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  • Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale Edmonton Social Planning Council #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:00am - 4:00 pm Pricing is by donation. Enjoy some baked goods and learn more about our work! 100% of the proceeds go directly to the United Way, which is working with partners in the community to help end poverty in Edmonton. Poverty is #Unignorable Read More
  • Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    December 10, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Please note: Registration is required for this event. Please CLICK HERE to register. About this presentation: The Edmonton Social Planning Council's Lunch & Learn Series is a series of engaging lunch-time talks about social Read More
  • 2019 Seasonal Celebration

    2019 Seasonal Celebration

    Our Board of Directors and Staff wish to extend an invitation to you to join us in celebrating the holidays at our office! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. When: December 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm Where: Suite #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Read More
  • Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council provided the recent Op-Ed in the Edmonton Journal. Read the full version here: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-budget-is-a-setback-for-lower-income-albertans Download the Fact Sheet here: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Excerpt from the Edmonton Journal: With the UCP tabling their first budget, there is a lot of talk of what this means. Depending on who you ask, this Read More
  • 2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    Download: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Introduction The 2019 budget, which runs until March 31, 2020, is titled A Plan for Jobs and the Economy. The main priorities it identifies is creating jobs and reducing the deficit. We are now almost 7 months into the 2019-20 budget year, so many of the big changes announced will not take effect until next spring’s Read More
  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Access to stable and quality housing can produce positive outcomes to community health and education, and ultimately improve neighbourhood conditions and perceptions. Families that are in unstable housing are more likely to face intergenerational poverty. Living in unsafe neighbourhoods could have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, there is still formidable public opposition to providing quality Read More
  • A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    Read the full report (click on the link):A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update Click to download: 2016 Federal Census Neighbourhood Summary Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (All Ages) Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (0 to 17) INTRODUCTION Poverty affects people from all walks of life – young, old, employed, unemployed, those Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on Indigenous Women in Alberta.   Download: Vital Topic - Indigenous Women in Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on The Arts. ARTS include a wide variety of creative disciplines including: Read More
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TORONTO, Nov. 17 /CNW/ - Campaign 2000, a cross-Canada coalition of morethan 120 organizations, is sending this letter to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe and Elizabeth May, urging the to keep the interests of children and families at the forefront of their agenda as they prepare for the new session of Parliament.

Below is an open letter we are sending to the Right Hon. Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada.

 


Campaign 2000 asks PM Harper to keep interests of children on the agenda                       for fall session of Parliament

                  - An Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper
                              November 17, 2008
                             From Campaign 2000
       (Laurel Rothman and Members of Campaign 2000 Steering Committee)

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Dear Mr. Harper:
 
As you prepare for a new session of Parliament, we are writing to urge you to keep the interests of children and their families at the forefront of the agenda. Campaign 2000 is a broad, non-partisan coalition that represents hundreds of thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Campaign 2000 will want to see concrete commitments to the reduction of child and family poverty and to the development of a system of early childhood education and care services in this next session. It's critical that the federal government takes the lead, because far too many children and their families still live in
poverty.

Campaign 2000 will be releasing our 2008 Report Card on Child and FamilyPoverty to the public on Nov. 21st, and we call on you to work with all levelsof government and civil society to adopt a comprehensive poverty reductio strategy. Without action from your government, the current economic downturn
means that poverty rates will increase.

A range of Canadians have agreed on what is needed to achieve a economically robust and socially inclusive Canada. Most agree that incom support programs, including an enhanced child benefit and strengthened Employment Insurance; early childhood education and care services; affordablehousing and good jobs are key elements of a poverty reduction strategy.Canadians are eagerly looking for leadership on these issues.(1) A overwhelming majority (92%) say that if other nations like the UK and Swedencan significantly reduce poverty, so can Canada. Three-quarters of Canadians (77%) say that the lack of affordable child care is a serious problem inCanada today and 83% think that governments have an important role to play insolving this problem.

We recognize that at this time the state of the economy is paramount an will dominate debate. While investments in physical infrastructure project will be an important component, we believe that public investments in th social infrastructure can and should be an equally important component inaddressing economic uncertainty. Social investments help stabilize markets and protect families from further hardship as consumption by Canadians account for 57% of the economy.(2) Investments in low and modest income families are particularly strategic because they use their money in local communities topay rent and purchase food as well as other necessities which help grow local economies.

It is more important than ever that our governments take the lead. We are counting on you and the leaders of the opposition parties to make sure that the needs of children and families are at the forefront when addressing the problems facing Canada.

    Sincerely,

    (signed)
    Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator, Campaign 2000

    Signed on behalf of members of Campaign 2000 Steering Committee (in
alphabetical order by last name):


     -  Sue Delanoy, Communities for Children, Sask.
    -  Jody Dellaire, Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
    -  Sid Frankel, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
    -  Martha Friendly, Child Care Resource and Research Unit
    -  Randy Hatfield, Human Development Council, NB
    -  Wayne Helgason, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, MB
    -  Colin Hughes, Metro Toronto Campaign 2000/Children's Aid Society of
       Toronto
    -  John Kolkman, Edmonton Social Plannin Council  webiste: www.edmontonsoicalplanning.ca 
   -  Jacquie Maund, Ontario Campaign 2000
    -  Andrew Jackson, Canadian Labour Congress
    -  Adrienne Montani, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
    -  Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Public Interest Alberta
    -  Marvyn Novick, Professor Emeritus, Ryerson University
    -  Rob Rainer, National Anti Poverty Organization
    -  Pauline Raven, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Nova Scotia
    -  Simon Rosenblum, June Callwood Campaign Against Child Poverty
    -  Laurel Rothman, Campaign 2000 and Family Service Toronto
    -  Penelope Rowe, Community Services Council, Newfoundland and Labrador
    -  Helen Saravanamuttoo, Canadian Association of Social Workers
    -  Rebecca Siggner, Social Planning and Research Council, BC

    cc:
    The Hon. Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
    Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada
    Gilles Duceppe, Leader of the Bloc Québécois
    Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party

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    (1) Hennessy, T., & Yalnizyan, A. (October 2008). Ready for Leadership:
        Canadians' Perception of Poverty. Toronto, ON. Canadian Centre for
        Policy Alternatives.
    (2) Author's calculations. Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial
        Economics Accounts, data tables catalogue 13-018-x. Table 2

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