416-351-0095 x251 or mmicallef@socialplanningtoronto.org

Download flyer here

SPT at Toronto the Good

Toronto the Good party, held annually by fellow architects, designers and artists each year, took place at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District on September 11 to bring together about 700 people to mingle with the Toronto mayoral candidates. Social Planning Toronto, along with other community organizations promoting civic engagement ahead of the October 27th municipal election, hosted a table and introduced participants and candidates to its work on civic engagement and community research. Fact sheets on important City services and flyers on most recent research projects by Social Planning Toronto were distributed to participants.

SPT Forum - Social Impact Bonds: The Future of Non-Profit Funding?

IMPORTANT - CHANGE OF VENUE:  Due to overwhelming demand, we have relocated this event to a larger venue.  The forum will take place at College Street United Church, 452 College Street (corner of College and Bathurst).

Join us on Tuesday, February 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon for an SPT Research and Policy Forum - Social Impact Bonds: The Future of Non-Profit Funding?


SPT Triple Threat to Equity- Quadrant Meetings

The Ministry of Education gives extra money to school boards to directly support English Language Learners and students living in poverty. For years school boards have allowed that money to be spent on other things. It’s time to spend the money where it should be spent.

Social Planning Toronto, with the support of many community members and organizations, is hosting quadrant meetings to discuss this issue. Learn how you can make an impact on this year’s budget and stop the threats to equity! 

Join us in stopping the cuts!

"Happily Ever After" Symposium Proceedings

SPT's successful two-day symposium in February had a relationship theme-"Shotgun Weddings", "Arranged Marriages", and "Friends with Benefits"- to playfully describe the evolving relationships in the community services sector. SPT welcomed over 160 participants from a wide range of organizations and institutions across Toronto and other parts of Ontario. Here's the full report and outcomes.

2013 Frances Lankin

Social Planning Toronto
2013 Frances Lankin
Community Services Award

 Social Planning Toronto is pleased to announce that the Frances Lankin Community Service Awards for 2013 will be presented to Rob Howarth, and posthumously to Colin Hughes and Charlotte Maher

 Rob Howarth

SPT 2013 Symposium

“Happily Ever After? ‘Shotgun Weddings’, ‘Arranged Marriages’ and ‘Friends with Benefits’: Evolving Relationships in the Community Services Sector”

SPT 2013 SymposiumSocial Planning Toronto (SPT), in partnership with Toronto Neighbourhood Centres and the City-Wide Agency Network and supported by United Way Toronto and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will hold its 2013 Symposium at the Metro Central YMCA. This year’s Symposium, “Happily Ever After? ‘Shotgun Weddings’, ‘Arranged Marriages’ and ‘Friends with Benefits’: Evolving Relationships in the Community Services Sector”, will focus on responses and alternatives to consolidation and standardization in the community services sector.

We will clarify the implications of mergers, consolidations, rationalizations, and integration across the sector. We intend to create a safe environment within which sector leaders can learn more about and critically evaluate these pressures,
 as well as access and develop tools and strategies to respond to them. Speakers will provide a wide range of perspectives and include keynote presenters Sheldon Levy (President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University), Mitzie Hunter (CEO, Greater Toronto CivicAction Network), and Camille Orridge (CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network).


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