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Asian-Canadian Youth Identities in a Pandemic Era: Arts-based Research.

Looking for Asian-Canadian Youth, aged 16-24, with Ancestry/Origin from India, the Phillipines or China, to participate in arts-based youth identity study.  Click here for further details. 

Trish Coupal at 12:27 PM
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Adolescent ASD Research

Looking for children with ASD (nonverbal) or neurotypical children, age 12-18,  to participate in online emotion research.  Contact ASD@queensu.ca.The study is online. After answering a few questionnaires, participants will recieve $20 and a $10 Amazon gift card.

Trish Coupal at 11:38 AM
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Transforming our Systems: The 2022 Report of the National Advisory Council on Poverty

This year, we met with over 1,000 individuals and organizations from across the country as part of our ongoing dialogue with Canadians on poverty. We received overwhelming interest in our sessions on issues such as the future of work, grassroots responses to poverty, building a resilient social safety net, and the future of health and poverty. We also had the opportunity to meet with individuals with lived experience of poverty in small-group sessions.


We are grateful to those who took the time to engage with us. These conversations and the insights that participants shared are the foundation of our report and recommendations. Thank you.


During our engagement, we heard about the challenges facing those living in poverty, including inadequate income, difficulty accessing benefits and supports, and the racism and discrimination that permeate our systems and society. We heard that while the pandemic provided us with a real world pilot project of a more substantial and inclusive social safety net, it exacerbated inequalities that existed long before COVID-19.


In our report, we note the significant progress made in reducing poverty in Canada. While this is great news, we also note that deep inequities remain for certain populations made most marginal in our society. Reductions in poverty rates may be difficult to maintain in the years to come as we grapple with issues such as record inflation, long-term impacts of the pandemic and the phasing out of emergency supports. Sustainable poverty reduction will require a whole-of-society commitment to rebuilding and maintaining systems that leave no one behind.


We invite you to read, share, and continue the dialogue. As a Council, we will continue asking questions and learning from those with lived experience of poverty, as well as reflecting on what we heard and where we need to go from here. We hope this report can help move us closer to a more equitable and just society.


Your feedback will help us keep the conversation going. Please share with us your feedback and let us know if you would like to take part in future engagement activities, by sending an e-mail to [email protected].


You can access Transforming our Systems: The 2022 Report of the National Advisory Council on Poverty at the following links:


Transforming our Systems: the 2022 Report of the National Advisory Council on Poverty - Canada.ca

Transformer nos systèmes : le rapport 2022 du Conseil consultatif national sur la pauvreté - Canada.ca

Leah Bowman at 10:32 AM
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Promoting Healthy Families Study

With the past few years bringing unprecedented hardship to all families, especially those with young and school-aged children, there has never been a greater need to provide support. The Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University has partnered with four mental health agencies across Ontario to launch a parenting and family support study called Promoting Healthy Families. The overall goal is to take a closer look at two parenting programs (Triple P and Circle of Security) and to understand if, and how, families can benefit from these programs.


Both the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and Circle of Security Parenting Program (COSP) offer a structured way for parents and caregivers to develop practical skills to help decrease challenging behaviours and emotions in young children and help family relationships. By taking part in this study, parents and caregivers may find that they feel more positive about themselves and their caregiving skills, while providing valuable information on how we help other families in the future.


Our research team is committed to ensuring our programs are accessible to all families, with additional care to reach families who may face traditional barriers to services such as limited access to technology and wi-fi services. To ensure equal opportunity, our study will provide:

  • Immediate, direct, and free-of-charge access to one of our parenting programs, led by highly qualified, trained service providers
  • Access to iPad devices and internet for study visits, free of charge (upon request)
  • Completely virtual service, in consideration of Covid-19 guidelines
  • Compensation in gift cards upon completion of study visits
  • Flexible scheduling of study visits to accommodate busy families

Our study is actively looking for families with children aged 2-6 years to enroll in this study. 


For more information, click here.

Leah Bowman at 4:47 PM
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Evaluation of Virtual Care Service offered to children across Ontario

Leah Bowman at 12:36 PM
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