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...

Blog: Social Determinants of Health

Canada has long been considered one of the healthiest countries in the world. However, within Canada certain groups tend to be healthier than others. These health inequalities can be partially explained by the Social Determinants of Health (SDH). SDH are socio-economic factors that positively or negatively impact health. The Government of Canada...

Blog: How the pandemic affected the mental health of communities made vulnerable

With the COVID-19 response still focused on mitigating the spread of infection, treating severe cases, and ensuring the health care system does not collapse, people in Canada have coped very differently on how the virus could potentially impact their lives. Even with the existence of online support and help, these services may not necessarily...

Blog: Poverty and Women’s Incarceration in Alberta

Few may know of ESPC’s history supporting the formation of non-profits in the criminal justice sector. Although not typically an area of focus for our organization—we defer to the expertise of these partners—the social issues for which we do advocate, such as poverty, housing, and employment, are inextricably linked to the criminal justice...

Blog: The Renewed Push for a Basic Income During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Basic income is an old idea that is getting renewed and fresh attention as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic occurred, the idea was starting to gain traction. This was observed through the candidacy of Andrew Yang seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. president, the scholarship of University of Manitoba professor...

Blog: The UCP’s economic “he-covery” plan doesn’t look like Alberta

Written by: Tom Ndekezi, Summer Student Research Assistant  When Jason Kenney took to the stage in early July to announce the UCP government’s $10 billion injection into Alberta’s infrastructure in the wake of COVID-19 and falling oil prices, he did it with a video. As the camera cut to shots of Kenney’s RV tour of Southern Alberta, where he...

Poverty Issues

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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