Updates

Put Food in the Budget - Annual Campaign Meeting - December 4, 2014

Thursday, Dec 4 : 11:00 – 4:30, Bathurst College United Church

452 College Street at Bathurst

(Lunch provided, TTC Tokens available)

7:00 PM - Celebration & Fundraiser with Harry Leslie Smith,

author of Harry’s Last Stand 519 Church Street Community Centre,  (519 Church Street at Wellesley)

$10/Person, $25 Solidarity Tickets

Join Put Food In The Budget In Toronto: Register at www.putfoodinthebudget.ca

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?

Speakers:

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

growing income gap and the missing middle in Scarborough - Community Forum

growing income gap and the missing middle in
Scarborough
community forum


Wednesday December 5
6:00pm – 9:00pm
University of Toronto –
Scarborough Campus
(1265 Military Trail)
Instructional Centre
Room: IC 230



Community Use of Space Survey 2012

Everywhere we look we see the encroachments on the hard work that we have done over the last decade to help improve community access to space. We are disturbed to hear new stories about fee increases and public buildings that are erecting barriers to access. At the same time we are inundated with concerns around violence, obesity rates and mental health.

How do we unite these conversations and get key decision-makers on board to protect and properly fund access to public space - so essential to the offering of community programming?

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