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Finding Local Data During COVID-19: Bruce Grey Tracks Food Insecurity

Posted by Natasha Pei on December 17, 2020

At the best of times, good local population-level data is difficult to find to inform poverty reduction efforts. With the added pressures of COVID-19, it is critical now more than ever to understand the changing face of poverty – who is in need, to what extent, what supports are available, and whether people are able to and accessing those supports. However, common data challenges roundtables face include:

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Healthcare System Changes - Volunteer program adopted amidst COVID-19 in Dufferin County

Posted by Natasha Pei on September 10, 2020

The Dufferin County Equity Collaborative and its partners are better aligning the local health system. During COVID-19, TeleCheck, a unique volunteer-based community service offering regular check-in calls to support seniors (55+ years), was recognized as an essential community health service and has officially been integrated into the Headwaters Health Care Centre operations.

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Basic Income in Canada: What We’ve Learned So Far

Posted by Natasha Pei on August 5, 2020

Basic Income Canada Network (BCIN) defines Basic Income as:

“A Basic Income Guarantee ensures that everyone has an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status”

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How a Warehouse is Rescuing Food During COVID-19

Posted by Natasha Pei on June 17, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, food security has been top of mind for everyone. Seniors, people who are immunocompromised, and neighbours everywhere are self-isolating on very short notice; workers – particularly those with already precarious positions – are being laid off; and food banks across the country are seeing stocks dwindle as people panic-purchase.

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4 Components for Establishing Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Posted by Natasha Pei on March 6, 2020

Does this situation sound familiar? You have a group of people who have committed to reduce poverty using a Collective Impact or collaborative approach. You know what needs to be done to support people to escape poverty in your community. Yet, scaling the initiative to create large-scale impact feels out-of-reach, because everyone is already at maximum capacity and doing their best to participate “off the side of the desk.” So, the work becomes a series of small manageable projects and programs that raise awareness and help alleviate poverty for some individuals and families.

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10 Top News Stories from Cities Reducing Poverty in 2019

Posted by Natasha Pei on December 14, 2019

In 2019, the Cities Reducing Poverty network grew to 80 cities and communities across Canada and the USA, all committed to local poverty reduction efforts. Even more heartening is to see that this expanding movement is having an impact – we are seeing population-level changes in poverty rates and food security at national, regional and local levels. Coupled with several positive policy announcements, these trends indicate that despite the stubborn nature of poverty, we are moving in the right direction.

Enjoy the top 10 news stories and popular learning resources from 2019.

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