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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 11/07/2019

We spoke to 20 educators about what they need to bring human rights into the classroom.

For many of us, the classroom is the first place we hear about human rights. It’s at school that we learn about the right to vote, the right to be treated with dignity, and the right to practice our religions. But how do educators get ready to teach about rights? Earlier this year, I spoke […]

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Published on 19/06/2019

[Series: Rights-based participation] FMTA's Tenant School promotes tenant engagement and organizing by informing tenants of their rights and encouraging collaboration with fellow participants from various walks of life.

Informed participation is key to meaningful engagement in civic processes. When people know their rights and the systems within which they’re engaging, they’re better able to advocate for their rights and organize for social change. In the area of tenant rights, the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations (FMTA) has been working to promote informed participation […]

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Published on 21/05/2019

We as a city have the opportunity to be bold with our next ten-year housing and homelessness plan. It’s an opportunity too important to miss.

Not a day seems to go by that we don’t hear about how challenging it is to live in Toronto. Read any newspaper or watch any news broadcast and you’re bound to learn about a young family looking to buy their first home but being unable to break into the market. You might also learn […]

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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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