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The Community Innovation Imperative

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy in December 2017

In this paper, Sylvia Cheuy explores community innovation - a unique form of social innovation that is place-based within the specific geography of a community.

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A Light in the Window

Posted by Liz Weaver on January 19, 2018

In the deep darkness of a winter night, there are lights in windows of homes across Copenhagen. 

These lights are welcoming beacons, warming the coldness of winter and creating light in the darkness.  This is only one action of many that create ‘lykke’ or a level of happiness that has Denmark leading the United Nations annual happiness index.   


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Strength in numbers: Targeting labour force participation to improve prosperity in Ontario

Posted by Alison Homer on January 19, 2018

In its 16th Annual Report, Strength in numbers: Targeting labour force participation to improve prosperity in Ontario, Ontario’s Panel on Economic Growth & Prosperity analyzes Ontario's GDP per capita compared to ten similar peer jurisdictions (Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, the Netherlands, Tennessee, Sweden, Michigan, Australia, British Columbia, and Québec) and analyzes the labour force participation rate of youth, women, older workers, and Indigenous Peoples in Ontario.

The analysis reveals that Ontario continues to experience a ‘prosperity gap’ – GDP per capita is $5,600 below its peer jurisdictions.

Removing the barriers faced by these four groups has the potential to close Ontario's prosperity gap and could add $54.0 billion to the economy.

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Lower Columbia Region Releases Road Map to Poverty Reduction

Posted by City of Trail on January 15, 2018

British Columbia is one of the most prosperous provinces in Canada, yet poverty remains a serious issue in many communities. According to a new report released today, key indicators of poverty remain startlingly high in the Lower Columbia Region (LCR) of BC’s West Kootenay. For example, the four local foodbanks support approximately 5,000 visits per year. Additionally 1,600 households – 1 in 5 in the region – are in housing need, and in 2013, the last year for which there is reliable data, 990 children were living in poverty.

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Economics of Doing Business and the New Minimum Wage

Posted by Michael Adamcryck on January 12, 2018

The January 1, 2019 looming deadline of a minimum wage increase to $15 / hour has people on both sides of the pay cheque debating the merits of this increase and the potential unintended consequences of moving so much so fast.  We have the employer discussing the impact to their bottom line as any increase in expenses directly impacting profit.  On the other side of the paycheque we have social leaders advocating the positive economic impact that this wage increase will have on both the individual employee and the greater economy.

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Knowing Where You've Been to Know Where You're Headed

Posted by Heather Keam on January 12, 2018

I was reading an article in the Philanthropist, How social service agencies can help build a collaborative and caring economy, where Rob Howarth speaks to the trends of growing economic inequality and geographic segregation in Canadian communities.

If you are like me, I click on the links as I read them. In doing so, I landed on a great website about building community change and building inclusive communities from within: the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership.

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A New Year Obsession

Posted by Paul Born on January 9, 2018

As we enter into yet another chaotic year, do we dare optimism? Or, do we embrace a growing sense that it is too late? Should we just let things unravel, focus on what is best for Me, and watch it all come tumbling down?

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