An archive of Community Development Halton media releases dating back to 1999.
June 22, 2000 -- The quality of life in Halton has risen, according to the latest figures from the Quality of Life Index (QLI), published by the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre. But the Council warns that progress on the economic and social front is being undermined by worsening health and environmental problems.
This is the third in a series on The Quality of Life in Halton, which is published by the Council as part of a province-wide initiative. The Council uses the QLI to monitor changes in social, economic, health and environmental conditions that affect the quality of life in our communities. The latest figures show that the 1999 QLI has risen to 94.3, up from 85.2 in 1998. The QLI remains below the benchmark of 100 established in 1990.
While there is good news from the economic and social indicators, the health indicators continue to lag behind, led by the continuation of large waiting lists for long term care beds. The environmental indicators have been a fairly positive component of the Halton QLI during the 1990s, although the recent trend in declining air quality is troubling. With all the recent attention given to the quality of the environment, this area bears close monitoring.
There has been progress in some areas - lower rates of bankruptcies, fewer toxic spills, fewer low birth weight babies and reduced unemployment. There also have been setbacks - poorer air quality, more elderly waiting for long term care placements and continuing high, yet declining, social assistance caseloads. While there is reason for celebrating our progress, we must also renew our efforts to address the areas in which we have setbacks.
"We have seen strong economic growth in Halton, as well as some recovery in our social deficit," said Ted Hildebrandt, Senior Social Planner at the Council and author of the Halton report. "However, health and environmental issues will continue to be at the forefront of public debate. Our quality of life in Halton will not advance in the 21st century unless we solve these problems."
The report is also available by contacting the office.
For More Information Contact:
Ted Hildebrandt, Senior Planner
Community Development Halton
860 Harrington Court, Burlington, ON L7N 3N4
Tel: 905-632-1975, 905-878-0955
June 19, 2000- Glynis Maxwell wants to create a people-centred economy. Maxwell, Coordinator of IDEA Burlington, a local interfaith organization, has seen a decline in economic and social conditions in developing countries in recent years.
"We are now seeing this decline in Canada as well," she worries. "As a society we have turned our back on the principle that the economy should serve the needs of people not the reverse."
IDEA Burlington is working with other local groups to help people think critically about the economy. They hope a visit of United Church Moderator Bill Phipps will help.
Phipps recently led a two year cross-Canada consultation on faith and the economy.
"We must return to a time where a caring economy is seen, not as a fiscal nightmare, but rather as a guiding light," he concluded.
The Halton Social Justice Coalition's Brenda Dolling agrees that ethics are losing out in market economy. She thinks Phipps is someone to be listened to.
"He has spent the last two years analyzing the economy in terms of how it serves people. Bill Phipps is a theologian who challenges people to really think."
God and the Market: Steps towards a Moral Economy, a book published by the United Church, summarizes the consultation and documents Canadians' desire to reconnect their faith with their economic lives. Edited by Ted Reeve, with an introduction by Phipps, the book will be available following Phipps' speech, according to Doug Simpson a Board Member with the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre. Simpson explains that the Council supports the exchange of ideas where the complex interrelationships between social and economic issues are examined critically. We welcome the insights that Phipps and the faith community brings to these issues.
Rev. Peter Hoyle, Chair of the ecumenical group the Interchurch Council of Burlington, hopes people will attend. "Bill Phipps has been called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be a prophet talking to us about poverty and oppression," Hoyle declares.
Phipps presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre on Monday, June 26th. St. Volodymyr is located in Oakville at 1280 Dundas Street West (Highway 5 and 4th Line).
Further information is available from the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre at (905) 632-1975.
June 14, 2000 - Bill Phipps believes we have a "moral crisis" in the country. And he is talking about the economy.
"The economy is the way we love one another collectively."
Halton residents will have the opportunity to hear the United Church Moderator on the evening of Monday, June 26th at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville. His presentation is entitled - "A Moral Crisis: False Gods in the Marketplace."
For two years Phipps has led a Moderator's Consultation on Faith and the Economy. The process culminated in a session held this past April on Parliament Hill and televised nationally.
Phipps' presentation will be particularly relevant in the context of the recent increase in child poverty, poverty among adults, homelessness, and economic disparity that are evident in Halton and across Canada. It is his belief that the church has a "prophetic and pastoral" mission to speak out on these issues and publicly challenge the morality of the marketplace.
The evening is sponsored by the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre, the Halton Social Justice Coalition, Interfaith Development Education Association (IDEA) and the InterChurch Council of Burlington.
Phipps will speak at 7:30 p.m. St. Volodymyr is located at 1280 Dundas Street West (Highway 5 at 4th Line). Refreshments will be provided at 7:00 p.m. Further information is available from the Halton Social Planning Council at 632-1975
Contact Joey Edwardh (905-632-1975) at the Halton Social Planning and Volunteer Centre for more information.
Bill Phipps is Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Born in Toronto in 1942, the 57-year Phipps was training as a lawyer before he entered theological school. He was ordained in 1969 and one year later was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Phipps has worked as a poverty lawyer, a pastor, community organizer, hospital chaplain and as an adult educator. From 1974-83 Phipps was Minister at Trinity - St. Paul's United in downtown Toronto. He then served 10 years in an administrative position as Executive Secretary with the United Church's Alberta and Northwest Conference. Phipps has been a minister at Scarboro United Church in Calgary since 1993.
Married to writer Carolyn Pogue, the Phipps have three adult children.
Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to social planning within the communities of the Regional Municipality of Halton (Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills). HSPC & VC also operates a volunteer centre which promotes volunteerism within Halton. HSPC & VC will hold its annual meeting on June 26th prior to Rev. Phipps' address.
Contact: Dr. Joey Edwardh 905-632-1975
The Halton Social Justice Coalition is a coalition of individuals and organizations devoted to raising awareness and responding to social justice issues within Halton. It has sponsored similar events in the past.
Contact: Ms. Brenda Dolling 905-332-2272
Interfaith Development Education Association (IDEA) is an interfaith organization that promotes peace and justice locally and globally.
Contact: Ms. Glynis Maxwell 905-637-3110
Interchurch Council of Burlington is an ecumenical church organization devoted to cooperation among various churches and denominations within Burlington.
Contact: Rev. Peter Hoyle 905-637-2942
"Demography, the study of human populations, is the most powerful and most underutilized tool we have to understand the past and to foretell the future. Demographics play a pivotal role in the economic and social life of our country...
Anyone involved in planning for the future needs to understand demographics. Thats true whether youre planning your own personal future or that of a school system, a hospital, a chain of restaurants, or a multinational corporation. It is simply not possible to do any competent planning without a knowledge of demographics..." (Foot and Stoffman, Boom Bust and Echo 2000, 1999, pp.8-9)
September 29, 1999 = The Halton Social Profile 1999 provides an extensive demographic description of Halton and its four municipalities. This information is essential to the strategic planning purposes of all agencies and groups throughout Halton. It is a tool that allows an agency to view demographic and socio-economic shifts through past decades, to the present and into the future. The shifts influence needs and demands. To be conscious of these changes allows for the development or evaluation of effective and appropriate programs and actions that will enhance human well-being. The profile is very useful to service providers, funders, planners, the not-for-profit sector and the private sector.
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To order a copy of the profile or for more information please contact the Council at (905) 632-1975 or 878-0955.