Social Media for Social Change

The Wellesley Institute's Aerin Guy hosts this new series of early evening social media workshops for non-profit organizations.

How to Participate in the Development of Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

The Ontario government is inviting residents, housing partners and other stakeholders to take part in the development of its long-term affordable housing strategy for Ontario. The strategy will be the first of its kind in Ontario and offers an important opportunity to create a bold new plan to ensure stable and affordable housing for all Ontarians.

Download the participation guide in PDF.

Ontario Ombudsman Calls on Government to Better Protect Students

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin urged the province’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to get tougher on unscrupulous private career colleges in the report Too Cool for School.

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

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