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Sterling Road transforming into arts hub

Family Service Toronto’s recent arrival at new offices on Sterling Road is happening as the west-end street is poised for a major cultural makeover.

The former industrial area is transforming itself into a vibrant arts hub which will have the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art as a major attraction by 2017.

See the Sept. 29 edition of The Toronto Star for more on our growing community.

Debate gives voice to women’s issues

Major federal party leaders were asked how they would address violence against women and women's representation in politics at a Sept. 21 panel discussion supported by Family Service Toronto at the University of Toronto.

The event was sponsored by Up For Debate, an alliance of 175 women’s groups including FST, and is part of an effort to spark conversations on “gender justice and equality” leading up to the Oct. 19 federal election.

Thousands of Canadians have supported the campaign which is forcing national political leaders to address the needs of women and girls in domestic and foreign policy development. A small shift in policy could mean a huge change in the lives of women and girls living in poverty, according to many associated with the movement.
To learn more about the Up For Debate discussion see this Toronto Star report.

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Out On Bay Street honours former
FST board member

Brad Berg, a former member of Family Service Toronto’s Board of Directors, was one of seven professionals recognized for achievement and service in Canada’s LGBTQ community on Sept. 17.

Brad, who is a partner with Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, served as FST’s ex-officio board member from 2002 to 2009 and received a professional leadership award at the Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards Reception at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He said things have come a long way forward for LGBTQ people but lots of work still needs to be done to "get out of the city."

Brad represented Family Service Association of Toronto (now FST) in a landmark family law case which in early 2007 resulted in a ground-breaking Ontario appeal court decision recognizing the changing shape of families.

The Court ruled that judges in Ontario have the jurisdiction to declare more than two persons to be legal parents of a child.  With Brad’s assistance, FSA intervened on behalf of the same-sex couple in the case to allow the non-biological mother to be considered one of the child’s legal parents.

“Brad Berg’s leadership in preparing our factum and compellingly arguing our position was instrumental to the positive outcome of the case,” said FST Executive Director Margaret Hancock, adding that FST continues to feel the positive impact of Brad’s professional leadership on the three-parent case with clients and fellow advocates.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event organized by Out On Bay Street, a registered non-profit organization that facilitates the professional development of LGBTQ students as they transition through school to career.

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Live Construction Camera            

View the building progress of our new downtown office as it takes shape on Church Street two blocks south of Carlton Street.

FST has partnered with Tridel for their Alter condominium project which will sit 29 storeys above our new four-storey office podium fronting Church Street.

FST previously occupied the site and has temporarily relocated its counselling and central administrative services to 128A Sterling Road in the city’s west end.

Watch for our return to a redeveloped Church Street location tentatively in late 2017.

Free counselling on Wednesdays

Family Service Toronto offers walk-in sessions for those in need of immediate or urgent counselling one night per week.

The sessions are offered Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. to individuals, couples and families on a first-come first-served basis at our Downtown West location at 202-128A Sterling Road, two blocks west of Lansdowne Avenue between Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West. Limited parking is available onsite. Further information on TTC access is available on our Office Locations page. Download our flyer for a map and directions.

All members of the community are welcome with no restrictions based on age or address. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. at the latest. Our last appointment starts at 6:45.  There may be times when all people who attend the walk-in can not be seen due to capacity issues.

The Walk-In program is not able to provide child care/ child minding services.  If your child(ren) require supervision, please make arrangements for a child minder to take care or your child(ren) at home or, if necessary, you can bring your child minder with you to the walk-in.  Please be aware that young children are not permitted to attend sessions with their parents due to the sensitive nature of the work done in each session. 

No appointment or referral is required. Counselling is offered in English. Some of our counsellors are fluent in other languages (French, Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish and possibly other languages; to confirm call 416-595-9618).

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City adopts interim report on poverty strategy

TO Prosperity: Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy

Toronto City Council has taken a bold step towards helping the city's poor by adopting an ambitious poverty reduction strategy outlined in an interim report released in June. Council voted 40 to 2 on July 7 to adopt the report and develop an implementation plan.

Over the summer and early fall, City staff will work closely with partners, including community members, on a final strategy for presentation to City Council in November.

Family Service Toronto has been a key supporter of the city's efforts to reduce poverty and was represented by Anita Khanna, Director of Social Action and Community Building, on the team which advised city staff through the process of
developing the report and resulting recommendations.

The report states 29 per cent of children, 30 per cent of people with disabilities, 33 per cent of people from visible minorities, 37 per cent of female lone parents, and 46 per cent of recent immigrants live in poverty.

Further information is available through the city at TO Prosperity.

FST releases 2014-15 Annual Report

FST's new 2014-15 Annual Report highlights the many celebrations, activities and achievements of our Centennial year in 2014. It also features information about the programs and services offered over the past fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 and accounts for all monies spent by the organization.

As required, the accounts and financial transactions are audited by an independent auditor appointed by FST's Board of Directors. The audited financial statements were received at our Annual General Meeting on June 17, 2015.

A Century of Community Service - a booklet highlighting our 100 years of work and accomplishments from 1914-2014 - is also available for download as a PDF or online reading.
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