Vaccinating Black Toronto: pop-up clinic of the Black Health Vaccine Initiative, a collaboration between the Black Physicians Association of Ontario (BPAO) and a number of local organizations servicing the GTA’s Black community

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives

The outsized impact of COVID-19, married with lower rates of vaccination in the Black community, mean that it has been much more difficult to manage the spread of the disease within a population that is already marginalized. Saturday’s event was an amalgamation of information session and vaccination clinic, and by the end of the weekend, the group had administered 2,231 doses. While planning for more pop-up clinics, the BPAO is continuing to run a standing vaccination clinic in partnership with Taibu Community Health Centre in Scarborough and other community allies. BPAO physicians have successfully vaccinated about 250 people per day at that location, coming up to a total of about 2,350 vaccinations before last weekend’s event at the JCA.

OpenSidewalks.com is a platform to map pedestrian paths, like sidewalks for accessibility, in ways that users can understand detailed attributes like width, surface composition, steepness, and shared traffic.

General: Sector resources | La mobilité et le transport | Les parcs et l’espace public

OpenSidewalks leverages collaborative collection and sharing of data in OpenStreetMap, an open database of geographic information. OpenSidewalks is led by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) at the University of Washington, whose mission is to develop and deploy technologies that improve quality of life for people with disabilities.

Reclaim Your Campus is a toolkit for students or individuals seeking to organize to bar enforcement agencies from entering their campus or community spaces.

General: Sector resources | Général : Communautés et réseaux en ligne | Général : Outils de mobilisation | Youth

Reclaim Your Campus is a movement of students seeking to reclaim control of their campuses. Institutions cannot continue to ignore and harm the students who finance, occupy, support, create, subsidize, and fortify them. The Reclaim Your Campus movement encompases both the De-ICE Your Campus Initiative and the Cops Off Campus Initiative, which was inspired by the work of Jael Kerandi, the co-author of the Cops Off Campus initiative, and other student organizers at the University of Minnesota.

The City of Mississauga is conducting six consultation sessions with Black communities to generate greater insights into their lived experiences, challenges and opportunities to create a more inclusive and accessible City and Region.

Général : Outils de mobilisation | Le leadership politique

These consultations have been derived from Council Resolution 207 passed in June 2020 in an effort to address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, which have been identified as historic, pervasive, institutional and systemic issues in Mississauga that must be addressed. As part of Resolution 207, the Mayor established a Black Caucus composed of Black community members who are an advisory body working with the Mayor on issues pertaining to the Black community in addressing racism, discrimination and systemic changes in Mississauga.

Seizing the Moment: concrete ideas for building back better from the pandemic.

General: Sector resources | La mobilité et le transport | Le leadership politique | Le logement et l’itinérance

Some propose ideas in bills already filed with the Legislature, while others are still taking shape and may need refinement before moving forward. There’s also some productive tension across proposals, giving readers an opportunity to weigh them against each other. Ultimately, though, they share a common goal – foregrounding justice and equity and ensuring that our region is more resilient when the next crisis hits.

CHANGING FACES of GREATER BOSTON: An in-depth look at how the opportunities and challenges of rapidly changing demographics are playing out in the region today

A collaboration between Boston Indicators, the UMass Donahue Institute, the four free-standing research institutes at UMass Boston dedicated to the major communities of color (the Trotter Institute, the Gastón Institute, the Institute for Asian American Studies and the Institute for New England Native American Studies) and faculty from UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School.

The City of Toronto has partnered with service providers to offer transportation services for people who need support to get to vaccination appointments.

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives

Transportation options are available to people with disabilities, those 55 years old and older, and others who are frail or have underlying conditions which make them at greater risk from COVID-19 and/or render them unable to safely access other modes of transportation.

This program is intended for those who have no other options for transportation to vaccination appointments.

Black on the Prairies: A CBC project

Les arts et la culture | L’apprentissage et l’éducation

What does it mean to be Black in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba? The Prairies, like the rest of the country, were gripped by the rallying cry of “Black Lives Matter.” That conversation revealed a mutual desire to share the fullness of Black life on the Prairies. These stories are vital and urgent, especially during what the United Nations has labelled the International Decade for People of African Descent.This project does not position the Prairies as Black ancestral territory or homelands. To be Black on the Prairies is to be part of a colonial legacy that begins on the ancestral lands of the First Nations and Métis people of this region. We aim to recognize Black and Indigenous peoples’ shared histories and affirm our ongoing relationships. Through five themes — MigrationPutting in WorkBlack and Indigenous RelationsPolitics and Resistance, and Black to the Future — this project places Black people’s experiences at the centre of the Prairie narrative.

BIKEPOC group working to make Toronto’s cycling community more welcoming to under-represented groups

La mobilité et le transport

BIKEPOC partners with local community bike groups like Charlie’s FreeWheels and Bike Chain to build and repair donated bikes. They completed 20 bike matches last year, getting bikes in the hands of women, children and people of colour.

City program aims to increase digital equity and access to affordable high-speed internet in Toronto

La santé publique | Le leadership politique | L’isolation sociale

The City of Toronto is introducing ConnectTO – a City-driven collaborative program that aims to leverage the use of municipal resources and assets to help bridge the increasing digital divide by expanding access to affordable, high-speed internet to underserved Toronto residents.

City of Toronto’s Black Community COVID-19 Response Plan to provide enhanced support for Black Torontonians

Général : Outils de mobilisation | La santé publique | Le leadership politique

Developed as part of the TO Supports: Targeted Equity Action Plan and in response to data released in late 2020 that revealed the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in Toronto (26 per cent) and vaccine hesitancy experienced by Canadians (about 30 per cent) were among Black people of African and Caribbean descent.

To help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and effectively address the issues around vaccine trust and confidence within Black communities, the City has partnered with community agencies to provide COVID-19 health and safety awareness in Black communities and work with experts to prepare for and support immunization.

The City of Edmonton is using social innovation to improve Edmonton’s Urban Wellness

CUIxLocal | CUIxYEG (Edmonton) | Général : Outils de mobilisation | La santé mentale | Les Autochtones

The City has been working with residents, businesses, agencies and government to develop a ‘Recover’ approach to improve urban wellness. Urban wellness includes economy vitality, social capacity, physical and mental health, built and natural environments. Bringing all kinds of people together, from businesses to residents to talk about their lived experiences, is not easy;If we can ensure the right systems are in place, we can promote and sustain conditions for people and neighbourhoods to thrive.

We use a social innovation framework which allows for constant learning, testing and adapting ideas, while considering their cumulative impact.  This isn’t about replacing existing strategies, programs or services. It’s about testing small solutions to improve urban wellness and finding ways to align and collaborate across different orders of government, agencies, local businesses and the community.

In Edmonton, outdoor library services set up for homeless

La santé publique | Le leadership politique | Le logement et l’itinérance | Les parcs et l’espace public

The Edmonton Public Library is taking some of its operations outside to give the city’s homeless a place to read books and magazines, use a laptop computer or participate in adult classes. Called EPL on the Square, the pilot project has three designated areas in Sir Winston Churchill Square for outdoor library services. The initiative is a collaboration between EPL and the City of Edmonton, was launched five days after the Edmonton EXPO Centre closed as a temporary drop-in day shelter. The city, social agencies and the province have been working on a plan to find hundreds of physically distanced spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic since the EXPO closed.

Toronto Public Library to offer free WiFi in two parks The city is teaming with the library to give residents free internet access in neighbourhoods hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

Le leadership politique | Les parcs et l’espace public

The week-long pilot project Wi-Fi on Wheels begins on August 4. The Toronto Public Library’s bookmobile will travel to two parks in areas hit hard by the pandemic and provide free internet during the afternoon. Anyone can bring their own device to the park to connect or temporarily use a city device. City devices will be sanitized between use and staff will assess users to ensure they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Toronto Public Health data shows that the northwest parts of the city are being most affected during the coronavirus pandemic. As of the weekend, the Jane and Finch and Rexdale areas had 511 and 496 cases, respectively.

Recommandations stratégiques : l’équité de la race, du risque et de la main-d’œuvre dans l’économie du coronavirus

Le leadership politique

Pour remédier aux inégalités mises en évidence dans cette analyse et jeter les bases d’une reprise équitable, les décideurs doivent protéger les travailleurs en assurant des conditions sûres et des protections adéquates et en améliorant la rémunération et la qualité des emplois à bas salaires; soutenir les travailleurs disloqués par le biais de soutiens directs et de programmes ciblés de formation professionnelle et de placement; et planifier un changement de paysage économique à la suite du ralentissement de la pandémie. Recommandations stratégiques incluses ici.

The All-In Cities Toolkit part of « All-In Cities initiative » of PolicyLink to accelerate the work of government leaders and community advocates to advance racial economic inclusion and equitable growth

General: Sector resources | Le leadership politique

The All-In Cities Toolkit offers actionable strategies that advocates and policymakers can use to advance racial equity. Each tool contains information on important policy considerations, who can implement it, and examples of where it is working.

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health collects COVID resources related to health equity and the social determinants of health that are of relevance to Canadian public health.

General: Sector resources | La santé publique

Updated regularly, this site includes links to webinars, organizations, publications and tools.

First Book Canada lance une campagne pour livrer 1 million de livres aux familles à faible revenu pendant la pandémie de COVID-19

Collecte de fonds et bénévolat | Les arts et la culture

Parmi les éditeurs canadiens qui ont engagé des livres au programme, mentionnons Kids Can Press, Penguin Random House Canada, HarperCollins Canada, Breakwater Books, Simon et Schuster Canada et Inhabit Media. Des dons sont également faits par des distributeurs comme Raincoast Books and Publishers Group Canada et le Centre canadien du livre pour enfants.

Hamilton convertira les centres de rec en refuges d’auto-isolement COVID-19 pour les sans-abri

Le leadership politique | Le logement et l’itinérance

La Ville s’efforce également de s’assurer que les points d’accueil existants disposent des ressources nécessaires pour rester ouverts. Les nouveaux sites d’auto-isolement « en arrêt de dos » n’accepteront que les résidents sans abri qui sont dirigés par des responsables du refuge, des médecins ou des autorités hospitalières. Cela signifie que la ville ne publiera pas publiquement les emplacements du centre de récréation.

Ruckify s’associe à Centraide pour connecter les personnes vulnérables à la technologie pendant la pandémie COVID-19

Les entreprises locales | L’isolation sociale

L’entreprise d’Ottawa demande au public de faire un don ou de louer des articles inutilisés comme des tablettes, des téléphones intelligents, des webcams et des ordinateurs portables, afin qu’ils puissent entrer entre les mains de ceux qui en ont besoin. Ruckify fournira le ramassage et la livraison des articles. Les articles seront désinfectés lorsqu’ils seront ramassés et déposés, et il sera assuré pour les dommages-intérêts en cas de quelque chose se produit.

Guelph lance un Centre d’isolement soutenu pour les sans-abri face au coronavirus

Le logement et l’itinérance | Les services de première ligne

Un groupe d’organismes communautaires et de soins de santé a ouvert le Centre d’isolement appuyé (SIC) au centre-ville de Guelph. Ce modèle particulier n’est pas un modèle médical, ce qui signifie que les personnes qui sont là ne sont pas surveillées médicalement; ils sont soutenus pour s’isoler.

Le travail inquiétant des femmes dans la pandémie COVID-19

General: Sector resources | Le leadership politique | L’apprentissage et l’éducation

Au Canada, les femmes sont nettement plus inquiètes que les hommes au sujet de la crise COVID-19. Par exemple, un récent sondage réalisé par Abacus Data a révélé que 49 des femmes ont déclaré se sentir « très inquiètes » de l’épidémie, contre 33 des hommes. Trente-sept pour cent des hommes ont déclaré qu’ils n’étaient « pas du tout inquiets » ou « peu inquiets » à propos de l’épidémie.

Impacts sexospécifiques du coronavirus

General: Sector resources | Le leadership politique

Toute urgence ou catastrophe est vécue différemment par différents sexes, et ce n’est pas seulement une question de biologie, les taux d’infection, et la gravité de la maladie. L’expérience sexospécifique du coronavirus est fondée sur des inégalités entre les sexes qui ont un impact sur nous tous, chaque jour. Voici quelques impacts interdépendants entre les sexes à réfléchir et à agir.

L’Assemblée des Premières Nations déclare l’état d’urgence

La santé publique | Le leadership politique | Les Autochtones

Demander des ressources accrues aux Premières nations sur une base de « besoins et d’équité », en tenant compte des collectivités nordiques, éloignées et isolées.

Ressources liées aux personnes handicapées COVID pour les familles

General: Sector resources | La santé publique

L’Association canadienne pour la vie communautaire (ACIC) partagera sur cette page les ressources liées aux personnes handicapées liées à la pandémie du COVID-19, regroupées en un seul endroit pour les familles. De nouvelles ressources seront ajoutées au fur et à mesure qu’elles seront développées.

L’Université Simon Fraser de Vancouver tient un webinaire sur l’engagement inclusif en ligne sous l’angle de l’équité.

Général : Outils de mobilisation | L’apprentissage et l’éducation

La création d’espaces sûrs et équitables doit se faire en ligne, tout autant que cela se produit en personne (si ce n’est plus). Comment pouvons-nous prendre une lentille d’équité à notre convocation en ligne? Cicely Belle Blain et Alia Ali, pour discuter de l’équité, de la sécurité et de l’inclusion dans l’engagement en ligne. Ce webinaire explorera l’expérience des communautés minoritaires au milieu de la pandémie du COVID-19 et explorera les innovations et les conseils de différentes communautés afin de créer des espaces d’engagement en ligne significatifs et respectueux. Cette séance interactive permettra à nos invités et à nos participants de partager leurs bonnes pratiques pour renforcer l’équité dans l’engagement en ligne. Centre de dialogue Morris J. Wosk de la SFU

Gender and COVID-19 Groupe de travail a développé un google doc de COVID-19 et Gender Resources and Articles

General: Sector resources | Général : outils et ressources à la portée de tous

Compilé par Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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