February 9, 2014 by

A Documentary
This 15-minute documentary highlights and raises awareness among policy makers, service providers, and the general public, of the existence and impacts of homelessness and poverty in Peel Region.
In 2006, of the 359,040 households in Peel, just under 15%, or 167,000 persons, were living in poverty, among them 17,962 children under the age of six. Peel’s poverty rate had gone up from 11% or 115,000 persons in 2001.
Now in 2010, Peel has 13,500 households on the waiting list for social housing, and residents may wait 21 years, the longest wait list and the longest wait in Ontario. On the plus side, Peel now has about 600 affordable housing units in the planning or building stage.
The definition of homelessness used in the Spaces and Places documentary is: “An extreme form of poverty characterized by inadequate housing, income and social supports. People defined as homeless include those who are absolutely homeless (temporary, intermittent or ongoing), as well as those who are at risk of homelessness (under-housed). The absolutely homeless may be living in shelters, outdoors in public or semi-public spaces, with friends or relatives (couch surfing). Those who are ‘at risk’ of homelessness may be precariously housed, living in hotels, rooming houses or apartments, and transitional housing, but may potentially lose their housing due to eviction, inadequate income or because they are fleeing violence” (York University Ethics Guidelines for Conducting Research with People who are Homeless, Nov 4, 2008).
The focus of the documentary on the spaces and places of homelessness proves that homelessness really exists in Peel. The film helps us to understand the political conditions that contribute to homelessness, and the lasting impacts of being homeless on individuals, families, and communities. The individual stories demonstrate some of the complexities that lead to and keep people homeless in Peel.
The documentary, Spaces and Places, draws attention to issues of social justice and the need for change for those who live in poverty and are homeless.
What can concerned citizens do to alleviate and eventually end homelessness in Peel? Dialogue and discussion about homelessness and poverty in Peel are a necessary first step. This DVD will travel to wherever there is an audience: classrooms, community events, conferences, boardrooms, churches, municipal councils, business organizations, service clubs.
Among the points Peel Poverty Action Group and its supporters want to make is that housing in the Region of Peel is to a great extent under the control of the councils of the City of Brampton, the City of Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon.
Talk to your councillors about planning for affordable housing. Talk to your federal MP about the Canadian government investing in affordable housing. And talk to your provincial MPP at Queen’s Park not only about providing social housing, affordable housing, but also about giving Peel Region a fair share of funding for mental health.
The Spaces and Places documentary and research project is a collaborative effort with Peel Poverty Action Group (PPAG), Social Planning Council of Peel (SPC Peel) and some faculty members in the School of Nursing, Critical Disability Studies and Faculty of Education at York University. Funding for this project was provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

• Ontario Trillium Foundation
• Peel Poverty Action Group
• Social Planning Council of Peel
• York University

Research/Production Team
• Nancy Halifax, M.A. & Ph.D Programs in Critical Disability Studies, York University
• Gail Mitchell, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, York University
• Isolde Daiski, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, York University
• Stephen Gaetz, Faculty of Education & The Homeless Hub
• Leslie Morris, Health Promoter, Community Resource Connections of Toronto
• Andre Lyn, Project Coordinator, Social Planning Council Peel
• Julia Gruson-Wood, M.A. Candidate in the M.A. & Ph.D Programs in Critical Disabilities Studies, York University

Director of Photography
• Jorge Manzano, M.F.A. Candidate (Film), York University

Supporting Cameras
• Alexis Mitchell, M.F.A. Candidate (Film), York University
• Fred Yurichuck, MES, York University

• Fred Yurichuck, MES, York University

• Joanne Bigham

Community Support & Outreach
• Laurie Hicks, Program Manager, Regeneration Community Outreach
• Daniel Cullen, Anti-poverty, Anti-Homelessness Advocate, Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre (BNRC)
• Ontario Works, Peel Region
• Knight’s Table
• John Howard Society, Brampton
• Grace United Church, Brampton
• St. Paul’s United Church, Brampton
• Greg
• Nikki
• Barry

Select Images Provide By:
• Region of Peel

• Robot Repair Bootleg, The Beekeepers Society, Beta Eyes Met, Girls & the Machine

Peel Housing & Homelessness Facts
• 1,159,405 people living in 359,040 households in Peel in 2006
• 167,000 persons in private households or 15% living in poverty in 2006, up from 115,000 or 11% in 2001
• 17,962 children under 6 years of age lived in poverty in 2006
• 15,000 social housing units in Peel, of which 50% (between 7,600 and 8,000 units) are subsidized
• 13,500 households currently on the social housing wait list, with up to 21 years wait time, the longest wait list in Ontario
• 2,100 rental units were lost between 1997 and 2007
• 11,500 families (including 3,400 youth) used homeless shelters in 2007
• An individual working 40 hours per week at minimum wage would have to pay 50% of their gross salary for an average bachelor unit in Peel
• 32% of households in Peel are spending 30% or more of their income on housing in 2006
• 19% of tenants are spending more than half of their income on rent, which often results in the choice between food and paying rent
Peel Strategies to Address Affordable Housing & Homelessness
Building on their 2005 Strategic Review to address the root causes of poverty in Peel and in response to the Places to Grow Legislation, the Region of Peel in consultation with key stakeholders, has developed a housing strategy framework. This framework identified four goals on which to build a successful housing strategy:
• Adequate and diverse housing supply
• Affordable housing supply
• Housing access and housing options for unique and special needs groups
• Sustainable compact and complete communities

The Housing Strategy defines objectives as well as actions to work towards meeting these goals.

Peel Poverty Action Group

or phone (905) 826-5041

2013 in review

December 31, 2013 by

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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2012 in review

December 8, 2013 by

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

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September 4, 2013 by

Cancer Care Ontario is looking for volunteers who have been through the cancer journey, or have experience of caring for those who have, to advise on approaches to cancer sufferers and carers.
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en francais


September 2, 2013 by

Youth age 13-24 learn leadership, team work, public speaking, and earn volunteer hours. Monthly meetings.

Newcomer Information Centre
Community Door
7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601 #100
Brampton ON L6Y 4M3

Phone 905 677-0007 X 5253
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August 1, 2013 by

Peel Aboriginal Network will help you prepare your child for school.
Talk, Read, Play, Sing
Click for info

Help is available to eligible families for care of children 0 – 12 years.
Find out if you qualify

Wednesdays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
130 Mineola Road East
(Hurontario and Mineola)
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DATE ORDER — events listed by date

July 31, 2013 by


Filing your taxes can be a daunting task if you don’t know how to prepare your return. Free income tax clinics are here to help. Make an appointment today!

Tuesdays, April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29
Where: Heartland, A Church Connected (10-145 Traders Blvd, Mississauga)
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

To be eligible you must meet certain income requirements:
Single Person: $30,000 or less
Couple: $40.000 or less
Single Parent: $35,000 or less
Add $2,500 per additional dependant.
Volunteers can help you prepare your income tax and benefit return if you have low income and a simple tax situation. Volunteers are not employees or volunteers of the Canada Revenue Agency. Please remember to bring all your tax slips and forms with you including your previous year’s notice of assessment.
To make an appointment, please contact the church office at 905-568-4696 or Email
Click for poster Free tax clinic full sheet

Invitation to set up a Free Information Booth
for service providers to new Canadian women and families
Please register by April 15, 2014
Email to register
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 31 May, 2014
Syeda Khadija Centre
7150 Edwards Boulevard
Mississauga ON L5S 1Z1

Services offered can include family and social services, children’s services, senior services, health services, literacy (computer and ESL) and neighborhood safety and law enforcement.

Sewing/Knitting Club
with Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. every Monday

Community Room- Sheridan Centre
2225 Erin Mills Pkwy
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Join the NIC Youth Advisory
Join the Brampton South Youth Advisory. We meet every other Thursday 4:30 – 6 p.m. Looking for newcomer youth between 13-24

· Plan events and activities for newcomer families and the community

· Learn and develop skills such as leadership, teamwork, public speaking, fundraising and more

· Meet new friends

· Build your network for the future

· Be ready for the real world of work!

· Earn your volunteer hours for school

7700 Hurontario Street Unit 601 suite 100
Community Door (Hurontario at Ray Lawson)
Brampton ON L6Y 4M3

For more information click here


Winter Registration Now Open for “Her Life Her Canvas” in Mississauga

Spaces are now open in Mississauga for “Her Life Her Canvas: Survivors supporting Survivors” Winter sessions 2014. This is an eight-week Expressive Art Healing Program for women 18 and older who have experienced any type of violence and who wish to use art as a tool to heal. There is no cost for the program and no prior art experience is necessary.

Some additional forms of art we will consider adding to the Winter program include Chinese Ink Painting, Martial Arts and Henna.

Phone for more information (416) 526-4841
For more informationclick here

Square One Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services presents
Free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair
Thursday, 20 March, 2014, Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, 21 March, 2014, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

at Square One Older Adult Centre
(inside Square One Shopping Centre, between Hudson’s Bay and Bank of Montreal)
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Youth – 10 for 10 Extreme Volunteering – Mississauga 

June 19, 2013 by

The YMCA of Greater Toronto invites youth to engage in a 10-day challenge in 10 fun things for 10 hours of volunteer hours with the YMCA, and to connect with other volunteer opportunities.  
Ideal for a summer Experience.  
Ideal for students looking for volunteer hours for school or for other mandatory circumstances.
151 City Centre Drive,
Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1M7
Contact Lurie Carrera 905-276-9322 ext. 228

Adults struggling with Hurts, Habits, Hang-ups

March 1, 2013 by

Celebrate Recovery (12-Step support groups for men and women serious about their recovery)
Every Friday  7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Church Building, 3173 Cawthra Road, Mississauga
Free registration / Free child care
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery Ministry is fellowship and to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery principles.  This experience allows us to “be changed”, and grow spiritually.  We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviours.  This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most important, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
Contact:  Cecil Mitchell (Pastor) Phone 416-576-6036 and Tina Mitchell (Pastor) 416-570-6536


January 7, 2013 by

YMCA – Youth Substance Abuse Program

151 City Centre Drive., Suite 800, Mississauga, L5B 1M7
(close to Square One)

Drop-In: EVERY Thursday from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Phone 905 276-9329 ext. 216 to make an appointment

You can invite the Youth Substance Abuse Program to discuss needle exchange with your organization. Contact: Stephanie Ruston, phone 905 276-9322 X 243 or cell 647 961-8859 or email
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