Temporary Workers Law Comes Into Effect

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]

City of Toronto's Capital Budget - Have Your Say!

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.

Concerns over Bill 177

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

Proceedings - Impacts of School Closures on Children and Communities

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.

Research Forum: The People's Recession - One Year Later

Social Planning Toronto Research and Policy Forum

The People's Recession - One Year Later

Please join us for our November forum with:

  • 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.

Hard Hit Report Released

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.

CPRN Report on Social Innovation in Canada

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.

Hubs not hulks: is there a practical alternative to school closings?

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.

Vital Signs 2009

The Toronto Community Foundation has released Vital Signs 2009, noting that Toronto is Highly Desirable but Seriously UnaffordableRead the report or the Toronto Star's substantial coverage.

GrassRoots Public Policy Course for Advocates

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.

GrassRoots Public Policy Course

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