We are Listening – Sparking Public Conversation on GSAswas a public event held in the rehearsal hall of the Winspear Theatre in Edmonton on January 31, 2015.
The event was held in response to the introduction of Bill 10, which would allow Alberta school boards to reject student requests to create peer-support groups known as gay-straight alliances (GSAs).
The event was open to the general public as an opportunity to hear firsthand from individuals as they share their stories around their experiences with or without GSAs in schools.
This Edmonton Social Planning Council document is a summary of what was said by youth, parents, educators and concerned citizens.
Click here to download WE ARE LISTENING Sparking Public Conversation on GSAs
Nominations are being sought to determine the next recipient of the ESPC Award of Merit for Advocacy and Social Justice.
The council is seeking forward-looking and courageous individuals and groups who have not turned away from controversy in an effort to seek social justice. The efforts of the individual or group should have had a clear impact on the community and be either ongoing or for a considerable period of time.
“We recognize that many individuals and groups in our community work tirelessly to advocate for programs that parallel the social vision of the Edmonton Social Planning Council,” said board member Rose Marie Tremblay. “From time to time, we provide an award of merit to an individual or group whom we believe has provided a long-term record of dedication and achievement in the pursuit of social policies of benefit to Edmontonians.”
A nominating committee made up of board members will decide whether any nominee sufficiently meets the award criteria. If a nominee is selected, a presentation will be made at the ESPC’s annual general meeting on May 21.
The deadline to submit nominations is midnight on April 14, 2015.
Click this link to download the Award of Merit 2015 Guidelines
Click this link to download the Nomination Application Form
Vital Signs® Edmonton 2014, produced by the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, presents a wide range of statistics on housing, education, health, cultural diversity, voting trends, student debt and more, with a specific focus on youth.
Click on the links to download documents (PDF Format):
You are invited to our Seasonal Celebration. Join us December 4, 2014 (4:00 - 6:00pm) at the ESPC office (#37, 9912 - 106 Street) paid parking is available on the street or the lot across from the building.
We look forward to seeing you.
Edmonton's population reaches 877,926, Global Edmonton, August. 29, 2014
Here we grow again! Edmonton's population is up more than 60,000 in the last two years. Vinesh Pratap finds out what the numbers mean.
(This television news item was a follow-up to Mayor Don Iveson's announcement that the city's population grew by about seven percent in the past two years.)
Following interviews with two people who recently moved to the city, Edmonton Social Planning Council's executive director Susan Morrissey was quoted saying: "You can't assume that just because we are going to be in another economic growth period that everyone is going to benefit." (and following some images of homeless people... ) "It's not perfect but I do think that we are now on the (same) page and everyone is saying let's take all of these plans and put them together and address these issues that way."
Watch the video here.