Research Update: Privatization Pressure in Alberta Health Care

Note: This is excerpted from the March 2021 edition of our “Research Update” publication. The Edmonton Social Planning Council, in collaboration with our volunteers, strives to provide stakeholders and community members with up-to-date reviews, prepared by our volunteers, on recently published social research reports and publications. A review by...

fACT Sheet — Supporting Seniors During COVID-19

Introduction In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, information related to the science behind the virus, how it spread, and what measures were necessary to prevent infection emerged and evolved. It soon became clear that COVID-19 posed the biggest risk for those with underlying health conditions and people over the age of 70. It was soon...

Research Update: Homelessness and COVID-19—A Look into System and Shelter Impacts and Responses in 2020

Note: This is excerpted from the March 2021 edition of our “Research Update” publication. The Edmonton Social Planning Council, in collaboration with our volunteers, strives to provide stakeholders and community members with up-to-date reviews, prepared by our volunteers, on recently published social research reports and publications. A review by...

Media Release: New provincial rental assistance programs brings much-needed relief to Edmonton renters

For Immediate Release EDMONTON – The Edmonton Social Planning Council is encouraged by the Government of Alberta’s announcement of two new rental assistance programs, the Rent Assistance Benefit and the Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit, which will be open for applications on April 1st and May 1st, respectively. Our agency has identified the...

Blog: Low Income Single Adults: How stereotypes can make us forget people

Introduction Recent attention has been given to low-income single adults, describing them as the “forgotten poor.” More people are living as singles—as a share of the population, single people have grown from 9% in 1981 to 14% in 2016. Despite Canada-wide anti-poverty measures, many single adults are struggling to meet their basic needs. A recent...

Research Update: End-of-Life Decision Making—Progress Since 2011

Note: this is excerpted from the March 2021 edition of our “Research Update” publication. The Edmonton Social Planning Council, in collaboration with our volunteers, strives to provide stakeholders and community members with up-to-date reviews, prepared by our volunteers, on recently published social research reports and publications. A review by...

Research Update: March 2021

The Edmonton Social Planning Council, in collaboration with our volunteers, strives to provide stakeholders and community members with up-to-date reviews on recently published social research reports and publications. In this issue, we have the following reviews: Homelessness and COVID-19: A Look Into System and Shelter Impacts and Responses In...

Call for Nominations: Award of Merit 2021

Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is an organization committed to undertaking social research for the benefit of the entire community. We recognize many individuals and groups in our community also work tirelessly to advocate for programs in parallel to the ESPC vision of a just and...

fACT Sheet — Zoning Bylaws and Affordable Housing

Introduction Ending chronic homelessness has been a priority for Edmonton’s City Council in recent years. In 2009, the city committed to ending chronic homelessness within 10 years. Although a lot of progress has been made, they have fallen short of this original goal. Nevertheless, City Council remains committed to finding solutions. Though the...

Vital Topic — COVID-19 in Edmonton

Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual checkup conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. Vital Topics ar a quick but comprehensive look at issues that are timely and important to Edmonton. For this edition, we take a look at the impact of the COVID-19...

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Approximately 20% of people experiencing homelessness in Canada are youth, and 6,000 of them experience homelessness every night.

80% of women in Canadian institutions are there for poverty-related crimes, with nearly half of those the result of simply failing to pay a fine.

Locally, Edmonton’s Food Bank gleans 4.8 million pounds of food waste annually, equivalent to 60—80% of its annual meals.

Leftovers Edmonton also diverts food waste for emergency relief, and in 2019 rescued enough food to provide 164,000 meals to charity.

1 in 4 Edmontonians are Millennials

Millennials have the highest debt to after-tax income ratio among the generations measured at any point in their life, at 216%. This is more than 1.7 times young Gen Xers and 2.7 times more than young Boomers.

In 2016, more than 1 in 4 metro Edmontonians identified as a visible minority.

1 in 10 metro Edmonton residents live in low income. 18% of children in metro Edmonton, live in low income households.

Sign petitions denouncing racist policies and actions here in Canada.

Engage with your local city councillor, school board trustee, MLA, and MP and ask them how they plan to incorporate an anti-racist framework in their policies and legislation.

Speak out against micro-aggressions that you may see in your day-to-day life.

Read written works by Black and Indigenous authors in Canada: Desmond Cole, Rinaldo Walcott, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Jesse Thistle, and many more.

Donate to one of the various Black, Indigenous, BIPOC-led organizations in Edmonton and Canada.

Lunch & Learn: Supporting Children through COVID

When: Thursday, March 25, 2021, @ noon!

Speaker: Jenna Brewer, Recruitment and Partnership Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters

Summary:

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) is a community-supported organization committed to the healthy development of children, youth, and their families by providing safe places, positive relationships, services and opportunities to develop personal strengths and interpersonal skills that enhance their long-term success in life. Join us to learn more about what BGCBigs does and how they work within the community. This presentation will include information on the BGCBigs volunteer program—there is a great need for volunteers, and they will share some of these opportunities and options.

Volunteer opportunities at BGCBigs: https://bit.ly/3lPzQPT

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COVID-19 R values
The R-value, also known as the reproduction number, describes whether cases are currently increasing, decreasing or staying the same. It tells us the average number of people that someone with COVID-19 will infect.

For example, if the R-value is:
at 1, then an infected person will infect one other person, on average
below 1, it means the rate of transmission was decreasing during that period
above 1, the transmission rate was increasing

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