Friday, 27 May 2016

Implementing the right to housing– a guide for local governments and civil society

Implementing the right to housing– a guide for local governments and civil society
https://www.scribd.com/doc/314022758/Implementing-the-right-to-housing-a-guide-for-local-governments-and-civil-society
"… The right to housing is not just a rallying cry. It, like human rights more generally, offers concrete standards that can be implemented and measured for progress. The results can be transformative and can shift us away from charity toward social justice.
The right to adequate housing
Housing is the basis of stability and security for an individual or family. The centre of our social, emotional and sometimes economic lives, a home should be a sanctuary; a place to live in peace, security and dignity.
Increasingly viewed as a commodity, housing is most importantly a human right. Under international law, to be adequately housed means having secure tenure – not having to worry about being evicted or having your home or lands taken away. It means living somewhere that is in keeping with your culture, and having access to appropriate services, schools, and employment.
Too often violations of the right to housing occur with impunity. In part, this is because at the domestic level housing is rarely treated as a human right. The key to ensuring adequate housing is the implementation of this human right through appropriate government policy and programmes, including national housing strategies…."
From
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Housing/Pages/HousingIndex.aspx
Implementing the right to housing: a guide for local governments and civil society
English | http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Housing/GuideSubnationalReport_EN.pdf
French | http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Housing/GuideSubnationalReport_FR.pdf
Spanish | http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Housing/GuideSubnationalReport_SP.pdf

Thursday, 19 May 2016

"... Those of you who were part of the early days of northern broadcasting will be saddened to hear that Art King passed away ..."

Terry Rudden posted https://www.facebook.com/terry.rudden
"... Those of you who were part of the early days of northern broadcasting will be saddened to hear that Art King passed away in St. John's, Newfoundland earlier this week. Art was one of the original program officers at Secretary State's Northern Native Broadcast Access Program, which funded the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, TNI, Wawatay, NNBY and other groups, creating the foundation for Television Northern Canada and eventually the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. He spent most of his career supporting and promoting Indigenous communications in Canada, and was a friend, a guide and an ally to the movement.
Thanks, Robert Boulay, for the sad news. Art's daughter Dana will be posting an obituary on the weekend...."

He was doing that when I was with Taqramiut Nipingat Inc (TNI) in Nunavik in the 1980s... The early years of TVNC... Pre APTN...

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Statistics Canada’s "Economic Importance of Arts and Culture " GDP of culture industries in the Northwest Territories fell –2.7% Nunavut +2% Yukon +1.2%

"… #StatisticsCanada's release today of the #Provincial and #Territorial #Culture #Indicators, 2010 to 2014 report is providing insight into the #economic #importance of #arts and culture across Canada.
Income and Expenditure Accounts Technical Series – Provincial and Territorial Culture – Indicators, 2010 to 2014 Release date: May 11, 2016 Catalogue no. 13-604-M ISBN 978-0-660-04937-3
The figures in the report measure the contribution of culture to the Ontario economy for two unique perspectives:
Arts, culture and heritage products represent $25.3 billion of the province's gross domestic product (GDP) and over 276,000 jobs. This "product perspective" includes the contribution of culture products (goods and services) produced in both culture industries and non-culture industries. […]
– Yukon: GDP of culture industries in Yukon grew 1.2% in 2014, following a flat 2013. Visual and applied  arts (+6.6%) was the largest contributor to economic growth. GDP of sport industries rose 1.5%, following a 4.8% gain the previous year. Economy-wide GDP in the territory rose 2.0% in 2014.
Jobs in culture industries increased 3.0%, following job gains of 1.2% in 2013. Jobs in sport industries grew 5.8% after decreasing 1.9% the previous year. Overall, total jobs in Yukon grew 6.4% in 2014.
– Northwest Territories: GDP of culture industries in the Northwest Territories fell 2.7% in 2014 after advancing 2.9% in 2013, with governance, funding and professional support (-4.5%) largely contributing to the decline. GDP of sport industries also fell 3.4%, following an increase of 1.2% the previous year.
Economy-wide GDP in the territory rose 5.4% in 2014.
Jobs in culture industries rose 4.8% after job gains of 1.9% the previous year. Jobs in sport industries increased 2.1%, following a 1.0% decline in 2013. Overall, total jobs in the Northwest
Territories increased 3.1% in 2014.
Nunavut: Nunavut's GDP of culture industries advanced 2.0% in 2014 after increasing 1.7% in 2013. GDP of sport industries was unchanged, following gains of 3.0% in 2013. Economy-wide GDP in the territory grew 6.0% in 2014.
Jobs in culture industries edged down (-0.2%), following job losses of 2.1% in 2013. Jobs in sport industries declined 1.3% sport industries declined 1.3% after falling 6.3% the previous year. Overall, total jobs in Nunavut rose 0.4% in 2014…."
– Read the full PDF report from Statistics Canada here.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/13-604-m/13-604-m2016081-eng.pdf

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Re #NWT, #GNWT and the YELLOWKNIFE SMALL HOMES SURVEY #SMALLHOMESSURVEY #NWTPoli #YZF #X1A

#IMHO Re: YELLOWKNIFE SMALL HOMES
The Small homes should also fit/be in sync with the
NWT Housing Corp Home Ownership plan.... see
3 books hand-picked by George Lessard
NWT Housing Corp Home Ownership Information
https://www.scribd.com/collections/15146981/NWT-Housing-Corp-Home-Ownership-Information

And, of course... since housing like this and the issues they represent are a territory wide issue...
Not just a Yellowknife ... 
The small / tiny homes issue is/should be debated/applicable territory wide...
not just in Yellowknife.
..

"...YELLOWKNIFE LAUNCHES SMALL HOMES SURVEY
In response to residents' interest in diverse housing options, the City of Yellowknife is exploring the viability of a residential small home zoning designation. As the first phase of public engagement, the City of Yellowknife is seeking the public's input through an online survey.
The benefits of Small Homes are numerous and include lower land and construction costs as well as a reduced environmental footprint.
The survey explores the public's interest in small homes and regulations that will shape the development of small homes neighbourhoods, including setbacks, height and parking requirements.
Residents have expressed a growing interest in affordable housing options, and gathering and documenting this input is important for the City to accommodate residents' needs. We look forward to hearing what residents say during this first phase of information gathering," said Mayor Heyck.
For more information and to access the online survey before May 27, visit...."
https://www.yellowknife.ca/en/doing-business/Small-Lot-Zoning.asp


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Friday, 22 April 2016

Lark Productions seeking Canadian Artists to Cast in a new CBC series….

Lark Productions seeking Canadian Artists to Cast in a new CBC series….

"... Lark is now casting Canadian artists for a groundbreaking CBC series that celebrates art in all its forms. They are looking for artists from a wide variety of media.
Description – Lark Productions is searching for creative, confident, energetic artists looking to showcase their skills and talent on national TV. Lark is now casting Canadian artists for a groundbreaking CBC series that celebrates art in all its forms. They are looking for artists from a wide variety of media. From painters, sculptors and mixed media artists, to tattoo, pinata, graffiti, carving, clothing, and jewellery design, street chalk art, animators, toy or doll artisans. All creative media are accepted.
Lark Productions wants to hear from you if :
– You want an opportunity to showcase your talent on a televised, national stage
– You have basic art skills
– You are enthusiastic to take on an art challenge outside your specialized medium
– You are comfortable on camera and have an outgoing personality
– You aren't afraid to get a little competitive.
Casting is currently open so apply today by sending your name, photo, bio, contact info and 2-3 samples of your artistic work to casting@larkproductions.ca Please include links to any relevant pages or media articles...."
http://ebosscanada.com/classified/lark-productions-seeking-canadian-artists-to-cast-in-a-new-cbc-series.html

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Yellowknife’s “dark empty hole” a haven for the homeless - Nearly one in five homeless in city's downtown core are Inuit

 April 21, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Yellowknife's "dark empty hole" a haven for the homeless

Nearly one in five homeless in city's downtown core are Inuit

JANE GEORGE

"...YELLOWKNIFE — You don't have to go out of your way to find homeless people in the capital of the Northwest Territories.
That's because Yellowknife's downtown core, which city councillors and developers call "a dark empty hole," has become a haven for the homeless.
On April 20, when temperatures climbed to minus 5 C under sunny skies, many homeless people were hanging around the Yellowknife post office and in front of the Centre Square Mall on Franklin Avenue. [...]
Nearly one in five homeless surveyed were Inuit, many from western Nunavut, most had lived in the city for more than 10 years, and, like Palluq, more than three in four had been homeless for more than 180 days.
According to a similar 2014 survey of homelessness in Nunavut's three largest communities, the Government of Nunavut found fewer than 100 homeless Nunavummiut — a low number which many contested as being 10 times too low.
If that survey was accurate, this would mean there are only a handful of homeless, like in Cambridge Bay, where the GN plans to spend $470,000 in 2016-17 on a homeless shelter.
Some put the actual number of homeless closer to 400 in Yellowknife, where a one-bedroom rental apartment in the city centre costs $1,650 a month. [..]
"There have always been people on the streets. But there weren't the numbers we have now — they're extremely visible," said Gino Pin, an architect whose company designed several buildings in Cambridge Bay, including the Kiilinik school, the new Nunavut Arctic College residence and the hamlet office.
He's spearheaded the "Homeful Partnership" group in Yellowknife, which hopes to put money and energy go into a "housing first concept" instead of a downtown redevelopment beautification plan, which is also on the table.
But that doesn't solve the root problems of the downtown or homelessness, Pin said, citing Homeful Partnership's motto: "homes for our homeless, a city safe for everyone and a healthy vibrant downtown core."
With eight facilities for the homeless in Yellowknife, there is still not enough shelter for everyone, said Pin, who would like to see housing, perhaps with some form of supervision in place, built to take people off the city's cold streets...."
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674yellowknifes_dark_empty_hole_a_haven_for_the_homeless/

George Lessard
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Housing as a Health Care Investment - Children’s HealthWatch

"…Housing as a Health Care Investment - Children's HealthWatch
Housing as a Health Care Investment, is a new report released by the National Housing Conference that examines research conducted by Children's HealthWatch. The findings show that homelessness and unstable or unaffordable housing can harm the health of vulnerable infants and young children and contribute to higher health care spending.
Previous research from Children's HealthWatch demonstrated the harmful impact homelessness has on the health of young children and that the negative health outcomes are compounded when a mother is homeless both before and after her child is born. New findings from Children's HealthWatch researchers show affordable and stable housing made possible through rental assistance is associated with better health outcomes for infants in vulnerable families. …"
http://homelesshub.ca/resource/housing-health-care-investment-affordable-housing-supports-children%E2%80%99s-health
Direct URL to PDF
http://media.wix.com/ugd/19cfbe_4d4761b6e25b416584cd348504660cb4.pdf

George Lessard
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories