News from the Kensington-Chinatown LIP Network

The Kensington-Chinatown Local Immigration Partnership Network held two very successful online town halls this month. One on Federal Income Benefits for Working People and Seniors and the other on Affordable Housing and Long-Term Care as a Matter of Health. Each town hall had more than 120 unique participants and was conducted with multilingual simultaneous interpretation. One third of the participants in the first town hall also attended the second town hall. Interpreters for both town halls were provided by Access Alliance Multicultural Health Centre and Zoom hosting and live program coordination was provided by University Settlement. 

The town hall on Sept. 15 on Federal Income Benefits featured Deena Ladd from the Workers Action Centre and John Stapleton of Open Policy Ontario discussing what needs to happen with federal benefits programs, and we heard from 4 candidates for election in Spadina-Fort York. The town hall on September 17 featured Axelle Janczur of Access Alliance discussing housing as a social determinant of health, Helen Lee, Seniors Advocate, discussing the need for national and enforced standards for long-term care, and Bahar Shadpour from the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation discussing the commodification and financialization of rental housing vs. the right to housing. We also heard from 4 candidates running for election in University-Rosedale.

The Kensington-Chinatown LIP Network includes:

Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre

Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services

Lillian H. Smith Branch of Toronto Public Library

St. Stephen’s Community House (The Neighbourhood Group)

Scadding Court Community Centre

The Cross-Cultural Community Services Association

University Settlement