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A fence installed outside St. Stephen in-the-Fields.

Parishes urge governments to advance human right to housing

Last summer, at an event held outside St. James Cathedral to raise awareness of homelessness in Toronto, passersby were invited to participate in an interactive ...
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The time to act is now

Our faith calls us to serve the world God loves – to respond not only to spiritual needs but also to the physical needs of ...
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This year’s vestry motion and the human right to housing

The fact that Canada is in a housing crisis is indisputable. Across our diocese, rents are rising higher than inflation, with the average monthly rent ...
Supporters gathered outside the encampment at St. Stephen in-the-Fields.

City clears encampment outside church

After a year of intermittent threats to clear the encampment of unhoused people at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields in Toronto, staff from the City of Toronto’s Encampment ...
An unhoused man sleeps in a doorway.

Conference explores ways to confront displacement

About 100 Anglicans from across the diocese, and even Atlantic Canada, gathered online Oct. 28 for the annual Outreach & Advocacy Conference, exploring the theme ...
An unhoused woman sits on a bench with her belongings at Nathan Phillips Square.

Outreach conference addresses displacement

This past summer, images of displacement had become inescapable. In June and July, hundreds of refugee claimants were forced to sleep on the streets of ...
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Summer event brings winter warning

Winter arrived early this year for the families, advocates and faith leaders who gathered in downtown Toronto on the afternoon of Aug. 27. More than ...
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Advocates urge action for disabled

Holy Trinity, Guildwood hosted a town hall meeting in June to raise awareness of the proposed Canada Disability Benefit. The event was held with Community ...
People push large carts with supplies across Bloor Street West in downtown Toronto.

Carts connect with homeless

Along busy Bloor Street West and through the upscale streets of Yorkville, two industrial tool carts loaded with food and supplies are bringing hope and ...
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Unhoused people must not be swept away

“But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor ...
A bin with containers of oatmeal sits on a metal cart.

Deepening poverty calls for advocacy

Over the past few months, 123 parishes in our diocese have passed this year’s social justice vestry motion, calling on the provincial government to double ...
A sign that reads "Future site of highway 413" stands next to a field.

Diocese speaks out to protect Greenbelt

The Diocese of Toronto extends far beyond the urban metropolis, encompassing 26,000 sq. km. of south-central Ontario. Nearly half of Ontario’s Greenbelt falls within the ...
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Our faith calls us to do what we can

As a diocese, our key social justice priorities include reducing poverty, working to end homelessness by creating affordable housing, and safeguarding the integrity of God’s ...
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Jesus statue caged in protest

On a bright, cold December morning, more than 100 people – Anglicans and other clergy, parishioners, neighbours, supporters, representatives of the media and the local ...
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Open letter calls on city to take action

Christmas day. The number of unhoused people in Toronto is more than 9,700, and by the city’s own admission there is insufficient shelter space, much ...
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Church welcomes homeless seniors to neighbourhood

When Jamie Perttula learned that the City of Toronto was putting in a modular housing project for homeless seniors not far from the Church of ...
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Youth can show the way, says leader

A workshop at the Outreach and Advocacy Conference led by Shelagh McGlynn, youth animator for the Anglican Church of Canada, flipped on its head the ...
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Anglicans explore social justice issues

Nearly 100 Anglicans from across the diocese, as well as a few from as far as British Columbia, learned and shared ideas on how to ...
Tents set up in front of a church

We must be at this sharp edge

There has probably never been a time in the last few decades that there has not been one or two people living in the yard ...
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Time to make social assistance a real lifeline

With inflation at the highest rates seen in decades, the cost of living is on everyone’s mind these days. There is probably no one in ...
A bed of kale in a garden.

Why are so many people hungry?

Abundance is central to the gospel promise. God wants everyone to “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). The prophet Isaiah exhorts ...
Three people stand holding a take-out meal.

Parish rallies around evicted residents

Over the summer, a west-end Toronto church joined its local community in supporting evicted residents of a nearby Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) complex. On May ...
The Anglican

Parishes pass vestry motion to support workers

Last fall, the diocese’s Social Justice and Advocacy Committee, with the support of the College of Bishops, put forward a motion calling on the provincial ...
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An opportunity to vote with our values

On June 2, Ontarians go to the polls to choose the next provincial government. As Canadians, the right to vote is an integral part of ...
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Observe Refugee Sunday and save lives

War. Environmental crisis. Famine. Injustice. Racism. Xenophobia. These are some of the factors that lead to human migration and cause individuals and families to seek ...
The Anglican

Building a healthier, more resilient Ontario

This is a summary of “Putting Ontario on the Road to Recovery,” the provincial pre-budget submission from Bishop Asbil and the Social Justice & Advocacy ...
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Symposium looks at ‘homefulness’

The Sorrento Centre is an Anglican education and retreat centre located on Shuswap Lake in the central interior of British Columbia. The Rev. Michael Shapcott, ...
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