Social Determinants, Growing Colour-Coded Inequality in Ontario, and Racial Justice - the Pathway Forward

Friday, March 20, 2009
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Dalla Lana School of Public Health
155 College St. - 6th floor auditorium
( west of Queen's Park Subway Stn - at College St. & University Ave.)

Opening Address
The Honourable Dr. Alvin Curling - Co-Chair - The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence


Good Jobs for All Coalition Town Hall Meetings


Thursday, March 19     

  • Registration -  6:00-7:00 p.m. 
  • Townhall - 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

Parkdale Public Library, 1303 Queen St. West.      

Language of Violence?

Domestic abuse can take various forms and can be understood through a variety of medical, social, legal, and cultural lenses. For health care and service providers, asking the right question about domestic violence and following up with the right response is not easy, particularly in a city as culturally diverse as Toronto. This edition of Café Scientifique will explore how men and women from different cultural and economic backgrounds think about and talk about domestic violence, and how front line workers can engage Toronto's different "languages of violence" in order to provide better care.

21st Century Cities: The Geography of Innovation

Complimentary event

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 
Reception at 5:00 p.m. and the lecture at 6:00 PM.
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario

Allan Gregg is one of Canada’s leading social commentators. He has an intimate knowledge of the dynamics of policy making, as well as a deep understanding of cultural change and the communications processes necessary to forge a public consensus around government initiatives.

Call for Entry: Refugee Rights Art Exhibition

Artwork will be displayed in a juried art exhibition at Toronto City Hall. The show will run in conjunction with Refugee Rights Week and in commemoration of the April 4, 1985 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, recognizing that refugees have the right to fundamental justice.

Submissions will be juried by a panel made up of visual artists, refugees & refugee settlement workers. Priority will go to artists who are refugees, however other artist are welcome to submit work that speaks to the aforementioned theme. Artists working in the following media are invited to submit: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Print Making & Textiles. Successful entries will be exhibited in the Rotunda Room at Toronto City Hall from March 30th – April 3rd.

Where’s Home? 2008

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association release their annual housing study, known as Where’s Home? 2008.  This year’s version tracks a number of critical housing trends over the last decade in Ontario, such as rental housing availability and affordability, demand for rental housing as well as development of additional stock. The study also profiles 22 municipal markets in the province.

The report, media releases, and more information are available on our website.

Public Policy 201

A Primer for Non-Profit Organizations on the Role of Legislation in Reducing Poverty in Ontario.  

This workshop is designed to strengthen non-profits' understanding of public policy and how you can work with government to influence change. It is part of an ongoing Metcalf Foundation series for those in organizations who want to understand the policy process and would benefit from a forum for candid exchange of ideas. This session will use as a case study the poverty reduction bill that was introduced into Ontario’s legislature on February 25, 2009, and be of particular interest to those working on this issue.

Group Work with Changing Families

Adapting to new constellations of “family” and emerging “family issues”

Thursday March 26, 2009 
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Baycrest Hospital
3560 Bathurst Street, Wortsman Hall, Main Floor,
Toronto, Ontario

COST: Free

Panel discussion with:


PlanCamp will be an unconference focused on the planning, design, and governance of our cities. 

What is an Unconference?

From Wikipedia: "An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose. The term "unconference" has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees and sponsored presentations."

Rising Inequality in Canada: A Problem for Public Policy?

The world has seen recent decades of rapid economic growth. Yet the fruits of this growth have not been shared equally. In Canada, after-tax income inequality was higher in the post-2000 period than any other point since 1976, with the gap also widening between the middle class and top income earners, caustically challenging the mythology of Canada as a “kinder, gentler” nation in the global context. With the deepening global financial crisis, governments have reached a critical juncture with respect to the convergence of social and economic outcomes. Whether the burden of any recession is felt by some social groups and countries more than others depends largely on public policy.

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