• CAMH loses $1 million donation due to ‘issues of accountability’

    … the founder of The Faas Foundation, withdrew the grant to CAMH because the organization was unable to demonstrate that the first installment of the donation was used in accordance with his foundation’s goals… the foundation has awarded many grants in its history, but that “this is the first time in our 11 years that we have lost confidence in a grantee.” … CAMH said the program was on hold due to the funds being pulled.

  • Province must act immediately to support people with developmental disabilities

    Ontario doesn’t house people with developmental disabilities in dedicated institutions anymore — and in 2013 the province rightly apologized for doing so in the past. But as a disturbing new report from Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé points out, in some ways things haven’t changed much. People with developmental disabilities still too often end up in institutions ill-equipped to meet their needs, not by design but as the result of a broken system… people with developmental disabilities must no longer be housed in hospitals, nursing homes or other inappropriate places — or returned to abusive situations.

  • Shelter system bracing for a ‘tidal wave’

    … we’re taking beds out of the system, and we have yet to replace them; and the new standards mean that even more beds will be taken out, all in the name of improvements. The irony: we make things better which makes life will get worse for the men, women and children on the street… “The age of the guys on the street is going up. We have regulars, six of them, who are in their 70s. The average age of our men is 61. The tidal wave is coming.”

  • What real inclusion for children with autism looks like

    … teaching typically developing kids to both mentor and befriend those with autism was “highly effective” at promoting lasting positive social interactions. This was true across genders, age groups, settings and kinds of activities targeted. Interestingly, it was found to be most effective in ‘natural’ play settings versus clinical settings… the results weren’t just temporary… and helped seed the ground for improved language skills, adaptation to other integrated settings and more positive and long-lasting relationships with peers.

  • Canada ranks No. 2 on Social Progress Index measuring quality of life

    Canada got top marks for access to advanced education, ranking as the No. 1 overall in that category, which weighs factors such as the proportion of people going into advanced education, the quality of the education, and gender equity… Canada also scored well for tolerance and inclusion, ranking fifth overall. The achievement is compounded by the country’s diversity and sets an example… Where Canada did not fare as well was with environmental factors

  • Toronto youth job program gets surprise cash boost

    Neighbourhoods in the city’s northwest quadrant targeted for the extra Canada Summer Jobs Program funding include Lawrence Heights, Black Creek, Jane-Finch, Weston-Mount Dennis and Rexdale. It is part of an $18.7-million investment across the city to create 6,305 summer jobs this year, more than double the positions funded by the previous Conservative government. More than 77,000 jobs are being created nationwide. Students aged 15 to 30 who are returning to school in the fall are eligible.

  • Ontario’s affordable housing wait list grows

    A record 171,360 Ontario households were waiting for affordable housing in 2015, with average wait times of almost four years, according to an annual report that tracks need across the province… Although the province is giving municipalities more flexibility in the use of federal-provincial housing funds, the need to build more non-profit housing is not going away

  • From exploited to supported: Phasing out Canada’s lowest wage work programs

    [It] is about more than ensuring minimum wage rates and decent workplace conditions for intellectually disabled individuals… It is about transitioning supports from segregated and congregate settings to community participation, community engagement and community employment.” … fram[ing] the shift away from the sheltered workshop model as a “deinstitutionalizing segregated labour markets.”

  • Indigenous communities must be part of the global green energy revolution

    … energy is a key determinant of economic, social, educational and health outcomes. Without a supply of adequate energy services, other critical infrastructure that supports the provision of clean water, sewage treatment, educational and medical needs becomes problematic… Canada can now begin to promote global leadership in… climate change… but promote universal energy access… And in doing so, we can create export opportunities for our clean tech sector in the global marketplace.

  • To be effective, charities need to invest in themselves

    Imagine the impact we could have if instead of treating charities like charity cases, we thought of them, and invested in them, as businesses – helping them scale, become more efficient and deliver a better return on investment? … “Administration and overhead costs” … applies to the amount charities can invest in systems and structures that will define their ability to be successful and impactful. It includes… technology, training, recruitment, financial controls and governance.