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•...

Blog: Poverty in Canada: A Progress Report

Introduction One in nine Canadians lives in poverty—or 11% of the overall population. That's according to the latest (and first) report from the National Advisory Council on Poverty. The good news is that this rate is trending downwards. The bad news is that other poverty indicators, such as food security, unmet housing needs, and low literacy,...

Blog: Low Income Single Adults: How stereotypes can make us forget people

Introduction Recent attention has been given to low-income single adults, describing them as the “forgotten poor.” More people are living as singles—as a share of the population, single people have grown from 9% in 1981 to 14% in 2016. Despite Canada-wide anti-poverty measures, many single adults are struggling to meet their basic needs. A recent...

fACT Sheet — 2021 Alberta Provincial Budget

Introduction The 2021–22 Budget, titled Protecting Lives and Livelihoods, covers the time period April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022. This is the third budget of the governing United Conservative Party (UCP) as they enter the halfway point of their term. It is also the first budget that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, which has upended the lives...

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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...

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Food Bank 2019

Global TV Edmonton features the start to the Edmonton Food Bank 2019 Campaign and Sandra Ngo, from the Edmonton Social Planning Council provides some valuable insight

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Susan Morrissey

Susan Morrissey

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Rowan El-Bialy

Rowan El-Bialy

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Sydney Sheloff

Sydney Sheloff

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Brett Lambert

Brett Lambert

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Justine Basilan

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