Updates

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.

Professional Development on Anger Management

The John Howard Society of Toronto has launched Anger Management Toronto (www.angertoronto.ca) in response to an overwhelming need for Professional Development Training in the area of Anger Management for employees of small and mid-size businesses and, in particular their front line workers.

Capitalizing on the Society's over 20 years of experience in the field, Anger Management Toronto began as part of The John Howard Society of Toronto's Anger Management Program and from there developed into a separate Social Enterprise, with the primary objective to provide exceptional "train the trainer" training in the area of Anger Management to professionals in the Greater Toronto Area.

City of Toronto Public Forum on Municipal Voting Rights

June 10, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West

As part of its commitment to social inclusion and civic participation, the City of Toronto is holding a public forum to explore the issue of voting rights for non-citizens. Hosted by Mayor David Miller, the forum will address the question, "Should permanent residents who are not Canadian citizens have the right to vote in municipal elections?"

Cities of Migration Newsletter

This issue has details on the Integration Learning Exchange, the UK Migration and Refugee Week, and an interview with Maytree's Ratna Omidvar on thinking globally, recruiting locally.

Federal Government Needs to Take Action on Affordable Housing

The Wellesley Institute has released a new study called Tracking the housing promises that shows that the federal government has been slow in allocating housing funding. [PDF format]

FCM Calls for Strong Rural Voice

OTTAWA, May 26, 2009 - Rural Canada needs a champion at the federal cabinet table and a long-term plan from the federal government to reverse the decline in its struggling towns and villages.

That was the message today from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as it released its report, Wake-Up Call: The National Vision and Voice We Need for Rural Canada, at a news conference on Parliament Hill.

Report on Streets to Homes

This report from Nick Falvo reports on the potential application of the Housing First model in Canada, the best example of which is Toronto's Streets to Homes project. [PDF Format]

Poverty in Ontario – Failed Promise and the Renewal of Hope

This report from Glynis Maxwell of Community Development Halton provides a background and update on the development of Ontario's poverty reduction strategy, exploring both its strengths and weaknesses. [PDF Format]

Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs

This first collection of reports from the Caandian Council on Social Development identifies current federal, provincial, and territorial approaches to poverty reduction, alleviation and eradication.

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