Updates

Toronto District School Board Cuts and Closures

The Toronto District School Board’s budget process is here!

The TDSB is facing an $23.6 million budget shortfall for this year.

Trustees Chris Bolton, Maria Rodrigues, Cathy Dandy, and Irene Atkinson would like to hear from you!

Alliance of Seniors Public Forum

Being held in Toronto City Hall’s Council Chambers on May 6th at 1:00 p.m., the event features Mayor David Miller and honours Dr. Ursula Franklin for her life-long dedication to social justice and peace. For more information write to allianceofseniors@bellnet.ca or  cal 416-260-3429.

HUMA Hearings Outside Ottawa

The federal Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills, & Social Development and the Status of People with Disabilities (HUMA) will be holding hearings outside of Ottawa this spring. They will be in Toronto on June 1 & 2.

Jobs & Justice: From Poverty to Economic Security

Public forum featuring Carolyn Egan of  the Steelworkers’ Toronto Area Council, Avvy Go, Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic & Chris Schenk, Labour Studies at McMaster University exploring how the current economic crisis affects our ability to share society’s wealth, including the example of encouraging green jobs. The event is part of the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice Spring Assembly being held May 8-9 in Toronto.

Help Save Our Hospitals - Queen's Park Rally

April 29 at 11:30 am join the Ontario Health Coalition and people from across Ontario to ask Premier McGuinty to protect local hospitals. Visit their website for more information.

A New Resource Library in Honour of Ed Pennington

The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto has a new resource library thanks to the generosity of many donors and the family of late CSPC-T Executive Director Ed Pennington. Pennington was Executive Director of the Council from 1976 to 1987, and a firm believer in the need to share information as broadly as possible and maintain an engaged membership.

Workers' Rights in Troubled Times - Mount Dennis Town Hall Meeting

Fix Employment Insurance Now!
More Protection for Temporary Workers - Pass Bill 139 Now!

Mount Dennis Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, May 5th
Registration | 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH 31
1050 Weston Rd. (on Weston, south of Eglinton)
Refreshments provided

For more information, please contact Cutty Duncan at Mount Dennis ANC at 416-242-7031 or cduncan@socialplanningtoronto.org

Mount Dennis Town Hall is hosted by the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto in partnership with Good Jobs For All Coalition and Action for Neighbourhood Change – Mount Dennis

Minister of Education: We Have Serious Concerns for Equity

A letter to the Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne concerning the School Information Finder

April 17, 2009

Dear Minister Wynne:

The Ministry of Education’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, and the Ontario government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy mark significant progress in addressing equity issues in Ontario, and the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto applauds these important initiatives. It is in this context that we write you to express our support for the concerns raised by People for Education and other community-based education advocacy organizations related to the School Information Finder website, and our strong concern that the Ministry of Education has not taken the website offline while it is undergoing review.

Esurio

This is a new student refereed academic journal published by the Ontario Association of Food Banks. Esurio publishes twice annually on issues of hunger and poverty through a youth lens.

Five Good Ideas - Building Conversations on the Web (Video)

CSPC-T Communications Officer Christopher Wulff and Marco Campana of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants explored building conversations online for a crowd of about 110 at the Maytree Foundation’s November Five Good Ideas brown bag lunch back in November. Video of the session is now available and can be viewed below.

The turnout, which was a record for the series, demonstrates how much people in the community-based services sector are struggling with new communications technologies and where they fit in the organization. The Council will continue to look for ways that they can support the sector on this issue with more workshops and resources soon to come.

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