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“Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch”: Canadian Municipalities’ National Campaign Needs Your Help

The following video presents “Michael Shapcott – Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Canada November 20, 2012.”

  • Michael Shapcott is Director of Affordable Housing and Community Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, an independent, non-profit policy, research and social enterprise / innovation institute.
    • Shapcott has worked extensively in Toronto, in many parts of Canada, nationally and internationally on housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity.
      • He has worked with community and municipal officials in a dozen Canadian cities to develop local housing plans.
      • Shapcott has worked with Aboriginal housing and service providers nationally and in a number of communities to develop practical and effective strategies for Aboriginal housing under Aboriginal control.
      • He is co-author, with Jack Layton, of “Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis” (Penguin, 2008) and co-editor, with David Hulchanski, of “Finding Room: Policy Options for a Canadian Rental Housing Strategy” (CUCS Press, 2004).
    • He has worked on housing rights issues with the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
      • He is co-chair of Canada’s National Housing and Homelessness Network.
      • He is active internationally with the Habitat International Coalition and has worked with community partners on housing issues in Beijing, Istanbul and Nairobi, as well as seven U.S. cities.
  • United Nations Human Rights: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Part III, Article 11 states:
    1. The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right
  • Duration of video is 53 minutes:40 seconds.

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meeting in Ottawa (October 28, 2013), just launched the Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch campaign.

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You’re Invited: Unveiling Jack Layton Statue & New Name is Jack Layton Ferry Terminal Aug.22, 2013

Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)'s image: Unveiling of the OFL Jack Layton Statue, August 22, 2013
Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)’s image: Unveiling of the OFL Jack Layton Statue, August 22, 2013

This is an update to the previous blog Jack Layton: “Let Us be Loving, Hopeful and Optimistic.”

Jack Layton was former Leader of the Official Opposition (Canada) and the New Democratic Party, a former Toronto City Councillor and Past-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

This Thursday,  August 22, at 11:45 a.m. (remarks: 12 p.m.), the City of Toronto will honour of the late Jack Layton at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queens Quay W., in the following ways.


Jack Layton: “Let Us be Loving, Hopeful and Optimistic”

Jack Layton: "Let Us be Loving, Hopeful and Optimistic"
Jack Layton: "Let Us be Loving, Hopeful and Optimistic"

It is very sad news that The Honourable Jack Layton, Member of Parliament, Leader of the Official Opposition, lost a determined and brave battle against cancer early this morning.

Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family, relatives and friends.

Jack Layton’s most poignant words in his last letter to Canadians were:

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

The City of Toronto has condolence books available at the following locations for people to express their sympathy in memory of former City Councillor Jack Layton: