Renfrew County has launched a Renfrew County Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee to create a county wide plan to reduce poverty. This committee was the result of the Renfrew County Poverty Reduction Forum, held in September 2015, co-hosted by the County of Renfrew, the City of Pembroke and the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN). Featured speakers included Chris Ballard, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora; Tom Cooper, Living Wage Ontario Coordinator and Director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction; Rev.
In Thunder Bay, diversity is the rallying cry for a score of organizations and Diversity Thunder Bay is where they all come together.
Diversity Thunder Bay is a coalition of representatives from multicultural agencies, First Nations groups, municipal government, educational institutions, community service organizations and concerned individuals. For almost ten years, they have been celebrating diversity to promote greater understanding and acceptance across this Northern Ontario city.
On April 15th, 2015 a group of about 50 people gathered at Sadlier House, a community hub of sorts, in Peterborough, Ontario to participate in a neighbourhood asset-mapping exercise.
Written by Jennifer Madueke, a student in the Community Worker Program at George Brown College, while on placement at OHCC.
As a student on placement at Africans in Partnership against AIDS/HIV, I had the opportunity to observe and participate in a program to increase the awareness of sexually transmitted infections among young adults and how it can be reduced. I was also involved in efforts to reduce the level of teenage pregnancy in violent and dangerous neighbourhoods.
This story was written by Yusheng Pan & Tenzin Lodoe, students in the Community Based Nursing Practice Program of Trent University, based on research and interviews with FoodShare Toronto staff in February-March 2013.
On September 28-29, 2012, OHCC celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 2-day symposium entitled "Reflections and Possibilities", held in London at the new Goodwill Centre. Seventy-five people enjoyed stimulating walking tours, key-note addresses, panel presentations and dialogue, mixed with social interaction, delicious local foods and beverages and entertainment.
The Fabric of Society Project
Written by Janet Sherbanowski
The Fabric of Society is about strength, and how we in society create our own reality and change it.
Getting Active in Perth County: The Creation of a County-wide Trail Development and Active Transportation Initiative
Perth County is getting active with the creation of a new county-wide trails and active transportation committee focused on the creation of walkable and bikeable communities and trails. The project started in 2009, when Healthy Living Perth, one of many Healthy Communities Partnerships established in Ontario, identified active transportation as priority for Perth County. Partnering with Canada Walks, Green Communities Canada, 8-80 Cities, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, they hosted four community forums with guest speaker Gil Penalosa, an active transportation expert.
With their heads in the books, most students have little time left for cooking, let alone gardening. Most students are reliant on pre-package and restaurant food and have little chance to connect to food sources, especially among students who live in the city. The Sky Garden at the University of Toronto attempts to change students’ relationship to food and to gardening. As the first Canadian campus rooftop garden, the Sky Garden provides students with an opportunity to take a break from the books, enjoy some fresh air, and grow and eat fresh organic produce.