Items of Interest

Prescription for Addiction: Addressing Stigma, Myths and Methadone

Attached please find details of an upcoming workshop sponsored by the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel, and the Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force:

Prescription for Addiction: Addressing Stigma, Myths and Methadone

Tuesday February 17, 2009


Metro Hall,55 John Street

Room 308


Street Needs Assessment

Toronto’s second Street Needs Assessment set for April 15

This will be the second time the city has amassed the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, community agency and City staff to take to the streets and shelters to ask homeless people about their service and program needs. The first Street Needs Assessment took place April 19, 2006. The results helped shape significant changes to how the City approached homelessness issues, resulting in increased emphasis on helping homeless people to find and keep permanent housing.

The Street Needs Assessment is a 10-question survey that helps the City estimate the number of homeless people at a specific point in time. It also provides a snap shot of demographic and other information such as services used and what assistance would help people who are homeless get and keep permanent housing. Using proven statistical methods, a minimum of 5,052 people were estimated to be homeless on Toronto’s streets, and in ravines, parks, shelters, health care facilities, and correctional institutions on the night of April 19, 2006. The 2009 survey will contain the same questions so that the data can be compared.

This year, members of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), Canada’s national social housing association dedicated to ensuring that Canada has decent affordable housing for all, will be invited to participate as volunteers in the Street Needs Assessment as part of their national Congress to be held in Toronto April 15 to 18.

Members of the public wanting to register as volunteers for the 2009 Street Needs Assessment can do so at

For more information about the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association:

Friends of the Sorauen Farmers’ Market

This is a reminder to those of you who haven’t found the time to fill out our short Farmers’ Market survey. We are trying to evaluate your input for February 1st and hope you will take a few minutes to answer our question. It will help us improve the market for the 2009 season! Yes, we are continuing to run the Sorauren Farmers’ Market this year and have already started planning. The survey can be found at: Thank you! Bread deals with living things, with giving life, with growth, with the seed, the grain that nurtures. It is not coincidence that we say bread is the staff of life. ~Lionel Poilane

PARC Fundraiser

See attached flyer: