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Ontario’s healthcare spending lowest in Canada — but going lower

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

These cuts, totalling about $360 million, will affect everything from mental health care to cancer screening, according to Natalie Mehra, head of the Ontario Health Coalition… Their impact will likely be profound, since… Ontario’s health-care spending is only $3,903 per person — the lowest of the ten provinces — and $487 per person lower than the Canadian average…

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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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Charities Now Welcome in The Political Arena: What This Means for the Charitable Sector of Today and Tomorrow

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

… education is very important, as is stepping into the political space that has opened for charities. In other words, this reform, rather than ending the debate, has merely turned the page on a new chapter. In it, we are collectively called upon to rethink and redefine the role of “political charities” in our society. Further legislation on the subject is likely to come.

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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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Non-profit groups get five-year freeze on WSIB premiums

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

… non-profit organizations are getting a financial break with a five-year freeze on their Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premiums as the Ontario government agency lowers its average premium rate for all employers by 17 per cent. The freeze will help almost 2,700 non-profits while another 1,600 will see premiums drop…

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Federal government to launch Equality Fund to entrench women’s rights and gender equality

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

… the Equality Fund… will be used to raise even more money from philanthropists and community organizations, and then divvied up among underfunded organizations that advocate for women’s rights and gender equality… The government money is the stimulus, but the longevity of the fund and its ability to act quickly and with flexibility come from the power of the non-governmental organizations, philanthropists and foundations involved in the collaboration.

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Next Steps for Non-Profits in Canada’s Evidence Ecosystem

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

If a non-profit is interested in improving its use of evidence-based practices, one of the easiest and most cost-effective approaches is to dedicate staff resources (or hire an external researcher or partner with an academic institution) to consolidate existing evidence… lack of evidence capacity among frontline practitioners and policymakers remains a significant barrier for the adoption of evidence… service users have an important role in guiding evidence-based program design and policymaking.

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Ottawa should change tax rules to encourage donations to charity

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

… the Trudeau government… should broaden the tax exemption on capital gains for charitable donations. It can do that by giving the same tax treatment to donations of shares in private companies and real estate as is now given to gifts of publicly traded shares. Experts who have looked at this idea estimate it would result in additional donations to charities of about $200 million a year. That’s a big chunk of change that would go to organizations like the United Way and local hospital foundations.

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Help the poor: Stop donating canned goods to food banks

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

If you hand your food bank a 30 pound office hamper filled with random food, you’re handing over a miniature logistical challenge that may or may not end up on the table of a hungry family. Hand over $20, and the food bank will be able to buy $100 worth of food, they’ll save on processing costs and Ottawa will kick you back up to $6.

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Why Canadian medical students should be offered free tuition

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

The move has three principal goals: Free future doctors of the crushing debt load many are saddled with; Give graduates the freedom to pursue lower-paying careers in family medicine and pediatrics rather than high-paying specialties such as cardiology (which some do to deal with debt); Attract the best and brightest students rather than just those who can afford medical school and, in the process, a student body that better reflects the society, in terms of race, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status.

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