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Natasha Pei

Natasha Pei
Natasha Pei brings online content to life and engages our members in the Vibrant Communities learning centre for poverty reduction. Natasha's involvement with Tamarack began with the Communities First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, where she worked as a Research Assistant in the Poverty Reduction Hub, studying effective ways community-campus engagement can be undertaken to have real benefits for the community.

Recent Posts

Three Pillars for Action: Waterloo's Proposed Neighbourhood Strategy

Posted by Natasha Pei on February 12, 2018

On January 16, 2018, Waterloo's City Council unanimously approved the proposed neighbourhood strategy, and have given the go-ahead to pursue feedback from the community.

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Living Wage Week in Canada, 2016: Engaging Businesses

Posted by Natasha Pei on November 11, 2016

October 31st - November 6th marks the annual Living Wage Week in Canada for 2016.

This is a week where living wage organizers celebrate employers in their role of providing staff with liveable wages, and support them to raise awareness about what a living wage is, as well as the benefits of paying one.

There are now living wage rates calculated in 53 communities across Canada. Of which, 26 are linked to Cities Reducing Poverty comprehensive poverty reduction initiatives, an increase of five in the past year, with even more communities in the process of researching or developing a living wage campaign.

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Learn more about the NEW Ontario Student Grant program!

Posted by Natasha Pei on July 28, 2016

In this podcast, the United Way of Toronto and York Region's Pedro Barata discusses with the Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Development, how the new Ontario Student Grant is coming together to provide free or reduced cost tuition for low and moderate income families.

Watch the recording here:

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10 – A Guide for Cities Reducing Poverty

Posted by Natasha Pei on March 18, 2016

Now is no time to think of what you do not have.
Think of what you can do with what there is.

                 -Ernest Hemingway


Coming out of the Poverty Reduction Summit in Ottawa in May, 2015, one of the ideas that Paul Born from Tamarack and Brock Carleton from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities had was to develop a paper that explored the increasing interest and involvement of municipalities in poverty reduction work across Canada.  

The result is 10 – A Guide for Cities Reducing Poverty that will be presented at the upcoming Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead summit in Edmonton 5-7 April.  

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The Municipal Role in the Living Wage Movement

Posted by Natasha Pei on March 18, 2016

In recent months, the living wage has been capturing the attention of local governments across the nation. Following New Westminster’s lead in 2011, Vancouver committed to a living wage last summer, and now Cambridge, Ontario’s City Council has just become the first in Ontario to make the pledge, with Hamilton and Toronto following close behind in consideration of their own policies. But why, what does the municipality add, what does it mean for living wage advocates, employees, and the community?

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Living Wages: Reducing Poverty Across Canada

Posted by Natasha Pei on December 23, 2015

At Vibrant Communities we have seen a surge in both poverty reduction strategies at a local/municipal level, as well as a dramatic rise in the number of living wage campaigns in recent years.

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