Stories of change

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.
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Building connections

Published on 14/02/2017

For people in Canada living on low incomes, tax time is an important opportunity to tap into a wide array of federal and provincial tax benefits that can give a real boost to their incomes.

As tax time approaches, many of us may feel like shrinking from the task of tax filing, especially with the prospect that we may end up owing, rather than pocketing, money at the end of the process. For people in Canada living on low incomes however, tax time is an important opportunity to tap into […]

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Organizing for change

Published on 30/01/2017

Internationally, and across Canada, the Fight for $15 and Fairness and Living Wage movements aim to improve working conditions so that people can gain access to decent jobs, are protected at work, and stay out of poverty.

If adequately addressed, income security through employment can produce benefits and outcomes that cascade into other areas of a person’s experience of poverty and, ultimately, an escape from poverty. For example, we know that having secure employment that includes a full range of benefits and a possible career path, also known as a “Standard Employment […]

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Changing the narrative

Published on 25/01/2017

Putting new, relevant information in front of an audience is the best way to shape the public agenda.

To change the way an audience talks and thinks about an issue, you need to be in the media consistently. But you can’t do that with opinion pieces alone. No matter how smart you are, you can only have so many opinion pieces published – and that limits your potential for impact. Rob Steiner, Director […]

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Building connections

Published on 16/12/2016

Program allows people to connect with employers, health care, vital community services, as well as with each other, while maintaining their privacy and dignity.

When a person is phoneless and disconnected from society, a chronic deprivation of power and resources occurs. Without a phone, access to employment, training, health care and housing is denied. The current system requires you to phone, fax, email or google a website for advancement of any kind. The City of Prince George has found […]

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Organizing for change

Published on 16/11/2016

Examples of what committed groups of citizens are doing to support lower-income members of the vibrant inner-city neighbourhood of Parkdale.

On Wednesday, September 29, 2016, approximately 30 individuals attending the Tamarack Community Change Conference filed onto a bus to travel to Toronto’s vibrant Parkdale neighbourhood for an innovations in poverty reduction workshop and walking tour. Our first stop on the tour was the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC), where we were greeted by Executive Director […]

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Strengthening leadership

Published on 13/10/2016

Non-profit organizations with strong governance are more resilient and better prepared to navigate change and disruption.

Non-profits organizations with strong governance are more resilient and better prepared to navigate change and disruption

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Building connections

Published on 05/10/2016

Relationships matter, and nurturing them is some of the hardest work that we do.

If you affect relationships at the local level, you are working for global change. – Frances Westley, J.W. McConnell Chair in social innovation, University of Waterloo It isn’t just a sound bite. The reason it was tweeted and retweeted dozens of times after Frances Westley’s keynote address at Tamarack’s Community Change Institute (CCI 2016) is […]

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Changing the narrative

Published on 15/09/2016

Reflecting on what the ten months of Super InTent City have meant to the people who have made the place a community.

August 12, 2016, 3:30 a.m.: The last tent is coming down from the courthouse lawn on the corner of 850 Burdett Street in Victoria. As the last remaining residents of what was Super InTent City (SIC) peacefully leave the grounds, I experience a moment of great sadness. I reflect on what the last ten months […]

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Building connections

Published on 24/08/2016

Addressing an increasingly complex range of social housing issues through conversations.

Around this time last year, I was invited to co-edit an anthology exploring inclusive city-building. I’d recently completed a photo essay documenting the social housing community where I lived before my mother completed her post-secondary education and moved us out. She was eager to leave behind all memories of social housing. For her, our time […]

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