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...

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...

Op-Ed: Alberta needs to provide more robust relief for struggling families

Note: this op-ed was first published in the Edmonton Journal on May 27, 2021 (p. A6). Written by Sydney Sheloff and Brett Lambert The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly all segments of our society, especially vulnerable and marginalized groups. Families with children have particularly felt the effects due to the back and forth between the...

fACT Sheet – COVID-19 and the Islamic Community

Introduction When lockdowns began as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA) partnered with the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) to deliver a survey on the needs of clients in the social services sector. Working collaboratively, ESPC and IFSSA prepared survey questions jointly...

Blog: Current Status Unknown: Albertan Supervised Consumption Sites in 2021

Written by Jayme Wong, ESPC Volunteer In August 2020, the busiest supervised consumption site in North America closed just two years after it opened its doors in Lethbridge, Alberta. The location, which saw a total of 444,781 visitors between January 2018 and June 2020, [1] was shut down following the release of a controversial provincial report...

The fACTivist – Spring 2021 – Focus on Race and Equity

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 focus on race and equity. Contents of articles include: • Exploring Race-Based Data Needs by Jenn Rossiter•...
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