Ring the doorbell and come on in!

Jun 26 2013

Join over 60,000 Ontarians and show support for affordable housing. Kitchener is the next stop for the Housing Opens Doors Ontario tour.

Thursday June 27th, 2013
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Speakers at 12:30 pm
Kitchener City Hall Civic Square
(indoors in the rotunda in the event of rain)

Follow us on twitter #housingopensdoors and on facebook #housingopens.

Social Justice Tribunals of Ontario Consultations

Jun 16 2013

The Social Justice Tribunal of Ontario (SJTO) has invited community input on the new common rules of procedure and practice directions for the SJTO. Members of the Poverty Free KW Action Group have met to discuss whether the consultation process and time frame provided a meaningful opportunity for public feedback on the rules governing the legal process and representation before the STJO. Read the submission here.

Is The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities?

Jun 12 2013

The Kitchener-Waterloo Disabilities and Human Rights Group has sent a letter to the Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, outlining their concerns with the AODA review process. The group has asked the provincial government to move forward with the independent review to assess whether the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act is working effectively to meet the needs of Ontarians with disabilities.

Annual General Meeting and Housing Opens Doors

May 30 2013

Housing Opens Doors Display welcomes you from 9 am to 6 pm on June 27th at the Kitchener Civic Square, thanks to the collaborative set up by the Ontario Non Profit Housing Association, the Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group, and the Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo.

The Annual General Assembly community update and business meeting of the Social Planning Council will start at 12 noon at the Kitchener City Hall.

Mayor's Challenge Kick Off

May 29 2013

As part of its 20th season, Festival of Neighbourhoods is asking citizens of Kitchener to share stories about what their neighbourhood means to them. The Mayor’s Challenge Contest kicks off the Summer Festival of Neighbourhoods Season, asks simply that you submit a story in the medium of your choice, and the winning entry author and his/her neighbours will win a walking tour with the Mayor!

Find us this weekend at the Tremaine Park Charity BBQ and Animate the Trail events to learn more, or do not lose another moment to read through the contest details and the submission form!

Summer Student Position with the Festival of Neighbourhoods Team

May 22 2013

Are you passionate about community? Do you like to play? Have you an ear for storytelling? Apply for the most exciting summer job in town by 4 pm on Monday June 3, 2011!

Speaking Up and Stepping Up Video

May 21 2013

Panel presentation inviting to speak up and step up to eliminate homelessness in Waterloo Region, held during the Homelessness Awareness Week, May 7th 2013, at the Kitchener City Hall. If you wish to see the individual panel presentations, go to our YouTube Channel - KWSocialPlanning.

Response to the 2013 Ontario Budget

May 16 2013

The Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group has had an opportunity to review the Budget released May 2nd by the Ontario Government. Of particular interest were budget items related to poverty reduction and social assistance system changes. In general, the Budget language and tone suggest that the Government is attempting to address significant poverty and economic inequality issues in a respectful and non-stigmatising way. However, the details of the Budget fall short of real economic gains for those who are most vulnerable in our communities.

Marigold Park Grand Opening at Topper Woods

May 10 2013

Marigold Park was the happiest place in the whole large Topper Woods! The grand opening of the park was celebrated on May 10th, with the red ribbon cut and a cake! Festival of Neighbourhoods bunch enjoyed telling stories of before and after, and how the weeds and shrubs turned to the most lively patch of green for young and old equally.

2013 Social Action and Justice Award Winner is Hannah Wynen!

May 8 2013

The 16th Annual Kitchener Youth Action Council (KYAC) Awards were held in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall May 1st, 2013. Fahima Anwar, President of the Socila Planning Council Kitchener-Waterloo Board of Directors, and Nathan Pike, Secretary presented the Social Action and Justice Award on behalf of the Social Planning Council.

This year’s winner is an exceptional youth who, even at her young age, has impacted many lives in our community.