Research Update: Current Obstacles to the Implementation of UNDRIP in Canada

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

Blog: The Impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities

Introduction COVID-19 has impacted all Albertans in devastating and widely different ways, but people with disabilities have pre-existing, unique, and complex concerns that have been exacerbated by the crisis. People with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty, isolation, unemployment, and child welfare intervention. Other factors...

Blog: Harm Reduction, People Who Use Drugs, and Their Communities

Introduction In early May, ESPC volunteer Jayme Wong published a blog post on supervised consumption sites in Alberta, detailing the debate surrounding their closures. Since then, the Alberta government has decided to close yet another service site in Calgary. While it has promised to move these services to another location, there is no...

fACT Sheet — The Family Centre: Education & Interpreter Services

Introduction The Family Centre is an organization that works to support families and children to help them flourish, and to help people engage with one another in order to promote healthy, safe, and economically viable communities. This fACT Sheet provides an overview of two particular services offered: Education Services and Centralized...

Statement on the Discovery of a Mass Gravesite of 215 Children Buried at a Former Residential School

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is deeply saddened by the recent discovery made by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation of a mass gravesite of 215 children buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia. It is a painful reminder of the widespread harms perpetuated by Canada’s...

Vital Topic — Gaps in the Social Safety Net

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 gaps in the social safety net....

Vital Topic — Primer on Income and the Cost of Living 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 income and the cost of living...

fACTivist Feature Article: Addressing Racialized Populations’ Barriers to Affordable Housing

Note: this is excerpted from the Spring 2021 edition of our fACTivist publication. The Edmonton Social Planning Council, in collaboration with volunteers and colleagues within the sector, strives to provide stakeholders and community members with updates on ESPC’s activities and projects, including articles and initiatives that address a variety...

Welcome

The Edmonton Social Planning Council is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan social research organization, with registered charitable status. Our focus is social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty. ESPC is a source of knowledge and expertise on social issues within our community.

ESPC focus centers on topics related to low-income and poverty. Our work includes undertaking research into the nature and magnitude of social issues in our community; public awareness and understanding of current social issues; being an independent voice in the community; encouraging public participation in the development of social policies, and the implementation of programs.

The strength of our voice and our role in the community is based on the support of people and organizations concerned about social issues. ESPC conducts research and analyzes data, produces reports, provides recommendations, is a depository of information, provides public education, conducts focus groups, does presentations, and works collaboratively with other social agencies.

We are dedicated to encouraging the adoption of equitable social policy, supporting the work of other organizations who are striving to improve the lives of Edmontonians, and educating the public regarding the social issues that impact them daily

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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
More lower income workers will now be eligible for the Critical Worker Benefit. https://t.co/VOsOPBDcRe #ableg #abpoli #yeg #yyc
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
A friendly reminder that our virtual Lunch and Learn event with @CaregiversAB is tomorrow!

Be sure to register to secure your spot: https://t.co/X9ccwcr35K #yeg https://t.co/1AFTdEI5Hj
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
"Today, with inflation on the rise, we need to consider what we can do to ensure the cost of a healthy diet stays within reach. There are two broad approaches. The first is to reduce poverty. The second is to reduce the cost of food." https://t.co/JAap3952SX #FoodSecurity
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"Community-based research respects local knowledge, Fairman explained.
[...] “Being truly respectful is being able to listen to what people are saying and hold that in the same space with your own ideas.”" https://t.co/dwnUxKIfnF #ualberta #publichealth
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
"I invite policymakers and decision-makers to take a deeper look and tackle all these systematic causes that allowed racism to exist and then become violent at the end," she said." https://t.co/Q2ZaiheE5B #yeg #yegcc #antiracism
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
In acknowledgment of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are re-publishing this review from our March 2021 edition of "Research Update" by volunteer reviewer Debyani Sarker on the challenges of implementing UNDRIP in Canada.

Read the review: https://t.co/VuOZUum5C6 #NIPD https://t.co/u8G5Udyqlg
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
"Many found the zoning bylaw itself so complex it was inaccessible. Despite recent improvements, they still also saw zoning as banning them from certain areas if they can’t afford to buy a whole house." https://t.co/iGgtWXFQKh #yeg #yegcc #housing
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Edmonton Social Planning Council @edmontonspc
"One of the actions being implemented right away is the creation of a public community safety and well-being dashboard to better track safety concerns and racist activity in the city." https://t.co/EjLIp2SLxt #yeg #yegcc
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Recent Publications

fACTivist Newsletter

Confronting Racism with Data: Why Canada Needs Disaggregated Race-Based Data

2020 Annual Report

80th Anniversary

New – Lunch & Learn – Helping Families Flourish: Education and Family Services at the Family Centre

New – Lunch & Learn – C5 Collaborating for Change

New – ESPC AGM Keynote Presentation – Carissa Halton: Lessons on Community-building from a Misunderstood Neighbourhood

We’re pleased to open up our Lunch and Learn sessions to other non-profits as a way of introducing agencies and their incredible programs and services to other community members.

For those interested in participating, we would love to host you at a future event. Please direct any inquiries to Brett Lambert.To stay informed about future Lunch and Learns and ESPC news and announcements, subscribe to our email newsletter.

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Our Team

 

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Susan Morrissey

Susan Morrissey

Executive Director

Jenn Rossiter

Jenn Rossiter

Research Services and Capacity Building Coordinator

Rowan El-Bialy

Rowan El-Bialy

Strategic Research Coordinator

Sydney Sheloff

Sydney Sheloff

Research Officer

Brett Lambert

Brett Lambert

Community Engagement Coordinator

Justine Basilan

Justine Basilan

Executive Assistant

Social Well-Being Tracker

 

Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities.

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