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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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New Study Shows Canada Child Benefit Provides Additional Benefit for Food Security

Posted by Justin Williams on November 20, 2019

A new study in the Journal of Preventive Medicine from the University of Toronto finds that, since the introduction of the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), there is a 1/3 reduction in severe food insecurity for low-income families.

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Community Engagement: Is it Just Lip Service?

Posted by Glenda Cooper on November 19, 2019

Is Community Engagement just lip service or is it empowerment? Is it simply a box to check or a meaningful enquiry? Do we focus on soliciting input to justify our programs and initiatives or do we genuinely seek guidance from the community about how best to serve them? With limited resources, tight timelines and pressure to get things done, it can be overwhelming to think about opening processes up; especially since that could lead to surprises and results that contradict convention. Yet, every time we engage the community we have the opportunity to learn and shape the work in ways that will be meaningful, practical and implementable.

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Latest Welfare Rates and How They Compare to Poverty Measures

Posted by Maytree on November 18, 2019

This article was originally published at Maytree.com

Today, Maytree is releasing Welfare in Canada, 2018, the latest update of a yearly series showing the total income households on social assistance would have received (i.e., their income from social assistance alongside tax credits and child benefits). The report looks at how welfare incomes varied across every province and territory for four example households in 2018:

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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest: November 2019

Posted by Elle Richards on November 16, 2019

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada.

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10 Things to Know About Poverty Measurement in Canada

Posted by Nick Falvo on November 8, 2019

This article was originally published at nickfalvo.ca

On October 29, I gave a guest presentation to Professor Filipe Duarte’s master’s seminar class at the University of Windsor. The topic of my presentation was poverty measurement in Canada.

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Universal Health?

Posted by Elle Richards on October 29, 2019

We are a country that prides itself on a system of universal health. It is a system which merits are hotly debated by many inside and outside the country, particularly amongst our neighbours to the south. It should mean access for all, but does it?

For the most part it is admirable due to a founding principle being based on need rather than the ability to pay. A system which is free at point of access. But it is imperfect. Its decentralized system makes it hugely varied, and one which is rather expensive and not as efficient as some other models of national health. 

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