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The Power of Possibilities: Deepening Community Stories

Posted by Heather Keam on January 20, 2021

We are reflecting on 2020, looking back on how communities were able to continue their programs while also wondering how they will keep them going. One of the common themes was the power of possibilities especially centered around this question - “how might we?” Communities asked how might wes as they navigated the changing landscape of COVID, for example; How might we continue to engage community virtually? How might we get more responses to our survey? How might we bring hope to our community?

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BC Poverty Reduction Planning & Action Program Open for Second Round

Posted by Alison Homer on January 14, 2021

Round two of funding is now open for the BC Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program. In 2020, the Government of British Columbia announced $5M in funding through this program. Its first round empowered more than 50 local governments, including 14 Cities Reducing Poverty members, with up to $150,000 to create on-the-ground solutions to ending poverty.

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Deepening Learning and Connection in a Virtual World

Posted by Liz Weaver on January 5, 2021

In June 2020, Tamarack pivoted from our in-person workshop offerings to moving workshops into the virtual space. We knew it was going to be a challenge. As our team reflected on this opportunity, we noted that we wanted to create a virtual learning experience which was unique.

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The Forgotten Poor

Posted by Elle Richards on December 18, 2020

If there is one group that tends to go unnoticed in poverty and policy, it is the single working-age person. How can it be acceptable for an individual to want to work, be part of the working population, actively contributing to society, the economy, and still not be able to meet basic needs? Working age singles are more likely to be living in deep poverty, so why are they so overlooked in poverty reduction plans?

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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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Step Forward: Supporting People in Need

Posted by Ann Le on December 15, 2020

As part of Communities Building Youth Future’s commitment to youth engagement, we aim to build meaningful opportunities to engage young people - we believe that we can learn a lot from youth. We believe that youth perspectives, beliefs, and visions for the future should shape our work and we want to share these with changemakers across the country. The following blog showcases the voice of youth with lived/living experience. 

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