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It took a deadly pandemic to get Toronto to embrace a faster way to build affordable housing

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Toronto council endorsed a plan to build 250 units of housing for people in the shelter system. The units, funded by a combination of municipal and federal cash, will be built using a modular process, constructed off-site then shipped to Toronto where they can be hoisted up by cranes and snapped together like Lego pieces.

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COVID-19 and flooding: How Kashechewan is prepping for two natural disasters

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

For 15 years, governments have promised to move Kashechewan. The now-yearly evacuations, which have gone on for the better part of 17 years, have taken a toll on the people who live there… The agreement they had made with the federal government in 2005 was scrapped after the Harper government came into power. “They shelved the old agreement and didn’t get it going,” says Friday. In 2019, Friday signed a new agreement with Ottawa.

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Let’s have dignity in life as well as death

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Working together we can push governments and businesses to build a more inclusive economy that offers full-time jobs with decent wages and benefits. We can repair the frayed social safety net. This crisis has already demonstrated that governments — provincial and federal — can quickly alter policies and programs to better suit the needs of Canadians when they are highly motivated to do so.

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COVID-19 has shown Canada that it’s possible to be more inclusive

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

With remote work, online classes and virtual conferences becoming the new normal, we see employers, educational institutions and communities quickly adapting to accommodate an unexpected situation. The measures we might have once dismissed as too costly or cumbersome to accommodate for a person with a disability, an immune-compromised individual or someone with anxiety are now simply the way we all do business. In this new normal, we see what’s entirely possible, and that this flexibility benefits everyone.

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Activists fear for safety of people with disabilities after funding for mobility and medical devices deemed non-essential

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Those living in the community who need mobility equipment repairs, upgrades or new equipment will be put at increased risk of falls, pressure injuries and other loss of independence if they can’t access ADP financial support… the ministry has been working to ensure “expedited” funding approval for patients being discharged from hospital who need seating and mobility equipment.

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Justin Trudeau unveils wages subsidy changes, increased support for student jobs

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

“They are new to the workforce so they don’t have a lot of money set aside for this kind of situation. At the same time, they need work experience to secure their new jobs and money to cover living expenses.” The government has also promised changes to allow part-time workers who have seen their hours cut to access emergency aid that pays $500 a week for 16 weeks… We will have additional measures to put in place to help the most vulnerable Canadians”

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The forgotten sector in the COVID-19 fight

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Across Ontario, there are more than 100 Community Living organizations serving 12,000 people with intellectual disabilities… Unlike workers in hospitals and health clinics, though, Community Living staff are not considered health-care workers. That means they have to scramble for protective gloves, masks and extra help for their clients.

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The Moral Imperative for Policy Advocacy

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

… if charities do not make governments uncomfortable, they are not delivering on their charitable mission…. charitable status conveys a moral responsibility to be an active agent within civil society, that charities must be more than the sum of their government contracts and charitable receipts. At a fundamental level, charitable status implies not only the power to row but also the obligation to steer, to be thought leaders in the arena of ideas.

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Charitable Sector Gradually Adjusting to a New Regulatory World that Allows Unlimited Engagement in Public Policy Dialogue

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

ThePhilanthropist.ca – 20037721 March 30, 2020.   John Lorinc Editor’s note: This is the first piece in a series about advocacy work in our sector. How charities and non-profits engage in policy and political advocacy has been an important topic of conversation topic for some time, and one The Philanthropist has engaged in through past writing, including a short […]

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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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