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Welcome to the third in a continuing series of e-based newsletters from The Environics Institute.
In The News

Canadians on Citizenship – Final Report Now Available

ship_groupWhat do Canadians think it means to be a “good citizen” in this country?  How do the perspectives of native born and foreign-born citizens compare on this and related questions? The results of this groundbreaking study were released by the CBC on all of its platforms on February 15th.

The full study report was released on March 6th, in conjunction with an event hosted by the study partners at the Toronto Reference Library for an invited group of more than 100 stakeholders spanning many sectors.

Pictured in the photo are representatives from the study partners (left to right):  Gillian Hewitt Smith (Institute for Canadian Citizenship), Lynn Patterson (RBC), Keith Neuman (Environics Institute), Sadia Zaman (CBC), and Ratna Omidvar (Maytree Foundation).

 Download the final report here.

Institute presents at Tax Fairness Summit

tax_summitThe first-ever Tax Fairness Summit was held in Ottawa March 28-30, organized by Canadians for Tax Fairness.  This new organization’s mission is to build a national campaign to promote fair taxation.  The event brought together representatives from close to 200 organizations across Canada and other countries to share experiences and discuss policy options for tax reform.

The Environics Institute’s Keith Neuman was a featured speaker at this event, where he provided a current assessment of Canadian public opinion on issues pertaining to income inequality and taxation.  

See more about tax fairness summit on their website.

Download the Institute’s presentation deck here.

Hear an podcast of Keith’s presentation at:  [awaiting link to be posted]

UAPS alumni co-author reports on First Nations education and economic development

uaps_drawingOne of the most serious problems facing Canada’s Aboriginal peoples is the absence of an education system that consistently supports and delivers positive outcomes for students. This issue is now being taken seriously and was the focus of The National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education for Students on Reserve, a joint effort of the federal government and the Assembly of First Nations.

The panel includes Caroline Krause, who was actively involved in the Institute’s Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS) as a member of the Advisory Circle.  Caroline is a nationally-recognized Aboriginal educator, and most recently was on the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia.

The Panel has just released its final report, which can be downloaded here.

elliot_reportNathan Elliott (a former member of the UAPS Calgary project team) has just released a report co-authored with David Smith on a new national policy for First Nations economic development. This reports presents an innovative framework organized around the concept of “economic space.”

Nathan Elliott now heads the consulting firm Insight West.  Dr David Smith is a Professor at the University of Regina.

Download their report here.

Current Projects

Focus Canada 2011 – Final Report Now Available

fc2001coverLate last year, The Environics Institute completed its second annual Focus Canada survey, taking the pulse of the Canadian public on a wide range of public policy and social issues. This public interest research builds on the syndicated Focus Canada research program conducted by Environics Research for more than three decades (1976 – 2009).  Themes covered in this report include:

•    Economy and standard of living
•    Government and politics
•    Role of public sector unions
•    Immigration and multiculturalism
•    Crime and justice
•    Canada’s role in the world
•    Religion in Canada

Download the full report here.

The Black Experience in Greater Toronto Area - Update

The Environics Institute, in partnership with the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and the Ryerson Diversity Institute, has launched a new research study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)., together with other leading organizations including the United Way Toronto, the Youth Challenge  Fund, the YMCA-GTA, the Social Planning Council of Peel, the United Way Peel Region, the City of Toronto and Heritage Toronto.

tropicanaTropicana Community Services has just agreed to join the Black Experience Project as a Collaborating Partner.  Tropicana is a Toronto-based multi-service organization, provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices.  It’s mission is achieved through culturally appropriate programs such as counselling, child care, educational and employment services and youth development.   

For more information click here.

gervanThe Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Gervan Fearon is joining the project, to serve as Chair of the Research Advisory Group.  Dr. Gervan Fearon is the Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and is an Associate Professor with the Department of Economics at Ryerson University. 

Dr. Fearon’s career has been shaped by a passion for education and the transformative opportunities it holds for individuals, communities and society, as well as a demonstrated commitment to enhancing the student experience.  He has also taught at York University, the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, and the University of Western Ontario, as well as served as a visiting scholar at the University of Washington.  He is the recipient of the 2007 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Atkinson at York University and the 2000 Professor of the Year Award from the Division of Management at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.  Dr. Fearon holds a Ph.D. in economics from The University of Western Ontario and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph.

To learn more about the Black Experience Project, contact Marva Wisdom (Project Director) at: m2wisdom@sympatico.ca

At The Institute

The Institute welcomes new Board chair

mendelsonThe Environics Institute is pleased to announce that Michael Mendelson has been appointed Chair of the its Board of Directors, effective April 2, 2012.

Michael is Senior Scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.  Prior to his appointment to Caledon he was Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Cabinet Office in Ontario, and previous appointments included serving as Assistant Deputy Minister in Ontario’s Ministries of Finance, Community Services and Health, and  In Manitoba as Secretary to Treasury Board and Deputy Minister of Social Services.

He has published many articles on social and fiscal policy, as well as a book on the issue of universality.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, School of Social Work.  He has undertaken many consulting projects both in the private and public sector since leaving government. Michael also has had numerous appearances on TV and radio and articles in the print media.

Who We Are
The Environics Institute for Survey Research was established by Michael Adams in 2006 to promote relevant and original public opinion and social research on important issues of public policy and social change. The focus of the Institute’s mandate is to survey individuals and groups not usually heard from, asking questions not normally asked. 

Integral to the Institute’s approach is:  a) early consultation and engagement with populations to be surveyed to ensure a respectful approach in how the research is conducted; and b) broad dissemination of research findings to stimulate constructive discourse and informed responses to these findings.

For more information about the Institute and its mission, see www.environicsinstitute.org

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