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For the homeless, the coronavirus crisis is untenable – but so is the social-distancing response

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

With the overcrowding of shelters and closings of many important services during this time, it is obvious that many of the public-health measures made to protect people during the pandemic have neglected the needs of the homeless… We need a moratorium on evictions… more outreach support… to rapidly house people – or maintain their housing… Addiction medicines must be made available to people for the full length of their quarantine…

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Moving from Evidence to Action: Tackling the Sector’s Thorniest Issues By Rethinking our Relationships with Data

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Here, we offer four ideas for how to relate to evidence in healthy ways that lead to action. 1. Make learning and action the focus… 2. Work together… 3. Ask bold questions… 4. Build your organizational learning muscles… data alone is not transformative. You can have the best data in the world, but if you don’t have people committed to using it, it will sit on a shelf.

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Slaight family donates $15 million to fund healthcare and education for impoverished women, girls

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, the foundation will distribute the funds among 15 non-profit organizations — including the Canadian Red Cross, Save The Children, World Vision, UNICEF Canada, Crossroads International — all working in poverty-stricken, conflict-affected areas in the Middle East and Africa to mitigate issues affecting women and children… Since 2013, the foundation has been donating to strategic initiatives targeting healthcare, global humanitarianism, youth advancement and Indigenous issues.

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Corporate/employee giving campaigns key to future donation growth

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

In 2017, the index notes, only 20% of Canadians reported having made a donation the previous year, down from 26% in 1997. The trend underscores a looming problem: as demand for services rises, the social deficit grows… but a new report points to the significant power workplace giving programs have to both raise charitable giving rates and bolster companies’ recruitment efforts, retention rates, and bottom lines.

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Solving homelessness will require infringing on individual rights

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

We are stuck between two fundamental tenets of a fair and just society: a person’s right to freedom and personal agency, versus the duty authorities have to protect a person from self-harm and any attempts to harm others. If one of those was to trump the other, it would be the government’s responsibility to stop someone from harming oneself or harming others.

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Embracing good will this Christmas

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

In some sense, our schools, libraries, hospitals, public parks, social housing, legal and social assistance programs all speak to a type of structured good will. These are all places that promote collective caring. These are some expressions of the social dimensions of good will toward all, not just those who can an afford the finer amenities of life.

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Giving Ontario Communities a Greater Voice in Government Decision Making

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Included in Mr. Jivani’s mandate is increasing community safety by combating issues such as guns and gangs, human trafficking and racism, and making real and tangible progress to improve outcomes in areas such as: education, community services, income support, and access to housing. This work will help to inform the design or redesign of programs and services and identify actions the government can take to improve people’s lives.

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Putting economic and social rights at the heart of policy-making

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Too many people are currently being left behind as changing social, economic, and political tides wash past them… we must help people and communities weather these changes by strengthening how we think about, and develop, public policy. We can do this by prioritizing the human rights and dignities of all Canadians. Not only civil and political rights, but economic and social rights, too.

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Why the Western emphasis on individuals is the ultimate in intersectionality

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

The fact of the endless multiplication of categories of victimization, let’s say (or at least difference) was actually solved long ago by the Western emphasis on the individual… meritocratic selection, where the only difference that was to be considered was the suitability of the person for the specific and well-designed tasks that constituted a given job… works — not perfectly, but less imperfectly than anything else that has been contemplated

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Marginalized people need social connections, too

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

… we almost never talk about the lack of opportunities for something pro-social and meaningful for the homeless and marginalized to do… Funding for programming, for actual engagement with others — especially those who are not easy to engage with — is the last to be offered and first to be cut.

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