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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 15/05/2019

The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights, a radio documentary series produced by Jazz.FM91 and funded by Maytree, focuses on the role of jazz in the fight for human rights.

The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights is a four-part radio documentary series produced by Jazz.FM91 and funded by Maytree. Each episode focuses on the role of jazz in the fight for human rights: Jazz’s role in the fight for civil rights, in economic rights and in women’s rights, and the music’s deployment around the […]

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Published on 30/04/2019

The loss of civility that we witness in the public sphere south of the border seems to have crept north. It's time to break free from the stranglehold of the daily barrage of accusations and refocus on substance in policy.

Whatever happened to the country where substance was considered important? Where serious issues were subject to intelligent discussion, scrutiny and debate? Unfortunately, our public policy conversations recently were hijacked by a daily barrage of accusations. For months, Canadians were held hostage to a never-ending political drama in Ottawa that had little to do with our […]

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Published on 24/04/2019

[Series: Rights-based participation] The co-chairs of the ODSP Action Coalition write about the Coalition and its approaches to ensuring leadership of people with lived experience on ODSP. This is the latest installment of our blog series on rights-based participation.

For this installment of our series on rights-based participation, we reached out to Patricia Smiley and Kyle Vose, co-chairs of the ODSP Action Coalition, to learn more about the Coalition, the organization’s approaches to ensuring the leadership of those with lived experience, and how they deal with the challenges that arise in collaborative decision-making. The […]

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Published on 27/03/2019

[Series: Rights-based participation] For housing providers and practitioners taking a rights-based approach to community renewal, Lawrence Heights offers important lessons on fulfilling tenants’ rights to participate. This is the latest installment of our blog series on rights-based participation.

For the second piece in our blog series on rights-based participation, we reached out to Carmen Smith, Toronto Community Housing’s former Manager, Community Renewal and Revitalization in Lawrence Heights. She writes about how TCH worked with tenants to ensure tenant leadership, engagement, and participation at all stages of the revitalization process.  Many of you working […]

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Published on 25/02/2019

[Series: Rights-based participation] Emily Paradis launches Maytree’s new blog series on rights-based participation of, and accountability to, people with lived experience of poverty in policy processes.

For the first installment of our new blog series on rights-based participation, we reached out to Maytree fellow and activist scholar Emily Paradis to outline the challenges in ensuring meaningful participation of people with lived experience of poverty. I’m honoured to have been invited to launch Maytree’s new blog series on rights-based participation of, and […]

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Published on 24/01/2019

[Series: Rights-based participation] The idea that people with lived experience of poverty should be directly involved in the decision-making processes that affect their lives is becoming widely accepted. But to what degree has this engagement been meaningful and impactful?

When we started to explore solutions to poverty using a human rights approach, one of the core issues we looked at was the participation of people with lived experience of poverty in the decisions that affect their lives. Any policy-maker needs to ensure that people with lived experience of poverty are part of all stages […]

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Published on 10/12/2018

December 10 is Human Rights Day and 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We asked thirteen leaders for one concrete action to take to stand up for human rights.

December 10 marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That document, which lays out the inalienable rights that belong to all of us, stands as a symbol of the progress we have made in seeing and respecting the fundamental dignity of all persons, even as it reminds us […]

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Published on 26/11/2018

To get a better understanding of what the right to education looks like in Canada, Maytree is partnering with People for Education, an independent, non-partisan, charitable organization working to support and advance public education through research, policy analysis, and public engagement.

Too often, the right to education — a fundamental human right as laid out in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — is understood as an issue facing individuals and communities outside of Canada. We think about a lack of schools, teachers or textbooks, or unequal access to schools for girls and […]

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Published on 29/10/2018

How do we recognize that housing is a human right and not a commodity? We spoke to UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha about The Shift, a global movement aimed at reclaiming the right to housing.

How do we recognize that housing is a human right and not a commodity? That’s the question being tackled by The Shift, a global movement aimed at reclaiming the right to housing. We spoke to UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha, who has been spearheading the movement for the past year. What is The Shift? The […]

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