March Research & Policy Forum - Audio Clips

Social Planning Toronto's March 2009 Research & Policy Forum focused on issues relating to immigrant homeless and health & labour market outcomes for immigrants. Presenters include Dr. Stephen Hwang from St. Michael's Hospital/ University of Toronto who presented findings from the report entitled "The Health of Homeless Immigrants" & Dr. John Shields from Ryerson University who presented findings from the latest publications released by the Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI). Listen to their full presentations below:

Presentation to the City Budget Committee

City Budget Presentation by John Campey – March 2, 2010

Good afternoon, and thank you for this opportunity to speak with you briefly regarding the City’s operating budget for 2010.

I am pleased to speak on behalf of Social Planning Toronto, whose almost 200 member agencies represent a wide cross-section of the non-profit community agencies providing a broad range of prevention, support, and direct service to people across Toronto.

Part of our role is to provide our member organizations with information about policy decisions at all levels of government that have a potential impact on their work, and in that context, Social Planning Toronto held a member forum on the City Budget on February 18. Councillor Carroll was extremely helpful in framing the overall context of the budget, the particular challenges faced by the City in this year of recession and election, as well as in outlining the specific implications for organizations receiving funding through the Community Partnership Investment Program.

Social Planning Toronto Research & Policy Forum

Social Planning Toronto
Research & Policy Forum
March 1st, 2010 9:00am-12:00pm

Social Planning Toronto invites you to attend our March Research & Policy Forum.

This month we will be looking at issues around immigrant homelessness and health & labour market outcomes for immigrants.

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Stephen HwangSt. Michael’s Hospital/ University of Toronto
  • Dr. John ShieldsRyerson University/ Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI)

March 1, 2010 9:00am – 12:00pm
Social Planning Toronto, 2 Carlton Suite 1001 (Carlton & Yonge)


Social Planning Toronto Member Forum

Thursday, February 18 from 9:30 AM to Noon

519 Church Street Community Centre

Toronto's 2010 proposed operating budget will be introduced on February 16 at City Hall.

Join us on February 18 to:

  • Learn more about what's in the budget
  • Ask questions and share your ideas
  • Find out how to have your say in the budget process

Not a Social Planning Toronto member?
Individual and organizational memberships are available.
You can sign up online, by phone at (416) 351-0095 x251 or at the event.
For more information about membership or to sign up online: www.socialplanningtoronto.org/get-involved

Please pre-register for this event or call (416) 351-0095 x251
Organizational members can send up to two people.

This venue is wheelchair-accessible.

Federal Town Hall Forum and Homeless Memorial

AGENDA: Homeless Memorial, Community Lunch & Federal Party & Community Panel
DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
TIME: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
PLACE: Church of the Holy Trinity (just west of the Eaton Centre between Dundas and Queen Street).

  • The Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Green Parties of Canada and the Bloc Quebecois Party have been invited to answer questions on actions they will take to more effectively respond to the ongoing recession and the harsh impact on many vulnerable people and communities.
  • Also, representatives from several community coalitions will respond to positions taken by the parties and pose questions.
  • In addition, the Recession Relief Coalition will be releasing the responses to a Survey we sent to the five federal parties, and will also release our 3rd Bulletin on the Impacts of the Recession.

City Budget Process 101 Event

Thanks to all for taking part in Social Planning Toronto and Toronto Open Budget Initiative's City Budget Process 101 workshop on February 3.

Budget Chief Shelley Carroll, CAW Sam Gindin Chair Judy Rebick and TOBI speaker Ann Fitzpatrick delivered excellent presentations to a packed house on the state of the City budget process and how we can make it more inclusive and participatory.

Videos from the evening will be posted online shortly.

New Hire Announcement - Communications Officer

Social Planning Toronto is pleased to announce that we have hired Jeremy Tudor Price as our new Communications Officer.

“I am pleased to welcome Jeremy Tudor Price to our staff as our new Communications Officer. Jeremy brings very strong technical and communications skills to the position, and combines strong experience in the private sector with a real interest and commitment to working with the Council and our community partners. I know he will be a real asset to the Council. Please join us in welcoming Jeremy to the organization. (Jeremy can be reached at [email protected])

New WCI Report: Putting Equity on the Agenda

The Welcoming Communities Initiative has released a new report titled Putting Equity on the Agenda: Are We Being Heard? that relates the findings from a year's study and reflection in York Region by the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. [PDF Format]

In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness

A major Senate report tabled today is declaring that Canada’s system for lifting people out of poverty is substantially broken and must be overhauled.

Big Picture, Local Action: Working with Families and Young Children Living in Poverty

This provincial forum, sponsored by Health Nexus and the Best Start Resource Centre, will address pertinent information for service providers working with families with young children living in poverty.

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