Social Justice and Advocacy: What’s new

To learn more about Social Justice and Advocacy in the Diocese of Toronto, click here.

 

Vestry Motion 2018: Homelessness and Affordable Housing

Parishes are asked to present and consider the following motion at their annual Vestry Meetings in 2018:

Social Justice & Advocacy Vestry Motion 2018: Affordable Housing and Homelessness

All levels of government need to work together to build and sustain affordable housing. We, the vestry of [name of parish] in the Diocese of Toronto, urge the provincial government to:

  1. Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to increase and maintain the available stock of affordable housing in Ontario.
  2. Develop specific strategies to address the needs of communities and populations experiencing disproportionately high levels of inadequate housing, including members of Indigenous and racialized communities, newcomers to Canada, seniors, youth, survivors of domestic violence, and people living with mental illness or addictions.
  3. Work with the federal government to maximize the impact of the National Housing Strategy on housing in Ontario.
  4. Work with municipalities to ensure that emergency shelters are adequately funded to meet the needs of their communities.

You can read more here about housing need in our communities and our commitment as Christians to respond.  A backgrounder is in preparation and will be available by late November 2017.

Faith Buildings Energy Benchmarking Project: FREE WEBINAR

Our friends at Faith & the Common Good/Greening Sacred Spaces have received funding to do a Faith Building Energy Benchmarking Project with 100 faith communities in Toronto, York Region, and Halton Region.  Greening Sacred Spaces has worked successfully with several parishes and communities in our Diocese including St. Matthew’s, Islington, Holy Trinity, Thornhill, and the Sisters of St. John the Divine.

If your parish is in Toronto or York Region and you want to learn more, consider signing up here for the free Energy Savings Webinar on Wednesday, November 15 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Another webinar will be offered on January 24, 2018.

Click here to read how Faith & the Common Good/Greening Sacred Spaces is helping Holy Trinity, Thornhill achieve their environmental stewardship and energy saving goals.

Archbishop Colin Johnson responds to 2017 Ontario Budget

You can read Archbishop Colin’s response to the new provincial budget and the recently-announced changes to employment standards and the minimum wage, here.

You can read the Diocese’s submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs regarding Bill 148 (The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017) here.

Updated Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle

The Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle has been updated for use in your parish and ministries for the 2016-2017 liturgical year. You can download this resource below

 

To learn more, or to get involved, please contact Elin Goulden, Social Justice & Advocacy Consultant, at egoulden@toronto.anglican.ca or by phone at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932), extension 240.