Leadership Funding Opportunity - Vital People

Are you a leader who is making outstanding contributions working at a not-for-profit organization in Toronto? Does your not-for-profit have someone on staff who shows incredible leadership, and is poised to take on an even greater role in the sector?

Restoring Voting Rights for New Immigrants

Join I Vote Toronto and Professor Ron Hayduk, author of Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the United States and hear about his experiences advocating for change in the U.S., and share our own challenges in Toronto:

Thursday, September 3, 2009
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Maytree Foundation
170 Bloor St W, Suite 804

Light refreshments will be served.

As meeting space is limited, please confirm your attendance by contacting project coordinator Desmond Cole by phone at (647) 680-8927 or e-mail: [email protected]

Invest in Green Jobs for Ontario

The Green Energy Act Alliance has released a report called Building the Green Economy showing that "with the right policies, we can clean up our environment and also create the good green jobs of the future."

History of Globalization (in minutes)

Join the Labour Education Centre for HOG (History of Globalization), a popular education activity about the history and effects of neoliberal globalization. $40 includes lunch. More details in their flyer (PDF format).

Mapping for Health Advocates

The Opportunity Agenda has released research that explores best practices for integrating maps into health advocacy, using case studies to present key strategies for effective use and overcoming technical hurdles.

Submit a Brief to Federal Pre-Budget Consultations

The federal budget consultation process is accepting briefs from individuals and community organizations until August 14th. This is a great opportunity to speak out for EI reform and pensions.

The deadline to submit a written brief is August 14, 2009 and they can be sent to Jean-Francois Page, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Finance, at [email protected].

Canada’s “He-cession”

Prime working age men are bearing the brunt of Canada's recession, says a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. According to the report, 71% of those who have lost their jobs in the recession so far are men.

Canada's Growing Gap Explained in Video

The income gap between the rich and the rest of us keeps growing, in good times and in bad. Learn more about it in this video from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Toronto and Ottawa Raise Their Voices on Housing!

Housing Network of Ontario Update

Low-income tenants and affordable housing advocates raised their voices in support of a meaningful, long-term plan to address the housing crisis in Ontario at four consultations held in the past week in Scarborough, downtown Toronto and Ottawa. Housing Network of Ontario members and supporters came out in force, with capacity crowds at each of the housing consultation meetings.

Minister Watson listened as participants shared their stories of housing insecurity and what is needed from the province’s upcoming long-term affordable housing strategy. People explained that long waiting lists for social housing need to be reduced, affordable units that are appropriate to accommodate people with disabilities and larger families need to be built, both social housing and private market rental units need to be repaired and properly maintained, a housing benefit or allowance needs to be offered to tenants to close the gap between low-incomes and rising rents, social housing priority lists should be expanded to include equity seeking groups, residential tenancy laws should be strengthened to prevent unaffordable rent increases and better protect low income tenants in the private market, among many suggestions.

Provincial Consultation on Caregivers and Foreign Temp Workers

From the Workers Action Centre

The Ministry of Labour announced in April that it would be introducing legislation this fall to regulate recruitment agencies and fees charged to live-in caregivers and foreign temporary workers. This announcement is in response to the extensive media attention that caregivers got in the Toronto Star and elsewhere exposing the outrageous fees of $5,000 to $10,000 that agencies are charging caregivers and other foreign workers for jobs in Ontario. Workers also exposed patterns of passports being seized, bogus job scams and working conditions way below minimum standards.

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