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Poverty is Making Us Sick

Poverty is making Canadians sick, robbing hundreds of thousands of their health and leading to widespread preventable illness and huge costs for the health care system, according to powerful new research released today by the Wellesley Institute, the University of Toronto's Social Assistance in the New Economy Project and the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto. 

Every Drop a Story - Building Movements with Small-Sum Fundraising Webinar

Creating a populist, grassroots groundswell, involving people at every level of society and civic engagement in dialogue, volunteerism and financial contribution is something most of us only dream of. The recent success of Barack Obama's campaign shows us that it is possible. What if you could make it happen in your organization?

Join us October 20th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm for a webinar and teleconference with renowned fundraiser and strategist Kim Klein, who will explore how small-sum donations, like those which have moved Obama's campaign, can help us to better identify and engage the people who support our issues.

What is grassroots fundraising?

More Work Needed to Ensure Every Child’s Right to Education

TDSB’s 2007 Students Without Legal Immigration Status Policy: One Year Later

In May 2007, trustees with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) unanimously passed the Students Without Legal Immigration Status policy. This policy confirms non-status immigrant students' right to education as protected under section 49.1 of the Ontario Education Act. The TDSB policy states that:

"all children who are qualified to be resident pupils to the Board, including those who are without immigration status in Canada, shall be entitled to admission to school" and that "all children shall be welcomed, regardless of immigration status, and information about them or their families shall not be shared with Immigration authorities."

The Right to Learn: Access to Public Education for Non-Status Immigrants

Download the full document here.

Executive Summary

Introduction

While attending schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) in April of 2006, four non-status children were apprehended by immigration officials over a period of 48 hours. These children and their families were subsequently deported. These incidents led to considerable anxiety among non-status immigrant families with school-aged children – fears still in evidence today.

Top Ten Reasons to Support Better Community Access to School Space

  1. Improve student performance 
    Studies have demonstrated the positive impact participation in school-based after-hours programming has by promoting greater parental involvement in school, greater student engagement, increased commitment to homework, readiness to learn, and more positive educational outcomes for children and youth. Summer and after-school programs also can reduce the back-to-school learning gap. (Kane, T., University of California, 2004; William T Grant Foundation and Royal Commission on Learning, Ontario. 1994)
  2. Encourage artistic and cultural expression to create vibrant communities and expand capacity for learning
    Opportunities for communities to 'come together' in community spaces involving the arts, dance, or music increase social connectedness and nurture the development of cultural and community life. In addition, there is increasing research on the value of the arts to learning and brain development and learning outcomes. (Ontario Arts Council 1997; and OMG Inc, et al. National Endowment for the Arts, 1991)

Lost in the Shuffle

A groundbreaking new report on the state of homeless children in the education system was released by the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto and Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre on Monday, Oct. 1. Lost in the Shuffle - the first report of its kind in Canada - shows how thousands of homeless children each year are needlessly slipping through the cracks of Toronto's education system - and how to prevent this from happening.

Download the full report in PDF format.

Media Coverage

Homeless kids neglected - Report says educational, emotional support lacking for students living in shelters
Toronto Star - October 1, 2007

 

Breaking Down Barriers

Opening up Ontario’s Schools for Expanded Community Use: 2007 Community Use of Schools Survey Results and Recommendations

Download the Full Report in PDF format

Executive Summary

In 2005 the SPACE Coalition, in conjunction with the CSPC-T, undertook an Ontario-wide survey of community users of school space to assess their awareness of the provincially funded CUS program (Community Use of Schools). CUS was designed to reverse the loss of affordable access to schools by community groups, resulting from changes to the education funding formula in the late 1990s.

This year’s survey sought to assess the changes to community groups’ ability to access schools, resulting from the $20 million annual provincial investment in CUS.

Toronto Community Services Resource Guide for Non-Status Immigrants

What is the Toronto Community Services Resource Guide for Non-Status Immigrants?

The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto and Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre, in partnership with the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Campaign, have developed a Community Resource Guide for non-status immigrants. The guide comes in the form of a printed booklet available in five languages (English, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic), as well as a comprehensive website of community service listings.

You can visit the website and download the booklets here.

Schools@theCentre

The CSPC-T hosted the “Schools@theCentre” Conference on February 16 and 17, 2007, to look at the issue of what our schools could be.

The proceedings from that thought-provoking event, including the keynote address by Penny Milton, CEO of the Canadian Education Association, are now available online here.

Faces of the Cuts: The Impact of Federal Program Cuts on Communities in Toronto

Release Date: October 2006

Contributors: Beth Wilson, CSPC-T Researcher, Harriet Njiraini, CSPC-T Intern, Navjeet Sidhu, CSPC-T Intern, Zachary Tucker-Abramson, CSPC-T Intern

From the introduction:

On September 25, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Treasury Board President John Baird announced $1 billion in federal program cuts to be implemented over two years. At the same time that cuts to youth employment, literacy organizations, women's groups, Aboriginal health initiatives, and other equity relevant programs were announced, the federal government also reported a staggering $13.2 billion surplus.

In the wake of the announced cuts, 

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