Lawrence Heights Inter-Organization Network (LHION)
Labour Community Services continues to be an active member of LHION. Our goal is to participate in collaborative work that yields social benefits to residents as the Lawrence Heights revitalization plan is implemented. In 2015, the members of LHION oversaw the beginning of Phase I of revitalization project as demolition and groundbreaking begins. Over the next few years, the City plans to replace all 1,208 community housing units, while adding 4,902 condo units, parks, a community and daycare centre, and an elementary school.
LHION members will continue to be involved with this process throughout of the revitalization project, which is currently scheduled for completion in 2021.
George Brown College – Community Worker Program Advisory Committee (CW-PAC)
Labour Community Services is proud to chair the CW-PAC at George Brown College. In 2015, the program hosted a very successful and well-attended event at the Tommy Douglas Institute, focused on education and activism. Keynote speaker Chris Hodges delivered a poignant address on Wages of Rebellion.
Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR)
As a founding member of the UARR in 1975, the Labour Council has championed issues of equity and inclusion through its work with the UARR. Labour Community Services has been proud to continue this work. In working with the UARR, the LCS was a panellist in the 2015 public forum on “Policing in the Somali-Canadian Community – A Dialogue,” which featured a Somalian keynote speaker from Minneapolis.
Along with a broad coalition of groups and organizations, the UARR held a press conference in 2015 regarding the controversial death of Andrew Loku, a black man with mental health issues holding a hammer, who was shot dead by police officers. UARR has been working with unions like Unifor, as well as several ethnic groups, including Chinese, Italians, South Asian groups, to demand the Canadian Radio-Televison and Telecommunications Commission (C.R.C.T.) investigate the impending cut to OMNI-TV, which was Canada’s largest multilingual broadcaster in North America.
Dixon Safety Committee
In its mission to improve the circumstances of youth in Northwest Toronto, LCS works with committee members representing a wide breadth of organizations. 2015 saw a record number of families successfully register their children in Parks and Recreation programs, a feat many did not think was possible.
York Region Steering Committee
With aid from LCS, labour leaders in the York Region meet to promote civic engagement, to share ideas and union struggles, and to remain connected with labour actions and organizing efforts in Toronto.
York Region Social Planning Council (YRSPC)
For more than a decade, LCS has worked with the York Region Social Planning Council. Significant progress was made in 2015 when the YRSPC was incorporated. In recognition that York Region does not have an independent community planning body, LCS continues to offer staff support to YRSPC.
Community Action Planning Group (CAP-G)
In 2015, LCS worked with CAP-G in drafting and sending a letter to Metrolinx on the principles of engagement as they related to Metrolinx’s plans for a Finch Light Rail Transit (LRT) Maintenance and Storage Facility, which will be housed in the Jane and Finch community. The goal of this letter was to ensure that the local community’s interests were protected during this construction and planning project.
East Scarborough Storefront (the Storefront)
In 2015, the East Scarborough Storefront invited LCS to take part in and provide input to their initiative “East Scarborough Works: Developing an Evaluation Framework.” Working with University of Toronto – Scarborough campus, other social services organizations, and funders, LCS intends to act as a resource and link to organized labour as the Storefront gives life to the initiative.