Why healthy neighbourhoods are the antidote to gun crime

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

… the way to address those “roots” of violence is to invest directly in communities where those determinants — poverty, marginalization, a lack of economic opportunities and others — have contributed to making the problem of gun violence so persistent… Researchers today say that commitment to communities is still lacking.

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Toronto council falling behind on election pledges to reduce poverty, report finds

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

“Rather than fully funding council-approved strategies and plans, the budget reveals the real priorities of Council — low property taxes that especially benefit the affluent, no new revenue tools (i.e. taxes from other sources), and expensive capital projects that don’t deliver on the critical needs of Toronto residents… The current budget is designed to serve the most affluent Torontonians at the expense of everyone else, especially the poorest residents of our city.”

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Mental illness: Medication alone isn’t the answer

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

May 30 2012
Canada’s first mental-health strategy, released May 8 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, recognizes the burden on families and the role they play in recovery from illness… But when families do seek help, they are wholly unprepared for the task of monitoring and managing care, almost completely on their own… treatment needs to be more of a conversation, which includes the person with the illness, family members and mental-health professionals where everyone’s expertise contributes to mental health. “The journey to recovery is uncertain,”

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Mental health: How three people are falling through the cracks

Monday, May 28th, 2012

May 28 2012
Changing Directions, Changing Lives, a long-awaited mental health strategy by the Mental Health Commission of Canada published May 8… makes recommendations in prevention, recovery, access, diversity, First Nations and leadership. It calls on governments to increase spending earmarked for mental health by $4 billion per year — from 7 per cent to 9 per cent of all health care spending. The federal government endorsed the strategy the following day, but has made no financial commitment… Mental-health problems cost Canada at least $50 billion per year, the report estimates, which amounts to 2.8 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.

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