LONDON, ON, March 2 – Members of the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal housing providers and housing industry professionals will come together at a forum on March 6 to exchange ideas and share best practices.
The London Aboriginal Housing Forum will highlight Aboriginal housing initiatives from across Canada and address opportunities and solutions for providing Aboriginal housing and related services.
For further information: Beth Bailey, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Tel: (416) 218-3355; Louise Stevens, Director, Municipal Housing, City of London, Housing Division, Tel: (519) 661-2500 ext. 5727
TORONTO, March 2 – The Health Council of Canada commends the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) for its important work in helping define the current and projected toll diabetes has and will take on Canadians and their health care system.
The ICES study by lead researcher Lorraine Lipscombe, published this week in The Lancet, helps define the scope of the challenges Canada faces from an aging, changing population more vulnerable to chronic diseases such as diabetes.
So how should Canada respond to that challenge? How can we improve our ability to prevent and manage chronic disease?
OTTAWA, March 2 – On February 28, 2007, Canada delivered its statement to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), the United Nations body responsible for promoting the equality of women and girls, and monitoring the implementation of international agreements and commitments to women’s equality, including the Beijing Platform for Action. The focus of this year’s UNCSW is the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against girls.
Canada’s statement to the UNCSW is our country’s report to the international community. Canada has a history of strong leadership in advancing women’s equality on the international front, but the statement issued on Feburary 28, 2007 clearly shows we are backtracking as a country and as an international leader.
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2007
Ministry of Forests and Range and
Minister responsible for Housing
VICTORIA – A proposal call to establish new off-reserve Aboriginal housing was issued today by Minister responsible for Housing Rich Coleman and Aboriginal Housing Management Association President Margaret Pfoh.
“A disproportionate number of off-reserve Aboriginal people are homeless,” said Coleman. “Today’s proposal call will lead to safe, secure housing and improve living conditions for Aboriginal people and their families.”
The proposal call is entitled the Aboriginal Housing Initiative (AHI). It invites Aboriginal non-profit societies to help build new, affordable housing off-reserve. The proposal call is being offered in partnership between the province and the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA).
OTTAWA – A Liberal government is one that would reverse many of the harmful cuts made by the Conservatives that have devastated the lives of Canada’s most vulnerable, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion told a Halifax audience today.
“Liberals care about the equality of opportunity for all Canadians and a federal government should be there to help realize that equality,” Mr. Dion said at the North Dartmouth Community Centre.
“The current Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t share that vision. His vision is of a government that walks away from its responsibilities and lets Canadians fend for themselves.”
Pointing to the challenges facing Canadians in the 21st century – changing career patterns, the growing gap between rich and poor, an aging population and an ever-growing immigrant population – Mr. Dion said the need for social justice is more important then ever.
TORONTO, March 2 – The 29th annual International Women’s Day March and Rally will be held in Toronto on March 10 to highlight the ongoing fight for women’s rights, equality, justice and peace.
“This rally and march will bring together thousands of concerned citizens who are speaking out on the need for an increase in the minimum wage to $10 per hour, an end to violence against women, the need for a national childcare program and an end to war,” said IWD co-chair Carolyn Egan.
The rally will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) Auditorium located at 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto. The march gets underway at 1 p.m. from the OISE building.
A fair and workshops will also be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 55 Gould Street (Ryerson Student Centre). All events are free.
Ministry of the Attorney General
Ministère du Procureur général
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2007
Invests More Than $20 Million In New Funding To Help Victims
TORONTO — The McGuinty government is taking immediate action to address the Ombudsman’s report on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today that he will be appointing the Chief Justice of Ontario, Roy McMurtry, to forge a new framework for victim support and compensation following broad-based consultation. The government is also providing additional funding to the CICB, and creating new government programs for victims of crime.
“I am so pleased the Chief Justice has agreed to take on this important role immediately upon his retirement from the bench this May,” said Bryant. “I can’t think of a more suitable leader to help us overhaul the compensation system to improve victim services.”
TORONTO, March 2 – Evidence has shown that when families are involved in addiction and mental health care, patients do better. Family Week at CAMH acknowledges the contributions of families to the recovery of their loved ones and to the entire mental health and addiction system.
Date: March 5, 2007
Time: opening ceremony will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen Street West (CAMH)
Lee Maracle, one of Canada’s most prolific aboriginal authors, is the University of Guelph’s writer-in-residence for the winter semester. She will be giving a free public reading from her 2002 novel, Daughters are Forever, March 7 at 4 p.m. in Massey Hall, Room 100.
Maracle wrote her first poem the day she learned to read and knew by the time she was 10 that we wanted to recreate myths. “That makes me a myth maker in my own culture and a fiction writer in other cultures,” she said. “It’s always been my goal not to translate, but to get the same feeling – from the sounds, rhythm and interplay of words and image – in the English version as I do when I hear the original story.”
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to announce a “Request For Proposals” (RFP) for the 2007/ 2008 Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre (UMAYC) Initiative, funded through the Department of Canadian Heritage. The goal of the UMAYC Initiative is to improve the economic, social and personal prospects of urban Aboriginal youth through the delivery of culturally relevant activities and projects.
In order to best deliver the UMAYC Initiative, completed UMAYC RFP applications are reviewed by the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council (MNOYC) in cooperation with the Provincial Youth Services Coordinator. The MNOYC make the appropriate recommendations and together they determine which proposals best fit the guiding UMAYC principles, and adhere to the criteria set by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Please note, it is the primarily the youth who will be the evaluating the proposals, for this reason, it is recommended that you have youth involvement in preparing the project application prior to submission.