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Recovery through the Lens of Cultural Diversity

The Center for Addictions and Mental Health and Community Resource Connections of Toronto are looking for participants who are either dealing with mental health issues or are family members or significant others of individuals dealing with mental health issues, who live in Toronto, and who are service users or family members from the Caribbean community.

Focus Group for Caribbean People-Users of Mental Health Services

Addressing Social Determinants of Newcomer Health: New Evidence and Promising Practices

October 14, 2009 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
CERIS
246 Bloor Street West, Room 548

This seminar brings together leading academic and community researchers to share new evidence about social determinants of health for newly arrived immigrants and refugees. The seminar presenters will also discuss promising practices and policy recommendations for promoting newcomer health by proactively addressing socioeconomic determinants of health.

Colour of Poverty Employment Equity Factsheet

Download the Factsheet in PDF Format.

What is Employment Equity and why do we need it?

Many groups in Canada have long experienced discrimination or faced barriers in the labour market. First Nations people, newcomers, people of colour, women, and people with disabilities are still falling behind the rest of the population in terms of job selection, training opportunities, promotions, and job retention. For example:

Soup Line – A Free Meal for All

Come out and show your support for the unemployed & impoverished who have been hit hard by the recession. We need to stand up and fight for jobs, social assistance, lower student tuitions, social services E.I. & housing.

Wed, Sept 30 at 12:00
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Office
150 King St W Toronto (just east of University Ave.)

There will be Speakers from the Recession Relief Coalition, Good Jobs For All, The Canadian Federation of Students, The Colour of Poverty & The Homeless Response Alliance

Cities of Migration Newsletters

This month Cities of Migration highlights practices that support and create an environment for strengthening immigrant employment with examples from Auckland, London, Boston and beyond.

Shirley Shipman Lecture on the Multicultural Experience

Offering A Review of the Past, a Look at the Present, a Peek at the Future this Life Institute event takes place Sunday, October 4th. View flyer in PDF.

Youth Culture Is Renewing Democracy, One Click at a Time

Canadian Policy Research Networks has released a number of papers and reports on principles of youth and civic engagement, highlighting the ways that institutions must change to remain relevant.

DiverseCity Fellows Program Accepting Applications

DiverseCity Fellows is a one-year action-oriented fellowship program for rising city-builders who are committed to developing themselves into better leaders. Deadline is October 9.

FPYN Presents: An Inside Look at Canada’s Tamil community

Why hold this workshop?

The protests came one after another, each drawing tens of thousands of Tamil Canadians into streets across the country. From youth to the elderly, people gathered urging the Canadian government to act against the indiscriminate bombing of thousands of civilians in Sri Lanka. While the protests have begun to fade away with the end of the war, misconceptions and misunderstandings still largely exist in the larger public about why Tamil Canadians cared so much about a war thousands of miles away and why “foreign” problems couldn’t seemingly be left behind. The historical, political and cultural context to these protests was missing, as was information about the personal toll of the war on thousands living in Canada. This workshop works to bridge these gaps in knowledge and foster awareness about the role persecution, discrimination and inequality has played in Tamil Canadian history.

Forum: Options and Priorities for Affordable Housing

Shovel Ready Is Not The Whole Story

October 4th
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor St. W. (at St. George subway station)

Panelists:
Heather McGregor, CEO, YWCA Toronto,
Angela Robertson, Executive Director, Sistering
Michael Shapcott, Director, Affordable Housing & Social Innovation, Wellesley Institute

Call to Action:
Judy Rebick, Educator, Activist, Author

Presented by the Older Women’s Network & the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE (University of Toronto)

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