P4E Annual Report on Schools

People for Education's 2009 Annual Report on Ontario’s Public Schools recommends Ontario expand its vision for education beyond test score targets and graduation rates.

Public forum to discuss municipal voting rights for permanent residents

As part of its commitment to social inclusion and civic participation, the City of Toronto is holding a public forum June 10th at 7:00pm at City Hall to explore the issue of voting rights for non-citizens.

Public Policy 201: A Primer for Nonprofit Organizations

Canadian Income Policies After the Crash of 2008

Monday, June 22
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 309

The Metcalf Foundation invites you to a public policy primer on Canada’s income security system. This system provides critical support to Canadians living in low income. At the same time, numerous reports have documented its serious shortcomings, particularly with regard to programs targeting working-age adults. The current recession has only served to exacerbate existing problems. This session will examine shortcomings in programs such as EI, but also present alternatives for strengthening the efficacy and reach of Canada’s social safety net in the 21st century.

Metcalf Paper on Nonprofit Leader Renewal

The Metcalf Foundation has released a very thoughtful paper by Innovation Fellow, Patricia Thompson called Being the Change We Want: A Conversation about Vocational Renewal for Nonprofit Leaders.

For the last several years, the Metcalf Foundation has been exploring how best to support nonprofit leaders in their work. Our various initiatives are grounded in the belief that non-profits play a critical role in imagining and building an equitable, just, and caring society. Yet, as we all know, opportunities for nonprofit leaders to develop new skills, perspectives, and knowledge, and strengthen their professional vitality are often severely limited, particularly at a time of funding challenges and in an environment of constraint and uncertainty.

Scarborough Housing Forum

Did you know the Government of Ontario is going to develop a housing strategy?

What are the housing issues you want to see in the housing strategy?

Please join us to learn about Ontario’s upcoming Housing Strategy and how you can make your voice heard on housing.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: 4205 Lawrence Avenue East, Recreation Room (Morningside and Lawrence east)

Toronto families remind MPs: Good jobs and public services reduce poverty

This report from a town hall organised by Campaign 2000, the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, and the Good Jobs for All Coalition, concerned the federal government’s responsibility to reduce poverty.

ISAC Forum on Social Assistance

Time for a Bold Review: Making Social Assistance Meet the Poverty Reduction Test

The current social assistance system in Ontario “stomps people into the ground,” says Premier McGuinty.

The question is: What is going to be done about it?

In December 2008, the Ontario government committed to review the province’s social assistance system. This commitment was part of Ontario’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy and was restated in the 2009 budget.

Voices from the Street: The Courage to Hope

Voices from the Street Class of 2009 presents...

The Courage to Hope: An afternoon with some of Toronto’s bravest agents of change.

Monday June 15th
City Hall, Council Chambers
100 Queen St. West

Refreshments will be available.

TTC provided for those otherwise unable to attend.

Province Launches Consultations on Affordable Housing Strategy

Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada

Ontario Region eALERT, June 3, 2009

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Jim Watson, has announced the launch of consultations on his government's long-promised Affordable Housing Strategy.

During the 2007 election, the Liberal Party promised, if re-elected, to create "a long-term strategy for affordable housing that contains a mix of non-profit and co-operative housing." These consultations are being used to get broad public input on the strategy.

Good Jobs for All Coalition - EI Repairs Needed Now

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Unemployed to Harper and Kent: “EI repairs needed now, not an election”

Prime Minister’s lack of leadership on EI could cost Canadians and economy $300 million

TORONTO—On Wednesday morning, hundreds of laid-off workers demonstrated outside of the constituency office of The Honourable Peter Kent, the only federal cabinet minister from Toronto. It was the fourth rally to fix the Employment Insurance program held since March by the Good Jobs for All Coalition – an alliance of more than 35 community, environmentalist, labour and student groups representing people throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

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