Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo and the Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group have joined other cross provincial campaigns and delivered their pre-budget submissions to the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Our hope is that the 2013 provincial budget recognizes and reflects the need for investment in income security supported in numerous community conversations.
Poverty Free Ontario issued a statement and a Six Point Plan for a Good Faith Start to a social justice agenda.
Resolution for 2013 forum report is launched today at the Poverty Free Ontario assembly of 20 communities, setting a social justice agenda to eradicate poverty in Ontario. The intention of the January 19th Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo forum was to further define what successful social assistance reform would be, both at the system level, and in people's daily lives. Read more about the guidelines for developing local criteria for monitoring the outcomes of the reform success and join future conversations with Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group.
The new E-Neighbour is out, introducing this year's theme "20 Years of Celebrating Neighbours!". We wish to share our pride in what we have accomplished together, and to take a look ahead into the year, announcing exciting initiatives and activities. Expecting your Early Bird registrations before the next deadline on March 31st for all the activities organized since October 2012!
The Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is seeking a Resource Development Manager to assist with the first year of a longer term project to operationalize a resource development plan for the organization. Deadline for applications is Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:00 noon.
The Ontario Building Code regulates all new construction and major renovations in buildings. The right accessibility requirements will make sure that no new barriers are created.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing asked for public input on the Building Code Accessibility Requirements. View the submission of the Social Planning Council Kitchener-Waterloo.
People passionate about democratic renewal, environmental sustainability and economic equality, came together at the forum "What Drives Your Community Action?" on February 20th and articulated common principles behind individual activism: Equality, Future legacy, Compassion, Community of voices. Share the moments of discovery through photos taken at the First United Church in Waterloo and watch the video recording of the panel presentations.
Kitchener Festival of Neighbourhoods 20th season has awarded it's first Early Bird, Alpine Community Neighbourhood, who has registered a Free Skate Day activity in December 2012. This winter activity has brought the summer time prize from Grand River Inflatables and Games, our new year round sponsor. Register often and you will bring fun to your neighbourhood gatherings!
For Immediate Release:
4 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Community leaders and groups across Ontario calling on the new Premier for action on a social justice agenda to improve the living conditions of more than 1.6 million Ontarians living in poverty were offered faint hope in today’s Speech from the Throne. Reference to recommendations for social assistance reform by Commissioners Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh did not even make the Summary of Highlights posted at the front end of the speech.
The Executive Director of the SocialPlanning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is one of the recipients of the medal for the outstanding contribution to Canada, particularly as a community builder and a member of the non-profit sector organization in Ontario. The recognition came through a Waterloo Award 2012 recipient, Narine Sookram, who is awarding a number of Medals to those who are making a difference in Ontario.