“Union Communities, Healthy Communities” sets out the direct relationship between healthy rates of unionization and lower rates of income inequality. This is a critical factor to discuss in light of the current developing attack on unions in Canada. At a time when many provinces have been starting to address issues of poverty reduction, children's benefits and welfare reform; what little progress we are making will be quickly undone if "right to work" measures gain ground. Unions are not only a key force in mitigating income inequality but also in fighting against the growing trend to precarious employment -- contract, part time, no benefits etc. – that is multiplying the numbers of Canadians who rank among the working poor.Read more
Expertise: Community service and leadership, Social & Public Policy
The Hon. Frances Lankin is Chair of the Ontario Press Council and a Board Director with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the Literary Review of Canada. A grauate of the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman Directors Education Program, Ms Lankin currently also serves on the Board of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is former Co-Commissioner for the Ontario Commission for the Review of Social Assistance and former President and CEO of United Way Toronto.
From 1990 to 2001 she was the Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York and held posts as provincial Minister of Government Services, Chair of Management Board, Minister of Health and Minister of Economic Development and Trade. Ms. Lankin has a long history of Board service, including most recently as a member of the Board of Metrolinx , Canada's Security Intelligence Review Committee, the Ontario Hospital Association Board and Chair of the TELUS Toronto Community Board.
In 2012 she was named a Member of the Order of Canada and a Trudeau Foundation Mentor. Ms. Lankin has received many awards and recognition for her work and service to community, including Honorary Doctorates of Laws from Queens and Ryerson Universties and the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.