Ontario Youth Matter

The Ontario Youth Matter! campaign for better youth policies is a network of community organizations calling on the Ontario government to implement a Provincial Youth Policy Framework.

Summary Report: South Asians and Health

CASSA set out to identify gaps in health promotion for South Asian communities in Ontario. This summary includes the discussions that took place as well as input from those who couldn't attend the roundtable.

Read more here: http://atwork.settlement.org/sys/atwork_whatshappen_detail.asp?rss=1&anno_id=2008191

Rally to Fix EI postponed

Due to inclement weather reports, the Good Jobs for All Coalition has decided to postpone the Rally to Fix EI that had been scheduled for April 21st. More details will be available soon.

Rally to Fix EI Now!

The Good Jobs for All Coalition is hosting a rally at 12:00 on April 21st at 4900 Yonge St (just North of Sheppard) calling on the Federal government to make substantial changes to Employment Insurance for all Canadians.

Recession Relief Fund Community Forum

We're All in This Together: Defending the Public Interest During the Recession is being hosted by the Recession Relief Fund Coalition on April 28th. Speakers include Naomi Klein, Uzma Shakir, Gail Nyberg and Peggy Nash.

ISAC Update - April 2009

The April newsletter of the Income Security Advocacy Centre is online! Highlights include information on the special diet litigation, the Ending Poverty project, their revised case criteria and the impending social assistance review.

New Website to Save Toronto Pools

LetsMakeWaves.ca was set up by some community leaders across the city who are concerned that the Toronto District School Board plans to close 39 of its 79 pools in June of 2009.

Challenges and Opportunities for Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Sector During Tough Economic Times

Challenges and Opportunities for Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Sector During Tough Economic Times
From the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Download the full report here (PDF format).

Executive Summary

Ontario’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector faces the current recession, and the challenging times ahead, with a mixture of fear and trepidation, tempered with a sense of opportunity.

Poverty Reduction Act Deputations

The Standing Committee on Social Affairs has announced that there will be 2 days of hearings in Toronto on Bill 152, the Poverty Reduction Act 2009 - April 20 and 21.

There will be a conference call on Thursday, April 16 from 10 to 11 am, to help those who are planning to make a submission to the hearings prepare. We will discuss proposed amendments to Bill 152 that have been drawn up by the Legislation Action Table of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction. And there will be time to share other suggestions about the Bill and the hearings.

Submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly

“Permanently Temporary” - A Submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly Bill-139, an Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 by the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

March 25, 2009

The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC-T) is a non-profit agency engaged in research, policy analysis, community development and capacity building work. As an organization committed to social and economic justice and the improvement in the quality of life for all people living in Toronto, and a member of the Good Jobs for All Coalition, we are encouraged to see the Ontario government taking action on protecting the rights of temporary agency workers. This Bill is both critical for temp agency workers and a vital step in the province’s movement on poverty reduction. Being that a disproportionate number of temporary workers are new immigrants, women, and people from racialized backgrounds, we believe this act will work in providing greater protection for Toronto’s working communities. For these reasons, we fully support the implementation of Bill 139 and endorse the amendments proposed by our allies at the Workers’ Action Centre.

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