Canadian Association for Community Living
Policies that Build Community
Is current public policy effective in helping to create a community where all people belong?
Report on 2015 Policy Forum
Building Community – On February 27, 2015, Community Living Ontario hosted a policy forum in collaboration with the Ryerson School of Social Work, the Ryerson School of Disability Studies and the CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy. The event titled Policies that Build Community explored the question “is current public policy effective in helping to create a community where all people belong?”
The event, held at Ryerson University, was attended by about 75 individuals including members of Community Living Ontario, students, parents and family members of people with disabilities and others. The event was planned to provide participants an opportunity to discuss current and emerging policy issues. This report contains a summary of the things discussed at the forum. This report is one of the tools that Community Living Ontario will use to identify social policy issues that it may wish to include in its agenda for advocacy in the coming period.
The event included presentation from Sherri Torjman of the Caledon Institute and Michael Prince from the University of Victoria. The event also included a facilitated discussion with the audience with input from a panel including Torjman and Prince along with Gordon Kyle, Director of Policy at Community Living Ontario and Cam Crawford, recent Director of Research at the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society – IRIS – and for many years before that President, Vice-President and senior researcher at the Roeher Institute.