These stories highlight what organizations and individuals are doing to reduce poverty and strengthen their communities, as well as how and why they do the work that they do.
Published on 10/02/2021
Reimagining and rebuilding our cities and municipalities on the principles of human rights is needed to ensure a more equitable recovery and future post COVID-19. The old organizing principles simply won’t do.
The belief that smaller government and unfettered markets are best able to meet our individual and societal needs has been the main organizing principle shaping western societies over the past 40 years. It has been used to rationalize cuts to vital community programs and services, or even the complete withdrawal of government from key social […]
Published on 18/01/2021
Community-led interventions matter more than ever during COVID-19; they will be integral to an equitable recovery.
Across Ontario over the last ten months, we’ve seen how vital community-based responses are for ensuring people can stay safe and healthy during the pandemic. We’ve seen neighbours checking in on each other, people volunteering to deliver food and other essentials, and service providers supporting isolated and vulnerable people. We’ve also seen innovation, including technology […]
Published on 15/12/2020
To respond to the challenges and financial hardship workers in their networks are facing, the OEERC and the Workers’ Action Centre, alongside community partners, have been working hard to come up with ways to provide support.
The low-wage, immigrant, racialized, and migrant workers we work with at the Ontario Employment Education and Research Centre (OEERC) have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Many work in temporary, part-time, contract, or precarious jobs, and often in more than one workplace. Even before the pandemic, many workers […]
Using peer leadership at The Stop Community Food Centre to evaluate and grow its Community Action Program
Published on 20/11/2020
Exploring the importance of peer leadership in the non-profit sector, the experiences of peers as community advocates, and the “grey area” that peer roles sometimes put them in.
The Stop Community Food Centre may be renowned for offerings like our healthy food bank, community kitchens, and drop-in meals, but we know that charitable interventions aren’t a solution to chronic food insecurity in our city. Instead, our mission is to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and […]
Published on 27/10/2020
Interview with chef and activist Joshna Maharaj about her book Take Back the Tray.
Food is our common denominator as humans. We need it to heal, to grow, and to thrive. It’s a source of strength, joy, connection, and life. Good food nourishes us, and it’s time for us do the same for our food system. So let’s take back dignity, hospitality, sustainability, and equality. Joshna Maharaj, Take Back […]
Published on 25/09/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has put our democracy at a crossroads. The path we choose now will shape our future. Are we going to further strengthen our democracy and affirm our commitments to human rights, equity and justice? Or do we double-down on the pre-pandemic status quo?
The COVID-19 pandemic has put our democracy at a crossroads. The path we choose now will shape our future. Are we going to further strengthen our democracy and affirm our commitments to human rights, equity and justice? Or do we double-down on the pre-pandemic status quo? When we put “democracy” and “human rights” in the […]
Published on 25/08/2020
Interview with Sukanya Pillay, an international and Canadian constitutional lawyer, about her new podcast, JUST PLANET: Laws, Life and Global Crises.
The COVID-19 pandemic is only one crisis of many that we’re experiencing. But it compounds many other crises such as anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism, climate change, and extreme inequality. What can be done to address these crises and is there a way out? That is the starting point for Sukanya Pillay’s just launched podcast, […]
Published on 11/05/2020
[Five Good Ideas: Home Office Series] Marco Campana shares his five good ideas for nonprofit organizations to connect deeply with their clients and communities and to start thinking about what their work might look like in the post-pandemic new normal.
To help us navigate a new way of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re reaching out to experts in our network and asking them to share their five good ideas on issues that matter to non-profit professionals. We will share their responses in our new “Five Good Ideas: Home Office Series.” In this post, Marco […]
Published on 06/05/2020
[Five Good Ideas: Home Office Series] Christine Yip shares her five good ideas about how you can maintain morale while managing a remote team.
To help us navigate a new way of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re reaching out to experts in our network and asking them to share their five good ideas on issues that matter to non-profit professionals. We will share their responses in our new “Five Good Ideas: Home Office Series.” In this post, Christine […]