SPT Forum - Promoting Youth Civic Engagement in the 2015 Federal Election

Join us on Tuesday, July 28 from 2-5 p.m. at the College Street United Church, 452 College Street, corner of College and Bathurst! (We've moved to College Street United Church in order to accommodate more people).

What? A forum to explore the barriers and opportunities to engage youth from a diversity of communities in the next federal election

When? Tuesday, July 28 from 2-5pm

Where? College Street United Church, 452 College Street (College and Bathurst)

Who? A wonderful panel -

Announcement – New Executive Director Social Planning Toronto

After a rigorous selection process, Social Planning Toronto is very pleased to announce that we have selected Sean Meagher as our new Executive Director.

Sean has a long history in community engagement and community development across Toronto, with a record of innovative and inclusive strategies that reflect Social Planning Toronto’s values and commitment.

Sean has, over the last 30 years, shown himself to be an effective advocate for public policy that creates a more equitable and inclusive city, often in collaboration with Social Planning Toronto.

SPT Inclusionary Zoning Forum - videos of all speakers available

On Thursday, May 21st, Social Planning Toronto hosted a forum at College Street United Church to discuss possibilities and prospects of Inclusionary Zoning programs and their effectiveness in
addressing an affordable housing crisis in Toronto.  70 people were in attendance and the event drew the attention of some media (including Metroland Media's - Inside Toronto).  SPT Board Member Brian Eng, who was behind the vision to organize the Inclusionary Zoning forum, moderated the discussion.

Join Us for SPT's Annual General Meeting & Social Justice Panel!

The Board of Directors of Social Planning Toronto invite you to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting & Social Justice Panel!

Tuesday, May 12th 2015, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Central YMCA of Greater Toronto Auditorium
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge St. two blocks north of College), Toronto

5:30 p.m. – Registration, Reception
6:00 p.m. – Business Meeting
7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion
7:45 p.m. - Question and Answer

Social Planning Toronto’s 2014 Year-end Review

Social Planning Toronto’s 2014 Year-end Review
Social Planning Toronto is pleased to release its year-end review highlighting its major accomplishments in 2014. Some highlights are:

  • Commitment to Community’s (C2C) successful campaign during the budget process
  • Civic engagement work around Provincial and Municipal elections
  • Big wins at the City Hall
  • City Council’s unanimous vote to develop a poverty reduction strategy for the City of Toronto

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

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