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An archive of Community Development Halton media releases dating back to 1999.

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Burlington, April 27, 2001 - Each year, the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre holds a provocative forum to educate and promote discussion. This year is no exception! On May 31st at 7:00 pm, award winning Globe and Mail journalist Andre Picard will speak at Indigo Books and Music. The site is particularly appropriate, as Picard has authored several books, most recently, Critical Care, an insightful look at the nursing crisis.

It is not by chance that Picard was asked to be the keynote speaker for the upcoming event. In keeping with the United Nations declaration that this is the "International Year of Volunteers", Picard will share with the audience, his experiences and reflections on the challenges endured by those who give selflessly of their time and talents. The upcoming forum entitled "Building Civil Society: The Contribution of the Voluntary Sector" sets the tone for Picard's talk which will focus on his experiences during his year of research in 1997 when he won the Atkinson Fellowship Award. Picard travelled across the country, interviewing hundreds of charitable agencies and published an eight part series "A Call To Alms -- The New Face of Charities In Canada".

Picard's address promises to spark discussion as he challenges the voluntary sector to tell their own stories of experiences and rewards for the purposes of promoting the value and contributions of today's non-profit agencies.

Admission to the forum is free but RSVP's are requested. Please contact the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre at 905-632-1975.


For further information, please contact:
Joey Edwardh, Executive Director
Community Development Halton
at 905-632-1975

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February 14, 2001 - The Halton Social Planning Council has released a new report, A Social Profile of the Halton Visible Minority Population. The purpose of this report is to provide information that can be used by a range of interested parties to develop the capacity of visible minority workers to find and keep jobs. The report identifies and specifies the socio-economic and labour market characteristics of the visible minority population in Halton using 1996 Census data and describes some of the barriers that visible minorities experience in finding employment.

The visible minority population living in Halton is well educated, likely to be employed and to have adequate income, as is the majority of Halton residents. Compared to Ontario visible minorities Halton visible minorities are likely to have been in Canada for a longer period of time and more likely to speak English at home. Employment and income outcomes are good. However, median employment income is less for visible minorities than that of non-visible minorities in Halton, which raises important human rights questions as to why. Significantly, Halton visible minorities have better employment incomes than Ontario visible minorities. South Asians are the largest visible minority group in Halton while Chinese and Blacks make up slightly less.

The primary barriers to finding employment for visible minorities in Halton are those faced by many recent immigrants, although most recent immigrants to Canada do not first come to Halton. These include barriers such as the limited ability to speak fluent English, lack of Canadian experience, transportation, limited or no recognition/acceptance of work experience outside Canada, difficulty in getting accreditation for trades certificates and university degrees earned outside Canada and lack of knowledge on how to deal with racism and sexism, especially in the workplace.

The full report is available by contacting the Council.


For More Information Contact:

Ted Hildebrandt, Senior Social Planner
Halton Social Planning Council
860 Harrington Court
Tel: 905-632-1975 or 905-878-0955
FAX: 905-632-0778
Email: office@cdhalton.ca

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Report Card 2000 Child Poverty in Halton

November 20, 2000 - Today is the official release date of Campaign 2000's National Report Card 2000: Child Poverty in Canada. Child poverty now affects 1 in 5 Canadian children.

On November 24, 1989 the House of Commons passed a resolution "To seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000." A decade later, the number of poor children in Canada has increased by 402,000.

Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, Canada-wide network of national, provincial and local community partners. Each year Campaign 2000 releases a national Report Card as part of its declaration "committed to promoting and securing the full implementation of the House of Common's Resolution."

The National Report Card documents what has happened in Canada since 1989: In 1989, 936,000 children, or about 1 in 7, were poor; by 1998, 1,338,000 children, or 1 in 5 was poor. National Report Card highlights include:

  • poor children - up by 43%
  • children in working poor families - up by 55%
  • children in families with incomes less than $20,000 - up by 27%
  • children in families receiving social assistance - up by 18%
  • children in families experiencing long-term unemployment - down by 7% 
  • poor children in two parent families - up by 35% 
  • poor children in single parent families - up by 49%

As a community partner of Campaign 2000, the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre releases: Report Card 2000 Child Poverty in Halton.

The Halton Report Card documents that despite the growth in the economy and a decrease in unemployment child poverty levels are high.

In Halton, 7,675 children aged 0-14 and 4,585 youth aged 15-24 are poor. This translates to 11% of children and 11% of youth living in poverty.

Children are poor because their families are poor. In Halton, 7,140 families are poor, which translates to 8% of all families living in poverty and 21% of single parents living in poverty.

(The definition of poverty used in this report is Statistics Canada's low income cut-offs. The most current Statistics Canada Census Data is 1996.)

A copy of the full Halton Report Card is available online and a copy of the National Report Card is available at www.campaign2000.ca


For More Information Contact:

Lynne Russell, Social Planner
Community Development Halton
860 Harrington Court, Burlington, ON L7N 3N4
Tel: 905-632-1975, 905-878-0955
FAX: 905-632-0778
Email: office@cdhalton.ca

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The Cost of Living increases and concern for families meeting their "basic needs" also increases

October 17, 2000 -- The cost of living in Halton has risen, according to the latest figures from the Cost of Living in Halton 2000 published by the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre. Despite appearances of an upturned economy, the Council worries that more families and individuals cannot afford to live in Halton and purchase the basic necessities of life.

This is the third brochure in a series on The Cost of Living in Halton, which is published by the Council as part of our efforts to raise awareness and educate the community about the issue of income security and citizens' basic needs - food, shelter, clothing, child care and transportation. The latest figures show that the "basic" cost of living in 2000 for a family of four is $29,064 annually.

The Council gathers data on a number of costs for a typical family of four consisting of two adults and two children (one requiring child care) in Halton. The bare minimum or "basic" costs (food, rent, clothing, child care and transportation) are then totalled to produce a figure for the annual cost of living. It does not include other costs such as furnishings, gas, hydro, telephone, toiletries, cleaning supplies, school and recreation costs, although some people may consider these as "basics."

The brochure documents an increase of $3,168 in the cost of living, rising to $29,064 from last year's figure of $25,896. This is attributed to higher food costs, increased rent, increased child care costs and increased transportation costs in the Region.

Other information contained in the report includes the Employment Insurance caseload, the number of households waiting for social housing and the income for an individual working at minimum wage and a family on social assistance.

"We have seen a definite increase in the cost of living in Halton," said Lynne Russell, Social Planner at the Halton Social Planning Council "making it more difficult for families and individuals to afford the costs necessary for basic survival. Of particular concern are families on social assistance, who experienced a 22% cut in their social assistance cheques in 1995 and the working poor that have endured a frozen minimum wage of $6.85 since 1995. These people cannot feed, clothe or house their families and live with a degree of dignity."

The brochure is available by contacting Community Development Halton. 

Cost of Living in Halton 2000

 


For More Information Contact:

Lynne Russell, Social Planner
Community Development Halton
860 Harrington Court, Burlington, ON L7N 3N4
Tel: 905-632-1975, 905-878-0955
FAX: 905-632-0778
Email: office@cdhalton.ca

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Good start to the day! Goes a long way...

September 18, 2000 -- We invite you to attend the National Launch of Breakfast for Learning Week being held at Mountain Gardens School, 2054 Mountainside Drive, Burlington, on September 25, 2000 at 7:30 am.

Sharing in this celebration will be volunteers, school officials, community groups and dignitaries.

Our focus is to come together for a celebration, but more importantly, we want to raise community awareness and support for school nutrition programs.

You can't train the brain... if you don't include the food.

Special guests include:

  • Paddy Torsney, M.P.
  • Director of Education
  • Burlington Firefighters Association (with a fire truck)
  • Royal Bank managers and staff
  • The Canadian Living Foundation
  • Food for Thought Community Partnership

...and many more.

Opening ceremonies start at 7:30 am.


For More Information Contact:

Darlene Edmonds
Community Development Halton
860 Harrington Court
Burlington, ON  L7N 3N4
Tel: 905-632-1975, 905-878-0955
FAX: 905-632-0778
Email: office@cdhalton.ca