1. Resources & Publications

    Hunger Count 2016

    In March 2016, 863,492 people received food from a food bank in Canada. This is 1.3% higher than the same period in 2015, and 28% higher than in 2008. The HungerCount report puts forward a number of policy recommendations to reduce the need for food banks, under four broad themes:...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Hunger Count 2015

    The Hunger Count report presents results from an annual study of more than 4,000 food banks and other food programs in every province and territory. This comprehensive report offers stark evidence of the realities faced by the more than 850,000 people who access food banks each month: the reality that government managed income benefits are inadequate...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Hungry for Health

    Health begins where we live, learn, work and play. Through this portal you can order a resource kit, learn more about how you can help those who cannot afford health, read stories from those struggling to afford the basics and use the social assistance calculator to better understand what it is...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Hunger Count 2014

    In a country as wealthy as Canada, close to a million people need food banks just to make ends meet each month. Why have we not seen any significant change to this situation after so many years, and after so much has been written about hunger? HungerCount 2014 uncovers the...
  5. Resources & Publications

    2012 Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative Performance Measurement Report

    The 2012 Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative Performance Measurement Report is a comparative report and does not attempt to provide an evaluation of, or explanation for, each municipality’s results. The graphs are designed to show how participating municipalities compare with each other on selected service measures. Results for 2012 are shown...
  6. Community Blog

    Social Assistance Rates in Ontario: Not Covering Basic Needs

    As a member of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network and an employee of Project SHARE in Niagara Falls, I sometimes wonder if Canadians are as compassionate as we think we are. We pride ourselves on our good manners and kindness, but then judge our neighbours who may be less fortunate...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Bethlehem Housing and Support Services Annual Report 2013-14

    Poverty and lack of affordable housing affects us all! The overall housing system and lack of affordable housing, coupled with economic and low employment conditions, affects all Niagara residents. There are some population groups that face additional challenges related to housing and supports such as seniors, new immigrants and refugees,...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Towards a Basic Income Guarantee for All Canadians

    This presentation, made by Rob Rainer to the Tamarack Institute’s Cities Reducing Poverty on February 3, 2014, reviews the rationale for a basic income, two predominant concerns, the BIG Push Campaign and apparent public support. Author: Rob Rainer, Director of the BIG Push Campaign, rob.causeworth@gmail.com Publication Date: February, 2014

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Dec
11
Mon
Building for Mental Health: Healthy Built Environments for Children and Youth @ Online
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This webinar will describe how the built environment intersects with the social environment to influence the mental health of children and youth, offering evidence and defining roles for public health .

This webinar will focus on factors in the urban built and social environments that promote child and youth mental health, and how public health can work to support these factors through upstream approaches. Content will include research that explores:

  • How positive mental health in children and youth is impacted by characteristics of the built and social environments;
  • The intersection between the built and social environments and how they impact child and youth mental health;
  • Equity-related influences within the built and social environments on child and youth mental health; and
  • The role of public health in promoting population mental health through built environment initiatives.

The goal of this webinar are to offer evidence and define roles for public health that will inform policy actions to address inequities and create healthy built environments that promote child and youth mental health. This webinar can support working towards meeting Medical Officer of Health competencies, especially “communication, collaboration, and advocacy for the public’s health”.

This webinar is hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

Dec
12
Tue
You Are How You Eat: Food, Culture, and Social Inequality @ Online
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Though the need to eat is certainly a constant, ideas about food and how we cook, eat, and share it are constantly shifting. The culture of food both reflects and help to shape our society.

For the past 20 years, interest in food — from the Food Network to an exploding restaurant culture to an increase in appreciation for home cooking — has been on the ascent. This has been buoyed by a multi-faceted “food movement” that contains everyone from farmers to chefs concerned eaters to health and food justice activists.

Though there are synergies and momentum toward progressive change building within this movement, there are also complex dynamics related to race, class, gender, and social inequality.

Sociologist Alice Julier has looked at subjects ranging from food as a vehicle for gentrification to how race, gender, and socio-economic experience reveal themselves around the dinner table.

In this webinar, Alice will dig into how inequality plays out through a variety of aspects of our current food culture.

This webinar is hosted by Community Food Centres Canada.

Leadership Niagara’s Holiday Clothing Drive in Support of the Salvation Army’s Niagara Mobile Outreach Program @ St. Catharines Club
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Help make the holidays warmer for those in need.

Join Leadership Niagara for a night of cheer and goodwill at their holiday clothing drive and help make a difference in our community!

Leadership Niagara will be collecting gently used winter items such as sleeping bags, hats, gloves, warm socks, and coats; all to be donated to the Salvation Army’s Niagara Mobile Outreach Program https://nmop.ca/, which will then distribute them to vulnerable people on the streets in the Niagara region.

If you would like to give warmth to those in need this holiday season, bring the items you wish to donate to the St. Catharines Club on Tuesday, December 12th between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM – and join friends in our community as we celebrate this season of giving.

This clothing drive is hosted by Leadership Niagara.

Dec
13
Wed
Songs from the Willow: A Music-Making Workshop Series @ Rodman Hall Art Centre
Dec 13 all-day

The Willow Community and The Niagara Song Project are proud to announce the launch of Songs From The Willow, a music-making workshop series for consumers of mental health and addiction services.

Workshops will focus on the complete process of making an “album” of music: from lyric writing, to music composing, to album packaging art, to music recording, to organizing an album release party, to social media marketing. All skills and art forms will be explored, making this a very inclusive and accessible series.

Open to the Niagara Region Community and The Willow Community’s membership, this series hopes to inspire creativity, community, empowerment, collaboration, and healing within the participants. TWC and TNSP hope to reduce the stigma that comes with mental illness and addiction recovery by showing that this distinct population can create meaningful and relevant art.

Workshops will take place at Rodman Hall Art Centre and Niagara Artists Centre in St. Catharines, and will run from December 2017 to July 2018.

This series is hosted by The Willow Community and the Niagara Song Project.

International Soup Festival @ The Robby
Dec 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Niagara Folk Arts & Multicultural Centre and experience a world of flavour!

Newcomers from the community have gathered in teams, each team will prepare a soup from their country and will share it with the public.

Each ticket is $6 and it includes 1 tasting for every soup, you can purchase tickets at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre on 85 Church Street, St. Catharines OR on Snapd.

For more information contact Claudia at crothman@folk-arts.ca or 905-685-6589 Ext. 241.

This event is hosted by Niagara Folk Arts & Multicultural Centre.

“I Am a Person with Dementia and a Person with Rights”: Learning to Practice from a Human Rights Perspective @ Online
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Participants in this webinar will:

  1. Learn an overview of the human rights’ movement in Canada, including recent developments and engagement with the United Nations
  2. Be encouraged to consider how our human rights apply to people living with a dementia
  3. Hear personal stories and case examples that illustrate common instances of discrimination and abuse of human rights that occur regularly in our health and social care systems

Presenter: Phyllis Fehr M.L.A., R.N., S.A.N.E., Advocate, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group board member, Dementia Alliance International board member

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Expanded Access to Psychotherapies: What About Income and Equity? @ Online
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Expanding access to publicly funded psychological interventions can improve mental health outcomes, quality of life, and offset costs in other areas.

As jurisdictions consider ways to expand access, issues of equity must be foundational to service models, so that access in Canada can finally be based on need rather than on income.

One in five people living in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness each year. Yet there is no universal insurance coverage for counselling, psychotherapies, and psychological services in Canada.

Join Mary Bartram, doctoral candidate at Carleton University, as she presents the findings from her research on income-based inequities in access to psychotherapy in Canada, and lessons learned from the broader equity impacts of reforms in Australia and the UK.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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