New laws governing the treatment of Temporary Workers came into effect November 6th. These include rights to public holidays, not being charged for services, access to full employment and more. Read the Worker's Action Centre fact sheet for details. [PDF]
The City of Toronto's proposed 2010 capital budget and 10-year plan were presented at the City's Budget Committee on Tuesday, November 3. Find more details on how you can make a submission, read the analyst's notes and more on the city website.
Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Standing Committee on Social Policy
Committee Clerk, Room 1405
Whitney Block/Bureau 1405, Queen’s Park
Toronto ON, M7A 1A2
Fax: (416) 325-3505
Attention: Mr. Katch Koch
Clerk to the Standing Committee
Social Planning Toronto hosted a lively discussion back in September on the issue of public use of schools, community hubs and school board processes in school closure situations. The audience included not only students and community members, but also a number of senior politicians and school trustees. Below you can find the proceedings notes compiled by Navjeet Sidhu as well as links to the presentation materials of the speakers.
Social Planning Toronto Research and Policy Forum
The People's Recession - One Year Later
Please join us for our November forum with:
Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Recession and Realcovery: What’s Community Service Got to Do with It?
Beth Wilson, Social Planning Toronto and the Social Planning Network of Ontario
SPNO’s Hard Hit: Impact of the Economic Downturn on Nonprofit Community Social Services in Ontario
Ann FitzpatrickRecession Relief Coalition
Taking action on the people’s recession
- Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
- Time: 9:30 a.m. - Noon
- Location: Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College Street (just east of Spadina) Room BC
All are welcome but space is limited.
The Social Planning Toronto Research and Policy Forum is held monthly to present new research and discuss emerging policy issues.
Crisis Coming for Ontario Communities
TORONTO, October 20, 2009
Hard Hit: The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Nonprofit Community Social Services in Ontario, a new research report from the Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO), documents the one-two punch affecting Ontario's nonprofit community services – an increasing demand for services and lost revenue from funding cuts driven by the economic downturn.
The report calls on Canadian leaders, who have been slow to embrace the potential of social innovation to respond to community challenges, to establish a cross-sectoral national strategy to advance SI in this country.
Interest is growing in the potential role of schools as community hubs and socially progressive feature of both urban planning and education. View report and powerpoint from the recent SPT Research Forum.
The Open Policy Course in Public Policy is the inaugural class on public policy conducted by John Stapleton. John taught policy at the Maytree Public Policy Training Institute, the Schulich School of Business and delivered a policy development lecture series for the Metcalf Foundation. John spent 28 years as a public servant in Ontario, half of it in policy development.