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Special Issue of the
Canadian Social Research Newsletter:
Canadian Social Forum
Calgary, May 19-22, 2009
Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)
This week's issue of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter is a bit of a departure from the regular weekly smorgasbord of links from hither and yon. That's because last week, I (Gilles Seguin) had a bit of a departure from the basement at home, where I usually work under the close supervision of my three cats, when I flew to Calgary to freeze my butt off for four days [not intentionally] and to attend the inaugural Canadian Social Forum, hosted by the Canadian Council on Social Development, along with over 500 other participants from academia, the NGO sector and government.
This was such a special event for me that I decided when I arrived at home in Ottawa in the wee hours of Saturday morning to focus on the Forum in this special issue of the newsletter.
Below, you'll find
(a) the final program for the event (to see what you missed if you weren't there),
(b) the website of Dignity for All - the campaign for a poverty-free Canada (which was launched on Friday, the last day of the Forum),
(c) NEW on the CCSD website: Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs - 14 reports in the Social Development Report Series, 2009, and
(d) comments from the peanut gallery.
Please note that the Forum just ended this past Friday and that this newsletter is being disseminated on Sunday, so there will no doubt be more online resources on the subject of the Forum early in the week as NGO websites get updated and news articles are written and blog entries are posted. The CCSD is also planning on posting some of the content from the event to its website, so I'm looking forward to including those links in a forthcoming issue of this newsletter. You can check the CCSD website from time to time this week to see if it's been updated, or you can subscribe to the CCSD Newsflash on the home page and they'll notify you when the site is updated.
Social Forum - Act Now 4 Change
Final Program (PDF - 5.8MB, 40 pages)
NOTE: this is a large file to download if you're on on a slow connection, but well worth a read if only to see the breadth and the depth of the topics covered in this four-day event, and the expertise around the table
* Richard Harwood * Sheila Watt-Cloutier * Charles Karelis * Alain Noël * Cornelia Wieman * Alain Noël * Richard Shillington * Michael Creek * Ruth MacDonald * Shirley Soleil * Steve Snyder * Roger Gibbins * Christine Walsh * Michael Prince * Yvonne Peters * Deborah Parkes * Lucie Dumais * Laurie Beachell * Cam Crawford * Michael Bach * Bruce Porter * Lois Klassen * Cindy Blackstock * Uzma Shakir * Tim Draimin * Michel Venne * Mike McCracken * Jim Mulvale * Jacquie Maund * Laurel Rothman * Adrienne Montani * Ian Renaud–Lauze * Hugh Segal * Françoise David * Mark Kelley * James Hughes * Seth Klein * Derek Cook * Linda Hawke * Lois Klassen * John Stapleton * Michael Oliphant the clotheshorse * more...
Canadian Council on Social Development
Dignity for All - the campaign for a poverty-free
"I believe that freedom from poverty is a human right.
I believe in equality among all people.
I believe we are all entitled to social and economic security.
I believe in dignity for all.
NOW is the time to end poverty in Canada."
The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada was founded by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice. [Canada Without Poverty is the new public name of the National Anti-Poverty Organization.] Visit the site to obtain some background information about the campaign, updates on poverty reduction in Canada and how you can engage and support this effort to secure enduring and meaningful federal leadership for a poverty-free Canada. Inaugural Campaign Committee members include: ACORN Canada, Campaign 2000, Canadian Association of Social Workers, Canadian Cooperative Association, Canadian Council on Social Development, Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, Make Poverty History, and the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry. We are also working in consultation with Collective for a Poverty-Free Quebec.
the time to end poverty in Canada
By Karri Munn-Venn and Rob Rainer
May 18, 2009
The campaign has three goals:
1. A comprehensive, integrated federal plan for poverty elimination.
2. A federal Act to eliminate poverty, promote social inclusion and strengthen social security.
3. Sufficient federal revenue to invest in social security.
support the campaign.
Click on the “I support” button on the home page and be a part of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada.
Because NOW is the time to end poverty in Canada!
[ List of Campaign supporters to date ]
Based in Ottawa and governed by people with experience of living in poverty, Canada Without Poverty works to address the structural causes of and to promote lasting solutions to poverty. We are especially focused on federal, provincial and territorial government policies and legislation (existing and proposed) that may help or harm low-income Canadians.
by Rob Rainer, Executive Director (PDF - 71K, 9 pages)
February 17, 2009
- an introduction to Canada Without Poverty, an overview of poverty in Canada, remarks on income inequality and poverty as a human rights issue, and introduction to the Dignity for All Campaign
for Public Justice
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship. We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good. Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue.
[ Excerpt from Vision and Mission ]
New resource from the Canadian Council on Social Development!
Reduction Policies and Programs
Social Development Report Series, 2009
Series Editor: Katherine Scott
– identifies current federal, provincial and territorial approaches to poverty reduction.
- 14 authors discuss the ideas, interests and institutions that have shaped the evolution of poverty reduction policies and programs in Canada and the issues for each jurisdiction moving forward.
Required reading for ANYONE interested in Canadian welfare programs!
Reduction Policies and Programs in Canada (PDF - 341K, 29 pages)
By David I. Hay, Information Partnership
[ version française - PDF ]
Table of Contents:
* Poverty Definition and Measurement
* Poverty Trends in Canada
* Social Policy Development Goals
* Canada as a Social Welfare State
* Social Values in Canada
* Roles and Responsibilities
* Policy Decision-making in Canada and the Poverty Policy Community
NATIONAL ANTI-POVERTY AND INCOME SECURITY POLICIES IN CANADA
* Child and Family Benefits
* Benefits for Seniors
* Employment Benefits
* Other Programs
COMPREHENSIVE ANTI-POVERTY / INCOME SECURITY POLICIES IN CANADA
* What are the essential elements?
* What are the political opportunities and prospects?
Policies and Programs
Poverty in Ontario – Failed Promise and the Renewal of Hope Ontario (PDF - 411K, 34 pages)
By Glynis Maxwell, Community Development Halton (Social Planning Network of Ontario)
Table of contents:
PROFILE OF POVERTY IN ONTARIO
DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY AND PROGRAMS
* The Post-War Era
* 1975 to 1985: A Growing Need to Tackle Poverty
* 1985 to 1995: SARC and the Failure of Reform
* 1995 to 2003: The ‘Common Sense Revolution’
CURRENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS
* Social Assistance Incomes
* Minimum Wage
* Quality of Employment
* Barriers to Employment for Social Assistance Recipients
* Barriers to Employment for Newcomers
* Affordable Housing
* Child Care
* Developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy
The Best Place on Earth? Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
on Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in British Columbia (PDF - 410K, 38 pages)
By Scott Graham, Jill Atkey, Crystal Reeves, and Michael Goldberg
Extending the Alberta Advantage (PDF - 393K, 29 pages)
- by Peter Faid, Community Services Consulting Ltd.
Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Saskatchewan (PDF - 461K, 33 pages)
By Bill Holden, Nicola Chapin, Carmen Dyck and Nich Frasier
Community-University Institute for Social Research
Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Manitoba (PDF - 371K, 34 pages)
By Tom Carter and Chesya Polevychok, University of Winnipeg
(The English version of this report is forthcoming)
La lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion par le
développement social au Québec : un portrait des vingt dernières années (PDF - 444K, 48 pages)
Restoring Hope or Treading Water? (PDF - 263K, 19 pages)
By Kurt Peacock, University of New Brunswick (Saint John)
[ version française - PDF ]
The Causes and Consequences of Poverty: Understanding Divisions and Disparities in Social and Economic Development in Nova Scotia (PDF - 440K, 43 pages)
By Christine Saulnier, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Nova Scotia Office)
Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Prince Edward Island (PDF - 401K, 34 pages)
By Kathleen Flanagan
Tracing a Path from the Past to the Future Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF - 652K, 49 pages)
By Fran Locke with Penelope Rowe, Community Services Council Newfoundland and Labrador
Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in the Northwest Territories (PDF - 333K, 27 pages)
By Jeffrey Wilson, Alternatives North
Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in the Yukon (PDF - 1.7MB, 33 pages)
By Natalie Edelson
Canadian Council on Social Development
Canadian Social Forum:
Some personal observations
Since I'm now retired from the world of paid employment, I attended this conference as an interested observer and, like the other 500+ participants, a supporter of social justice who wants to do my bit to improve Canada's social policies. Because I no longer have to account to anyone but you, Dear Subscribers, I thought I might share a few of my feelings with you about the inaugural Canadian Social Forum in Calgary after 48 hours have passed since my return to the 'real' world. [Incidentally, I used the word "inaugural" to clarify that it *appears* to be the intention of the organizers to do this again. Because there was no announcement in the Forum closing remarks about the next Forum or the formation of an organizing group, many participants left the conference wondering if the event would take place again. I copied the word from the final version of the Forum program.]
After attending all but one of the dozen social welfare policy conferences that the CCSD hosted from '82 to 2005, I feel more strongly now than ever that the Forum is a critically-important venue for much-needed multidisciplinary dialogue and networking. I was attending as a federal civil servant for ten of those conferences, and I was constantly amazed at the communication barriers that were broken down in those few days every two years or so. That series of conferences was my first critical link to people in other governments, in academia and in the non-governmental sector. Many of the connections that I made at those events have led to warm relationships with people in academia, the NGO sector and other governments that thrive to this day. Frankly, I think governments should require their social policy staff to attend this type of event as part of their knowledge worker apprenticeship programs. It's the mix of participants at the inaugural Canadian Social Forum that makes it so vibrant, in my humble opinion --- and the list of social policy celebrities didn't hurt either, from a media sex appeal point of view...
Now my concern,
about "the absence of poor people from this event".
On May 22, Forum participant Athena asked, in the Forum Liveblog: "Where are the people who are living in poverty?? As I sit in the McLeod room at this Canadian Social Forum I keep searching for the people who this forum affects the most and I cannot see them." Likewise, on a few occasions during plenary sessions, I heard audience members making the same observation during the open mic session. One person even suggested that every one of the speakers on stage should be in the audience and that the stage should be for poor people to tell THEIR stories.
As an impartial observer in Calgary, I think I can say something in my own newsletter, without fear of upsetting my dear subscribers too much (hopefully), about the fact that the intended audience of the Forum was, in fact, the social policy experts, the academics and the NGOS who work the front lines. It's right on the Forum home page : "We're bringing together community leaders from social development, public health, environment, community safety and recreation."
I'm pretty sure the several hundred committed people from those front-line NGOs who were in the room - many who have been working with and on behalf of people living in poverty for decades - found it painful to hear that their collective experience and their dedication to social justice seemed to be perceived as less relevant because they didn't have any first-hand experience living in poverty. To coin a phrase, "you don't have to be a chicken to know an egg". These dedicated people from the NGO sector know the difficulties facing people living in poverty, both from first-hand experience in many cases and from public consultations where the public is invited to speak about the issues affecting them.
The Canadian Social Forum included people from many national organizations that focus on welfare, poverty and related issues (e.g., National Council of Welfare, Canadian Council on Social Development, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, to name but a few). In fact, Canada Without Poverty's Board of Directors is comprised wholly of people with experience of living in poverty, and many of those people were, in fact, at the Calgary Forum. NGOs from different parts of the country sent some of their clients or former clients to participate in the event. and to share their stories through workshops. One of the best workshops I attended was a lively role-playing session around poverty themes, and it was done with the assistance of our four expert facilitators, who are affiliated with the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. They helped us to understand just some of the frustrations that people living in poverty experience on a daily basis. (Thanks to Opal and the other facilitators!)
It is absolutely and critically important to involve those with lived experience in the process of identifying and addressing the shortcomings of our patchwork quilt of social programs in Canada, and to ensure that they have a voice and a place in that process. I'm just saying that the process has many steps --- it's important to hear the voice of the people, AND it's important to set aside some time and a forum where government people, NGO people and academics can get together to break down the institutional barriers and help the policy-makers to improve our social programs.
Roads - Another view of Canada's Social Forum
Tax credits pitched as tool to fight poverty
By Jason Markusoff
May 21, 2009
Charles Karelis likens poverty to getting one bee sting on your hand and five on your torso. If somebody offered to sell you a dab of salve for the hand sting, would you bother buying it? "Getting rid of the sting on your hand would be like quieting a shout in a riot. It won't make much difference," the U. S. philosopher and author on poverty said Wednesday. The troubles of poverty, like stings, add up, and make small relief efforts not worthwhile, Karelis explained to the Canadian Social Forum [see link below]. (...) The three-day forum, the first of its kind in Canada, brought together several hundred social-agency workers, provincial and local government officials, academics, business figures and advocates from towns and cities throughout Canada to share strategies on reducing poverty.
CITY OF OTTAWA
Leadership Table on Homelessness launches 10-year plan, announces placement
of 100 people in first year
May 22, 2009
Ottawa – This morning, the Leadership Table on Homelessness (LTH) announced that, through the support of the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Community Housing and the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, 100 chronically homeless people in our community will be placed in supportive housing within the next few weeks. The LTH also released Destination: Home, a plan for our community to address and eliminate chronic homelessness
[ The Leadership Table on Homelessness (LTH) consists of business leaders, government officials, community agencies and members of the faith community, who have come together to implement a plan to end chronic homelessness in Ottawa. The LTH is a community-wide initiative, supported by United Way/Centraide Ottawa and the City of Ottawa. ]
United Way of Ottawa
I can't find a link to the Destination: Home report mentioned in the above blurb.
The link may be added in the coming week; click the United Way link above to see if it's been posted to the site.
urges housing for chronically homeless
Saving on services will bring benefits to us all in the long run, group says
May 22, 2009
OTTAWA - The squalid, shadowy side of Fat City came sharply into focus Friday with the release of a compelling report on how to end chronic homelessness in Ottawa within 10 years. The report, titled "Destination: Home," noted that more than 1,400 people in Ottawa are categorized as "chronically homeless," defined as those who spend more than 60 cumulative nights a year on the streets or in shelters.
The Ottawa Citizen
Homelessness, Program Responses,
and an Assessment of Toronto’s Streets to Homes Program (PDF - 224K, 49 pages)
By Nick Falvo
The emergent Housing First model, focused on new means of rapid rehousing of the homeless, is popular in North America among policy-makers and the mass media. Yet little has been written on the Housing First model’s transferability to Canadian municipalities. This report begins by discussing the Housing First model as it has evolved in the United States context. Turning to the main focus of this research, the paper then documents, analyzes and interprets Canada’s version of Housing First, Toronto’s Streets to Homes (S2H) program, based on primary and secondary research including semi-structured key informant interviews. The report concludes with recommendations about how to both improve S2H and ensure that Housing First programs in other Canadian cities are effective in housing homeless persons.
Canadian Policy Research Networks
“Housing First” Model: Immediate Access to
Permanent Housing (PDF - 121K, 4 pages)
[ version française - PDF ]
- summary of main findings from the above study; this summary appeared in a special edition of Canadian Housing magazine
MARKS 10 YEARS OF FIGHTING POVERTY WITH NEW STRATEGY CALLED ALL ABOARD
Vision Sets Goals for Affordable Housing, Training, Jobs and Healthy Families: Selinger, Mackintosh
May 21, 2009
A poverty-reduction strategy called ALL Aboard, based on an annual investment of more than $744 million including $212 million of new investments, will focus on long-term solutions to help low-income Manitobans, Finance Minister Greg Selinger and Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
The ministers said poverty is about more than a lack of money alone; it is a combination of problems that keep people from participating in the economy or in society. In recognition of this complexity, ALL Aboard has four priorities: to create more affordable housing, strengthen training and income supports, enhance child development, and ease access to co-ordinated services and programs.
fall under four pillars:
Safe, affordable housing in supportive communities:
· an expanded HOMEWorks! program,*
· a new vision for Manitoba Housing,*
· a new homeless and mental-health housing strategy,
· Manitoba Shelter Benefit enhancements,*
· more Lighthouses,*
· a SafetyAid expansion for low income seniors,* and
· an expanded Neighbourhoods Alive! program.
Education, jobs and income support:
· a graduation rate initiative including a new northern Aboriginal Youth Internship program;*
· stronger post-secondary education access initiatives through Bright Futures;
· a new strategy for people with disabilities;*
· Rebound, Manitoba’s back to work action plan;*
· new Rewarding Work Initiatives including mental-health support and recreational opportunities pilots;*
· a minimum wage increase in October 2009;
· property and personal tax credit increases and an increase in the low-income threshold;
· the Manitoba Saves! asset building program; and
Strong, healthy families:
· new family resource centres in community schools,*
· a Healthy Foods action fund,*
· a new family-enhancement stream in child welfare,* and
· more affordable, quality child care.*
Accessible, co-ordinated services:
· ServiceLink, a new navigation strategy to help Manitobans access benefits and services;*
· MYTEAM, a youth transition employment assistance program to help youth aging out of child welfare;* and
· the new Career Development Gateway, providing single-window access to help people develop their careers.
(*Full announcement pending.)
(...) The province will consult on the proposed strategy with a view to concluding a series of measures that are expected to be reported in 2010-11.
Province of Manitoba News Releases
AllAboard - Manitoba’s
Poverty Reduction Strategy (PDF - 562K, 8 pages)
In Manitoba, we believe that all people deserve a high quality of life and the opportunity to realize their potential.
Taking action to reduce poverty is the right thing to do.
Manitoba Family Services and Housing
$212 million to battle poverty
Province to place greater emphasis on housing needs
May 22, 2009
WINNIPEG — After years of sniping from left-wing critics that it has done too little to fight poverty, the Doer government fired back Thursday with a new "comprehensive" strategy that brought kudos from social agencies and business leaders alike. The province announced it has earmarked $212 million in new funding this year for bricks-and-mortar projects, as well as programming for low-income Manitobans.
It also signalled a change in how it deals with people with mental-health issues and addictions, placing greater emphasis on housing. The "housing first" approach means the government will try to put a roof over a person's head before offering other supports.
Winnipeg Free Press
United Way commends
province for new measures to reduce poverty
May 22, 2009
United Way of Winnipeg is thrilled with a new provincial strategy to reduce poverty, announced May 21, 2009. (...) Among the organizations acting in conjunction with ALL Aboard is the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council. United Way of Winnipeg is founder of, and provides office space and technical assistance to the council.
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