Canada 150 Profiles: Karim Ladak

As part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Karim G. R. Ladak Current role in the sector: Passionate volunteer Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector:  40+ years. What was…

Charity and Public Welfare in History: A Look at Ontario, 1830–1950

Several historical works have described 19th-century Ontario as lacking a conception of public welfare, where the poor were largely left to the benevolence of religious charities. Consider here Stephen Speisman’s claim that “prior to 1900, the very religious character of Toronto mitigated against the assumption of social welfare responsibilities by the city government.”1 This assumption,…

Privatization and the Delivery of Personal Social Services: Is the Voluntary Board of Directors Up To the Task?

Presented to the Sixth Conference on Social Welfare Policy, St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 27-30, 1993. Introduction Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine, within the framework of privatization by government, some of the traditional functions expected to be undertaken by boards of directors of voluntary social welfare organizations. This study focuses on the…

From the Editor

Canadians have become less generous. This disturbing conclusion emerges un­mistakably from this issue’s study by Hans Deeg, How and What Canadians Contribute to Charity and in C. R Webster’s Public and Private Philanthropy in the Eighties.That this decline in generosity is not confined to recessionary times is perhaps even more disturbing. Deeg’s compilation of statistics…

Bookshelf

Canadian Social Welfare Edited by Joanne C. Turner and Francis J. Turner Published by Collier MacMillan Canada Inc., 1981, Toronto. REVIEWED BY NATHAN GILBERT Executive Administrator, Laidlaw Foundation In 1975, Andrew Armitage, a professor at the University of Calgary wrote the first introductory text on Canadian social welfare. Although far less ambitious an undertaking than…