Register for the October Research & Policy Forum

What’s at Stake: Women, City Services and the Municipal Election

Tuesday, October 5
Social Planning Toronto
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001

Emily Paradis, Cities Centre, University of Toronto
Lisa Philipps, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Melissa Wong, Toronto Women’s City Alliance

All are welcome but registration is required as space is limited.
Register below or call (416) 351-0095 x257.

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Press Release: Common Ground - Schools as Community Hubs: The Vision, The Challenge, The Opportunity

Today, Friday September 24th, Social Planning Toronto will convene over 300 specialists, school and community planners in a symposium to examine both international and local best practice with the innovative use of "schools as community hubs".

"Against the backdrop of Toronto's hotly disputed mayoral race, widely divergent models of "schools as community hubs" are being proposed by school trustee candidates, academics, education researchers and a number of influential front line service providers in government-funded agencies across Ontario", noted former school board trustee, John Campey, ED Social Planning Toronto.

Register for "Common Ground - Schools as Community Hubs: The Vision, The Challenge, The Opportunity"

Social Planning Toronto Symposium
Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Place: Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre (20 Toronto Street, wheelchair accessible)

Advance registration is required. To register, please register by filling in the form below or send a completed registration form to Social Planning Toronto, 2 Carlton St, Suite 1001 Toronto, ON M5B 1J3 or call 416-351-0095 ext. 251 for more information. All registrations will be confirmed by e-mail.

  • Conference registration is free
  • Refreshments, lunch and post-conference reception included
  • Space is limited. Please register early.
  • Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Register for the SPT Member Forum - Responding to the "Partnership Project"


We regret that the Social Planning Toronto Membership Forum on the "Partnership Project," which had been scheduled for Wednesday, July 21st, with special guest Helen Burstyn has been postponed to Tuesday, August 10th. The location has also been moved from the Lillian Smith Library to the Social Planning Toronto Meeting Room at 2 Carlton St. We regret any inconvenience this change in date and venue may cause.

Tuesday, August 10, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Social Planning Toronto
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001

SPT Upcoming Events Bulletin

Your next Social Planning Toronto e-bulletin will come out on July 20.  In the meantime, we hope you will join us for some upcoming SPT and partner events:

  1. Toronto Open Budget Initiative Campaign Launch and Town Hall (Tuesday, July 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM)
  2. Policy without Practice Report Launch (Wednesday, July 14, 10 AM - Noon)
  3. SPT Member Forum - Responding to the "Partnership Project" (Wednesday, July 21, 9:30 - 11:30 AM)

Click here to view the SPT Upcoming Events Bulletin.

Moving Forward, Breaking Through! A Community Planning Forum for Anti-Poverty Groups in Toronto

Some steps forward, but many more to go: How can we push ahead and get real change?

Join with other community groups across the city fighting to end poverty; share what’s happening in your community; hear what others are doing; connect with new ideas; explore new opportunities to open the way for change.

Saturday, June 12
10:00 - 3:00 p.m.
North York Memorial Hall

5110 Yonge Street, next to North York Civic Centre
(North York Civic Centre subway station)

Download the flyer here.

For RSVP and more information, please contact:
Mary Micallef - 416-351-0095 ext. 251 or [email protected]

  • Child minding assistance available on request
  • This venue is wheelchair accessible
  • Refreshments provided

Colour of Change Forum: Is poverty becoming more colour coded? An Action Plan for Change

Child Poverty has been well documented as becoming ever more “colour coded” or racialized. The continuing trend shows that all levels of government and other institutions must urgently address this worsening reality to end further disparities and achieve equity for all.

Come on May 19 to get the facts and discuss a plan for action!

Please click here to download the event flyer: Colour of Change Forum Flyer

Wednesday 19 May 2010
2:00 - 4:00 pm
1652 Keele Street
(South of Eglinton Avenue West, 2 blocks N of Rogers Road)
Wheelchair Accessible

For further information, please contact:
Yasmin Haq-Khan
Community Planner - York
1652 Keele Street, Toronto M6M 3W3
Please RSVP
For childcare, please call by May 15
[email protected]

Make Sure Toronto District School Board’s Budget Meets the Needs of Inner City Students

Make Sure Toronto District School Board’s Budget Meets the Needs of Inner City Students

Social Planning Toronto is an active member of the Toronto District School Board’s Inner City Advisory Committee (ICAC). With this committee we have been bringing to the board’s attention the need for more focused funding and programming to address the poverty that exists in Toronto’s inner city and is hampering the success of the city’s neediest students. We need your support to further this cause. Recently, the ICAC passed a motion asking the school board to specifically allocate more money in its 2010-11 budget to address the effects of poverty in the school system.

SPNO Response to 2010 Budget

2010 Budget holds only threat for Ontario’s most vulnerable

The 2010 Budget fails the test of a Government committed to a comprehensive poverty reduction plan for Ontarians. An amount of $57 million is designated as an increase to the Basic Needs Allowance for people on social assistance, which is 1%, while inflation is projected to be 2% or higher in 2010.

The Government signaled major cuts to the Special Diet Allowance (SDA), while making no specific provision in the 2010 Budget. Claiming that the SDA was “unsustainable” at current levels, the Government announced that the program will be redesigned and transferred from Social Services to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Government officials would give no estimates of what would constitute sustainability, but indicated that it would be well below the current $200 million program cost. Clearly, thousands of low income Ontarians now dependent on the SDA for access to a nutritional diet critical to their health will become more subject to debilitating illness and disease, likely even more costly to the healthcare system.

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