Publications, opinions, and speeches

Maytree publishes reports, backgrounders, briefs, opinions, and speeches to help inform decision-making and to engage in public discussions on social policy issues.

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Opinion

Published on 26/01/2022

A historic snowstorm shows us that our government can deal with big problems - when it wants to.

After last week’s historic snowstorm, the largest we’ve seen in decades, the City of Toronto deployed its 600 road plows, 360 sidewalk plows, 200 salt trucks and drew on 1,500 workers to clear the snow. It could do that because before the storm, the City had a plan in place and allocated resources to support […]

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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 17/01/2022

Human rights lawyer Anthony Morgan discusses the issue of anti-Black racism in the criminal justice system in Canada and the role of municipalities in confronting anti-Black racism.

This conversation is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. In this month’s contribution to “Advancing justice,” Anthony Morgan joins Elizabeth McIsaac to talk about the issue of anti-Black racism in the criminal justice system in Canada and the role of municipalities […]

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Opinion

Published on 17/01/2022

Pandemic-related payments to people living in deep poverty paled in comparison to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Recovery Benefit, which were available to Canadians with jobs.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, millions of people across Canada lost their livelihoods, and supporting them became an urgent priority for governments of all stripes and at all levels. While critical programs for recently unemployed workers and affected businesses have taken up much of the mainstream discussion — and continue doing so in light of […]

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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 13/12/2021

Community-led health and safety initiatives, rooted in principles of public health, have been increasingly acknowledged as innovative strategies that can optimize public safety.

This article by Akwatu Khenti is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. Resounding calls for reform in policing have prompted urgent consideration of alternative law enforcement models. Centring social justice as a key component in the effective delivery of public safety has […]

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Opinion

Published on 10/12/2021

When we started our work on human rights and poverty, we had an idea and a lot to learn. Maytree’s president Elizabeth McIsaac reflects on progress and why we must continue this work.

Seven years ago, when Maytree started our work on human rights and poverty, we had an idea and a lot to learn. It was humbling, speaking to experts in human rights and to advocates in the community who have been working in the field for decades. We learned about international human rights norms, what they […]

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Webinar recording

Published on 09/12/2021

Recording of the Welfare in Canada, 2020 launch event highlighting the report’s key findings

Using data provided by provincial and territorial government sources, Welfare in Canada, 2020 describes the components of welfare incomes, how they have changed from previous years, and how they compared to low-income thresholds. The report also explores how households who received social assistance fared in the first year of the pandemic. Access the report here. […]

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Opinion

Published on 30/11/2021

New federal leaders, including a minister for housing, could be the start of something good. Or, they could be merely symbolic. We need leaders to act on the affordable housing crisis at scale and with urgency.

On November 22, we marked National Housing Day, and this year we could point to progress. The prime minister has appointed a federal minister responsible for housing, and we expect to hear soon about the appointment of a Federal Housing Advocate. Will these two appointments make a difference? The answer is not obvious, yet. These […]

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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 22/11/2021

Examining how the barriers obstructing access to justice for Black, Indigenous, and racialized people are found not only in the legal profession itself, but in the academic pipeline that produces its practitioners.

This conversation is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. Infusing inclusion and diversity into the legal ranks can help build underrepresented groups’ trust in the system. In this month’s contribution to “Advancing justice,” Maytree president Elizabeth McIsaac speaks to Dr. Tanya (Toni) […]

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Speech

Published on 28/10/2021

Deputation to the City of Toronto’s Planning and Housing Committee on Proposed Inclusionary Zoning By-law Amendments.

I appreciate the opportunity to address the Committee on the proposed inclusionary zoning policy. Maytree has worked on affordable housing, and has been involved with the City on both the stakeholder and “expert” advisory groups, which we appreciate, and we’ve been able to observe and review the development of the policy. My basic observation is […]

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