Research Update: December 2020

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: * Working-Age Singles: The “Forgotten Poor” of Canada -- Reviewed by Kara...

ESPC Submission to the Alberta Budget 2021 Consultation

Note: this is a written submission to the Government of Alberta's Budget 2021 consultation. For more information or to participate, visit their website. December 3, 2020 Subject: Alberta Budget 2021 Submission To Whom It May Concern: Thank you for this opportunity to make a submission as part of the Government of Alberta’s consultation process in...

fACT Sheet — Basic Income: Can it Happen Here?

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn took hold in Canada starting in March 2020, exacerbated inefficiencies in Canada’s social safety net. The federal government, to its credit, worked quickly to deliver emergency relief to millions of Canadians who found themselves suddenly jobless or furloughed. Nevertheless,...

Media Release: Educational outcomes for Edmontonians improve while racial and gender inequalities persist, says new ESPC report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Edmonton’s residents are better educated than before despite persistent racial and gender inequalities. Additionally, poverty continues to negatively impact too many families as their cost of living goes up and economic challenges persist. That’s according to the 15th edition of Tracking the Trends, the flagship publication...

Tracking the Trends 2020

Tracking the Trends provides a comprehensive overview of Edmonton’s social well-being. The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is pleased to present this 15th edition of Tracking the Trends. Thirty one years after the release of the first edition in 1989, we remain committed to regularly updating this valuable compendium of social and...

fACTivist Feature Article: School Resource Officers and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Note: this is excerpted from the Fall 2020 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 of...

United Way Campaign 2020

Edmonton Social Planning Council’s 2020 United Way Campaign Poverty is the most debilitating social issue we are dealing with today. It strips people of self-esteem, robs children of their true potential, and causes families to lose hope. It can take many forms, and there are numerous ways that someone can find themselves locked into poverty due...

The fACTivist – Fall 2020 – Our 80th Anniversary issue

The fACTivist is the ESPC’s quarterly newsletter. It offers articles on a variety of pertinent social issues, as well as providing updates on Council activities and projects, and profiles of ESPC staff and board members. In this issue, we take a retrospective look at our 80 year history, taking a look at the Edmonton Social Planning Council's...

fACT Sheet — Food (In)Security During COVID-19

What is Food (In)Security? As defined by the United Nations’ World Food Summit of 1996, food security exists when “all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet dietary needs for a productive and healthy life.” Food insecurity occurs when individuals or families lack access...

Letter to the Editor: City’s plan for homeless applauded

Note: This letter to the editor was originally published in the Edmonton Journal on October 15, 2020. The Edmonton Social Planning Council applauds Edmonton’s rapid plan to end homelessness in the city. With winter on the horizon and the adverse impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable and marginalized populations, quick action to address those living...

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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.

It is a myth that racism has been eradicated in Canada. There are many ways to get involved and begin to change this:

Sign petitions denouncing racist policies and actions here in Canada.

It is a myth that racism has been eradicated in Canada. There are many ways to get involved and begin to change this:

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

It is a myth that racism has been eradicated in Canada. There are many ways to get involved and begin to change this:

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

It is a myth that racism has been eradicated in Canada. There are many ways to get involved and begin to change this:

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

It is a myth that racism has been eradicated in Canada. There are many ways to get involved and begin to change this:

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

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This video is part of the Edmonton Social Planning Council's Lunch and Learn Series - Click here for description
Join us in our series of free lunchtime talks about social issues and learn about diverse ways to help create a community in which all people are full and valued participants!

When: November 25, 2020 @ 12pm
Where: Online Virtual Event via Zoom

Erick Ambtman, Executive Director, EndPovertyEdmonton
Lee Stevens, Policy & Research Specialist, Vibrant Communities Calgary

This Lunch & Learn is on a basic income guarantee, where governments provide a no-strings attached cash transfer to their residents designed to meet their basic needs. The idea is hardly new, but it has gained renewed attention and interest, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic threatened the lives and livelihoods of millions of Canadians. Different versions of a basic income have been implemented on a trial basis around the world in the past, present, and even future. With that in mind, can a basic income program be implemented here in Alberta? In this discussion, our speakers will make the case for why a basic income — if designed properly — could help our most vulnerable populations not only survive, but thrive.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a virtual event.

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