Largest-ever study on aboriginals in Toronto finds divided community, racism

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Oct 28 2011
The largest study of aboriginal people ever conducted in Toronto has found a need for a seniors’ long-term care facility, priority child care spaces and awareness campaigns to correct systemic racism within the justice system. The Toronto Aboriginal Research Project found a divide between the city’s thriving aboriginal middle class and an underclass plagued by poverty and related social challenges… “For the middle class, there aren’t enough institutions for them to connect with aboriginal culture and identity”… For other urban aboriginals, meeting basic daily needs for housing and health remains a challenge.

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Legislation will enforce disability-friendly service

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

May 07 2011
Businesses could face fines of up to $100,000 per day under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) if they don’t meet standards for accessible customer service by the new year. The law requires businesses to develop accessible policies and procedures and to train staff, volunteers and contractors to serve customers with disabilities… research by the Martin Prosperity Institute has suggested that the impact of AODA regulations on Ontario’s economy over the next five years could boost revenues for retail and tourism establishments by $4 billion to $11 billion a year.

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