Social Planning

Social Planning helps the community identify strengths and challenges and determine ways to improve the quality of life for residents in Halton.

Community Dispatch

Vol. 24, #4 – We’ve Made Some Progress in Reducing Poverty: We Can’t Stop Now

Vol. 24, #3 – Ontario Budget 2019: It Doesn’t Need to Be This Way

As I move throughout Halton’s community of social and health agencies, I am aware of the anxiety and sense of vulnerability enveloping the sector. I feel the immense weight on the shoulders of my colleagues as they contemplate increasing need for services from a diverse and growing population combined with deep cuts to the service provided by their agency. They know that people will suffer.

This Community Dispatch shares David Thornley’s thoughts on how this budget doesn’t have to be this way. David is a colleague who has worked extensively in both government and the nonprofit sector and is a policy advisor to the Social Planning Network of Ontario.

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Vol. 24, #4 – We’ve Made Some Progress in Reducing Poverty: We Can’t Stop Now

Vol. 24, #2 – Amalgamation and The Death of Local Democracy

The participation and engagement of citizens determine the vitality and efficacy of democratic practices. The regional government review presently underway only pays lip service to consultation. Citizens have no time to study, reflect, and be heard. I thought it important to share Community Development Halton’s perspective as represented by CDH’s colleague Peter Clutterbuck in an opinion piece published this March by the Hamilton Spectator. Peter Clutterbuck is senior community planner with the Social Planning Network of Ontario.

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Vol. 24, #4 – We’ve Made Some Progress in Reducing Poverty: We Can’t Stop Now

Vol. 24, #1 – Volunteering: Crucial for Personal and Community Growth

Volunteering has been a valuable and effective method for Canadians to effect social change for many generations. What began as a way of sharing knowledge and helping each other survive has evolved into an organized method of mobilizing incredible amounts of energy and knowledge for the common good. Volunteers are a vital component of our social structure.

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Vol. 24, #4 – We’ve Made Some Progress in Reducing Poverty: We Can’t Stop Now

Vol. 23, #5 – Pharmacare: Building the Social Safety Net

In May 2018, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health released its report: ‘Pharmacare Now: Prescription Medicine Coverage for All Canadians’. This report details the current state of pharmacare in Canada and culminates in a list of 18 recommendations on how to develop a single-payer, universal pharmacare program. This means that one public plan would provide free prescription medication to Canadians.

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Vol. 24, #4 – We’ve Made Some Progress in Reducing Poverty: We Can’t Stop Now

Vol. 22, #2 – Ontario Basic Income Pilot

April 2017 The Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services announced that the Province of Ontario will pilot a Basic Income Program in three areas: Hamilton, Brantford, Brant County; Thunder Bay and surrounding area; and Lindsay. They state that “the purpose of...

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