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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 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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Published on 13/09/2018

We spoke to Karen Lai and Marie-Eve Dubé, two individuals with lived experience of income insecurity, about participating in the 2018 ABLE Financial Empowerment Conference.

In May 2018, the ABLE Financial Empowerment Conference, hosted by the ABLE Steering Committee and supported by Prosper Canada and Family Services of Greater Vancouver, brought together practitioners, researchers, and advocates to discuss financial empowerment in a variety of contexts. One of the goals of the conference was to ensure the participation and engagement of […]

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Published on 27/07/2018

The opportunity to shape the programs and services that matter, and to come out of silos – including government working in silos – is an opportunity to create long-term sustained change.

When I joined the Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward as their Director in 2016, building a community action plan for poverty reduction was just one of the activities I would be taking on as part of a complex project plan. The overall goal of the work was divided into two parts: Ensure that people who […]

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Published on 26/06/2018

It has become commonplace to talk about the impact of social media on campaigns for change. Here are five tips on how you can use social media to grow your movement.

Last year, after years of organizing, workers won a $14 minimum wage and better labour laws, including ten personal emergency leave days and equal pay for equal work for part-time and temporary workers. The Fight for $15 and Fairness, a grassroots movement led by workers, labour groups, community organizations, faith leaders, and more, was instrumental […]

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Published on 20/06/2018

Maytree’s Kate Butler spoke to Stephen Hurley, founder of VoicEd Radio, about teaching young people about human rights, and encouraging students to engage with their communities.

Maytree’s Kate Butler spoke to Stephen Hurley, founder of VoicEd Radio, about teaching young people about human rights, and encouraging students to engage with their communities Transcript [Stephen]: You’re listening to voicEd Radio. Welcome to Teaching the Heart with the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. I’m Stephen Hurley. Welcome. This is a podcast where we’re highlighting […]

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Published on 27/04/2018

What do young people envision when they think of the right to housing? Kate Butler, Maytree’s Human Rights and Learning Lead, shares five things she learned from discussing the right to housing with high school students in Ontario.

Late last year, as I listened to federal politicians and policy makers talk about the National Housing Strategy and the right to housing, I wondered how children and youth would understand this idea. How would they react? While the right to housing is outlined in many international agreements (such as the Universal Declaration of Human […]

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Published on 08/03/2018

We spoke to Lori Kleinsmith, health promoter with Bridges Community Health Centre Port Colborne, and member of the OHRC Community Advisory Group, about the state of oral care in Canada, and the need for rights-based advocacy to universal dental care.

Let’s begin with the numbers. An estimated 32 per cent of Canadians don’t have dental insurance. According to a report released by the Canadian Dental Association, 53 per cent of adults between the ages of 60 and 79 are uninsured, as are 50 per cent of low-income Canadians. Every year, tens of thousands of patients […]

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