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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Organizing for change

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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Changing the narrative

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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Strengthening leadership

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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Organizing for change

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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Changing the narrative

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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Changing the narrative

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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Changing the narrative

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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Changing the narrative

Published on 18/01/2018

Every year, YPI empowers high school students to develop an understanding of social issues and become key decision-makers in their communities. Now the organization is adding a new dimension to its model: building a culture of human rights to deepen student engagement.

At a high school in Toronto, a group of students is working on creating a social safety net – quite literally.  Within the fictional community they’ve created in their interactive workshop, the students are matching community members facing challenges to their rights with social services that address those challenges. Each student must make a connection […]

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Organizing for change

Published on 14/12/2017

Twenty years ago, Dufferin Grove Park began to convert a small rink change room into a community hub. Now there’s a skate-lending program for just $2 and an inclusive skating community.

Twenty years ago, a rink change room in Dufferin Grove Park, used only for about three months a year, began to be converted into a small year-round neighbourhood clubhouse. This happened without a middle man or architect. The conversion took place as small grants became available – step-by-step and piecemeal, and as useful changes suggested […]

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