Food systems organizations work brings together planners, community organizers, public health professionals, food producers, distributors and other food champions to transform food systems through direct action in communities, and collective action across organizations and regions. Many regions across Ontario have identified a fundamental challenge: moving from collaboration to action within their region.
This research will look at existing and possible innovations that would make municipal bylaw enforcement and adjudication in Saskatchewan more accessible, effective and efficient and would reduce the involvement of the formal court system. This may build on the example of regional co-operation offered by the Municipal Bylaw Court in Kindersley, and it may include ways to adjudicate bylaw prosecutions outside of the court system. Any proposed solutions will be suitable for the Saskatchewan context, and any necessary changes to Saskatchewan legislation will be specifically identified.
The Nshwaasnangong Child Care and Family Centre in partnership with Western University and CityStudio London provide an internship opportunity for a Western University graduate student to research, what the tensions and debates are when establishing an early learning and child care framework from an Indigenous perspective.
Since 1979, Canadians have used the Private Sponsorship of Refugee (PSR) program to sponsor and resettle refugees in their communities. One of the roles community-based refugee resettlement volunteers play is helping newcomers find work or set up a small business. Research indicates that community-sponsored refugees make a faster and more resilient economic transition, but we don’t know why.
Substance use significantly impacts the health and health care of many people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), especially those dealing with additional medical, psychosocial, and economic complications. The need for comprehensive care for this population is particularly important given the current opioid overdose crisis in Canada. In response, harm reduction (HR) services (e.g., supervised injection, naloxone training, etc.) have been implemented to reduce drug-related deaths and harms. However, such services are typically not provided within hospitals/outpatient programs.
In 2018, the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) identified that there were high levels of emotional exhaustion and among medical radiation technologists. Research has shown that such burnout can lead to significant personal implications, reduced quality of patient care, and can have financial implications for organizations due to absenteeism and low job satisfaction.4–7 There are significant gaps in the literature surrounding the mental health of MRTs and a lack of resources to support them.
Medication abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol has the potential to advance women’s access to safe and geographically accessible abortion care. Improved access to medication abortion protects women’s right to health and supports women's autonomy and agency. However, the over-regulation of mifepristone in much of the Global North has muted the promise of this pill-based regimen of abortion care.
Social Enterprise is a catalyst for social and economic empowerment and inclusion, and has been identified as an innovative opportunity to address workforce challenges and economic sustainability in Southwestern Newfoundland.
The mental well-being of youth is critical at a personal, familial, and societal level. The rise of mental illness, addictions, and suicide in youth, especially among those living in low- and middle-income countries, is of significant concern. Our global health team at the University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has focused on providing mental health and positive development curriculums for transitional youth in collaboration with international and local partners.
Federal and provincial governments use the tax system to establish eligibility and deliver benefits and credits to low-income Canadians. Low-income Canadians experience increased barriers to filing their taxes and thus do not maximize available benefits. This is likely to have worsened as free in-person tax clinics closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic or only provide services virtually and as a result become inaccessible for individuals who lack technology and internet access.