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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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Ford government’s rapid changes causing upheaval for non-profits, survey finds

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Nearly 30 per cent of non-profits surveyed said their budgets decreased as a result of provincial changes, and another 11 per cent were still uncertain whether their budgets would be cut several months after the budget was tabled.  Some agencies surveyed raised concerns about the upheaval caused by the province abruptly changing funding commitments part-way through a non-profit’s financial year.

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Beyond Shelters – Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the Front Lines

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The essays introduce the reader to a diverse ecosystem of Canadian shelters and describe some of the significant changes in ideology and approach that many shelters have undergone over the last quarter of a century… shelters are not enough to solve homelessness in Canada and the shelter of the future must move beyond basic accommodation in its efforts to address this complex issue.

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Forced to the frontlines of mental health: Police have become the new first responders for vulnerable Canadians

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

… a mobile program called HealthIM, which gives police a medical checklist to assess a person’s risk level for self-harm, harm to others and an inability to care for themselves. If they decide to take the person to hospital, the information is sent ahead to a waiting triage nurse, so the medical team knows to expect them and can review the police assessment of the patient. Police can access the program from their cars or via smartphone.

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Public Health Agency of Canada announces funding to support mental health of adults on the autism spectrum, caregivers

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently announced it has awarded a strategic fund to Autism Ontario to launch Mental Health Matters, a mental health program for adults on the autism spectrum and their caregivers that will be delivered in partnership with CMHA Ontario, McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART), SAAAC Autism Centre and the York ASD Partnership.

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CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

… the CRA says more than 835,000 returns were filed by people who are homeless, Indigenous, newcomers, seniors or disabled. The boost is double those seen in previous years, before the Liberals increased annual spending on the “community volunteer income-tax program” to $13 million in the 2018 budget… “It’s a different program and we get to see the direct impact that we have on lifting people out of poverty.”

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Cuts to legal aid mean worse health for vulnerable people

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Many of my patients have legal needs that require expert intervention to maintain their social and medical stability… for issues ranging from family discord to accessing disability supports… Neighbourhood legal clinics… are now facing crippling funding cuts… When people are denied the ability to advocate for their legal rights, they are left with high levels of stress, in worse poverty, and in increasingly vulnerable situations. This leaves them in poorer health and puts a higher demand on the health system.

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