Parkdale Newcomer Fair

Parkdale Community Information Centre is proud to announce the third annual Newcomer Fair on Tuesday, August 11th 2009.

It will take place from 11 – 4 pm at the Parkdale Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West, in the heart of Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood.

The last event saw agencies and organizations connect with over 300 newcomers from more than 20 different countries. In the surveys conducted one participant described the event as “very good for new immigrants” while another person noted it was “very valuable.”

Good Green Jobs For All Conference

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Allstream Building, CNE at the Princess Gate
Registration: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Conference: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The former Automotive Building, now Allstream, has been restored to LEEDS Silver standard and is easily accessible by public transit.

For more information, please contact the Good Jobs For All Coalition
Judy Persad - 416-441-3663 ext. 224
Julius Deutsch - 416-892-4380
Ana Fonseca - 416-441-3663 ext. 221

Community Rally

Join the rally and call for real protection and immediate status for All Temporary Foreign Workers.

Sunday, July 5, 2009
1:00 p.m.
Wellesley Street East and Ontario Street

Music, performers and speakers!
Refreshments served

For more information call the Caregivers Action Cente at 416-361-6319

Toronto Community Services Resource Guide - Agency Survey

In April 2007, Social Planning Toronto (SPT), in partnership with Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre, The STATUS Campaign, and the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Immigration Campaign released the Toronto Community Services Resource Guide.

The resource guide was created to help immigrants residing in Toronto without Canadian immigration status to access essential community and social programs and services (education, health care, housing, legal advice, etc) safely and without fear of having to divulge their immigration status, or having their status disclosed to immigration officials. This multi-lingual tool also functions as a referral guide for community workers and front-line staff, so that they can better assist their clients without status.

SPT and SPACE Coalition release 2009 Community Use of Schools Report

Provincial funding to support community access to schools is making a difference – but barriers continue

TORONTO – The Community Use of Schools (CUS) program is approaching its 5th anniversary of sustained and enhanced provincial investments to lower fees and help open up access to schools as ‘hubs’ of community activity and support. The new study Progress and Pitfalls, by Social Planning Toronto and the SPACE Coalition, finds that while access to schools is improving, more action is required.

Outlining research and recommendations for strengthening Ontario’s CUS programs and increasing access to municipal space, the 2009 report titled Progress and Pitfalls: A Review of Community Use of Schools & Access to Municipal Spaces will be released today.

2009 Research Roundtable Proceedings

On Tuesday, March 3, Social Planning Toronto hosted its 2009 Research Roundtable: “Research for Social Change”. The event brought together more than 125 community-based, government and academic researchers, policy analysts and activists to share information on current research initiatives, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and exchange ideas for using research to advance social change and challenge poverty in Ontario. The Roundtable provided an opportunity to share perspectives on poverty-reduction research from our various vantage points – inside and outside of government – broadly focused around Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).

Download the full proceedings in Microsoft Word format (39 pages)

Invitation to SPACE Survey Release

The SPACE Coalition and Social Planning Toronto are releasing the research bulletin Progress and Pitfalls: A Review of Community Use of Schools & Access to Municipal Spaces.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Time: 9:30 am
Place: Kensington Community School - Library | 401 College Street | East of Bathurst

Canada's Nonprofit Maze

This new research from Lynn Eakin and the Wellesley Institute provides a troubling picture of the financial and regulatory burdens facing the third sector.

Urban Hero Awards for Etobicoke

Announcing the launch of The Urban Hero Awards!

We invite you to nominate your own Urban Hero for Etobicoke.

This exciting awards program – a Toronto Community News initiative – looks to recognize grassroots heroes (14 years and up), groups and businesses who make a real difference in Etobicoke in the categories of Education, Community, Sports, Health & Sciences, Environment, and Arts & Culture.

StatsCan releases Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

The top 25% of donors provided 82% of total donations, and the top 25% of volunteers contributed 78% of the total unpaid work.

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