Updates

Register for the February Research & Policy Forum: "The Real Cost of Public Education: Fees, Fundraising, Equity and Access in Ontario"

Being a student in Ontario’s public education system is supposed to mean having access to a top-quality education - free of charge.  This past reality, unfortunately, is not our present state of affairs. User fees, many violating Ontario’s Education Act, are popping up throughout the system to cover gaps in funding. In our more affluent schools parents are fundraising hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover items ranging from computers to school renovations to art supplies that used to be funded out of school budgets, while other students in other schools go without. Our neediest students, even our middle-class students, are struggling to pay for an education that should be free, while some schools are providing an education subsidized by the wealth of generous alumni.

How do we begin to reintroduce equity into the education system?

City Budget Watch Update - January 14, 2011

City Budget Watch Update – January 14, 2011

The Budget Committee concluded their budget review with City Councillors today – almost.  Because analyst notes were not available for the Toronto Police Service (and by the look of the website, analyst notes also appear to be missing for the Toronto Transit Commission as well) due to recent changes in these budgets, an additional Budget Committee has been scheduled for Thursday, January 20 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall in Committee Room 1.

Today’s Budget Committee meeting covered a number of agencies including Toronto Police Serviceand Toronto Transit Commission.  With regard to police services, TPS brought their requested increase down by delaying recruitment of new officers, cutting premium pay and reducing contribution to reserves.

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Register for the SPT Member Forum on the City’s 2011 Operating Budget

When: Monday, January 17, 2011 from 3-5 p.m.

Where: The 519 Community Centre (map)

This session will include an overview of the 2011 operating budget, and analysis of various aspects of the budget of interest to the nonprofit community sector and residents.

Confirmed speakers (to date):

  • Councillor Shelley Carroll
  • John Cartwright (Toronto and York Region Labour Council),
  • Rob Howarth (Toronto Neighbourhood Centres),
  • Jane Mercer (Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care),
  • Michael Shapcott (Wellesley Institute),
  • Karen Sun (Chinese Canadian National Council – Toronto Chapter),
  • Susan Wright (Toronto Arts Council),
  • speaker from the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

More info to come. Register today by completing the form below or call (416) 351-0095 x257.

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Video of SPT's December Research & Policy Forum: “Can We Talk?” is now available online!

“Can We Talk?” The relationship between the nonprofit sector and the Ontario government.

Join us for an important discussion of current opportunities and challenges for the sector in its relationship with the provincial government.

Speakers:

  • Lynn Eakin, Lynn Eakin and Associates, and Ontario Nonprofit Network
  • Margaret Hancock, Family Service Toronto, Ontario Nonprofit Network Steering Committee, and the Community Social Services Campaign
  • Kathy Johnson, CUPE and the Community Social Services Campaign

 

Issues:

  • Update on the Partnership Project
  • Sector implications of recent provincial bills including:
  • Bill 16 (wage freeze)
  • Bill 65 (corporations act)
  • Bill 122 (procurement policy)

Translations of Toronto Community Resource Guide for Non-Status Immigrants – 2010 Edition Now Available for Download

Social Planning Toronto has released Chinese, English, Spanish and Tamil versions of the 2nd edition of the Toronto Community Resource Guide for Non-Status Immigrants. The resource guide is a directory of community services and programs in which residents lacking secure immigration status in Toronto can access, including health, housing, shelter, settlement, food banks and education. The resource guide contains over 130 different community agencies and organizations and lists over 170 office/service locations across the city. In developing the 2010 edition of the guide, we surveyed or spoke to each agency listed to determine which programs and services were accessible to non-status immigrants, whether identification or immigrant documentation was required and if status information was kept strictly confidential. The second edition also includes additional program and service categories such as mental health services, financial counselling, youth services and women’s programs, as well as maps of each agency’s location and their satellite office(s).

Register for the December Research & Policy Forum

“Can We Talk?” The relationship between the nonprofit sector and the Ontario government.

Join us for an important discussion of current opportunities and challenges for the sector in its relationship with the provincial government.

Speakers:

  • Lynn Eakin, Lynn Eakin and Associates, and Ontario Nonprofit Network
  • Margaret Hancock, Family Service Toronto, Ontario Nonprofit Network Steering Committee, and the Community Social Services Campaign
  • Kathy Johnson, CUPE and the Community Social Services Campaign

Issues:

Common Ground Symposium Draft Proceedings PDF Now Available for Download

On September 24, 2010 Social Planning Toronto brought together on “common ground” over 250 participants from a broad range of sectors, including education, health, social services, labour, academia and community to explore a widely debated and timely concept of Schools as Community Hubs. This symposium event, COMMON GROUND Schools as Community Hubs: The Vision, The Challenge, The Opportunity was a follow-up of a conference, [email protected], hosted by SPT three years ago and featured thirteen distinguished speakers, who shared their experience, expertise, visions and wide range of perspectives on three themes:

  • Exploring Visions, What’s on the Table,
  • If Hubs are the Solution – What’s the Problem?
  • Barriers and Opportunities

Register for The Other Home Show: Town Hall on the Federal Government’s Role in Solving Canada’s Affordable Housing Crisis

The Alliance for Affordable Co-operative Housing, Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto and Social Planning Toronto invite you to take part in this special event dedicated to putting housing back on the national agenda. Bring your questions and ideas!

Saturday, November 6
Doors open 12:30 p.m., town hall 1-3 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308/309, Toronto

Light refreshments provided.

Moderator:

  • Jacquie Maund, Family Service Toronto and Ontario Campaign 2000

Candidates Step Up to the Plate on Poverty!

It’s no secret. People talk about it, but not many fully realize how serious the situation is.  Twenty-five percent of Toronto residents - yes, one out of every four people in the city - live in poverty. (Based on the 2006 census, using Statistics Canada’s low income cut-off measure). And the news gets worse. Research shows that poverty impacts not only the lives of people trapped in it, but the quality of life of the city as a whole - and therefore everyone is affected.

TORONTO VOTES fact sheets available for download

Municipal Election 2010

Toronto has more than a million eligible voters. Through focus groups and consultations Toronto residents told us what issues matter to them the most and what information they needed to vote. The SPT Toronto Votes Kits we have provided are based on this research. They contain information on the voting process, fact sheets on the issues, information on community election events, and more. These kits will also be made available in a number of different languages on this page over the coming week, to ensure that this essential information is accessible to as many of Toronto's diverse communities as possible.

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