Kirsti Battista's blog

Next Week - Population Level Data and Poverty Reduction in Quebec

We have some great online learning opportunities coming up on Nov 30 and Dec 1 that will likely be of interest to Cities Reducing Poverty convenors and/or members of poverty reduction initiatives.

Meet the Members: Cities Reducing Poverty national directory now online

Download the 2017 Cities Reducing Poverty national directory to learn more about the governance, priorities, funding sources and expertise and challenges of our membership.

Honouring a Leader and her Legacy

On July 7, the world lost a devoted community advocate and leader, Toronto Deputy Mayor and City Councillor Pam McConnell, at the age of 71.

When Business is Engaged in Poverty Reduction

Tamarack’s Vibrant Communities Canada hosted its third annual summit, Cities Reducing Poverty: When Business is Engaged, at the Hamilton Convention Centre from April 4-6, 2017.

Securing fair employment and income: Where Living Wage and the Fight for $15 and Fairness intersect

The living wage and Fight for $15 and Fairness movements, while seemingly different on the surface, are not so divergent when you compare their end goals: to secure fair employment and income for workers who might otherwise fall victim to precarious employment.

New ‘Active Citizens Social Enterprise’ Youth Training Launched

Active Citizens Social Enterprise (ACSE)is a social leadership training programme that provides opportunity to young Canadians between the ages of 18-35 from diverse backgrounds, to learn about and experiment with social innovation through intercultural dialogue and community-led social development.

Parkdale and the People’s Economy Project: Highlights of a CCI Study Tour

On Wednesday, September 29th, 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. Learn about PARC's incredible neighbourhood strategy for creating a vibrant local economy.

Experts by experience in poverty and social exclusion

In a Federal Public Service pilot project in Belgium, experts by experience were hired to “find new ways to reduce the divide between our very poorest citizens and the rest of society, implement their rights, and exercise their citizenship” through a project devoted to developing a new strategy to combat poverty.

Consult on National Housing Strategy, Accessibility Legislation and Poverty Reduction Strategy Study

Three federal consultations related to national initiatives that will address housing, accessibility, and poverty reduction are currently open for public feedback.

Citizen-Led Innovation for a New Economy

This webinar will introduce you to a new collection of cases from Canada and the USA, edited by Alison Mathie and John Gaventa of the Coady International Institute, profiling examples of citizen-led innovation for a new economy. One of the cases featured is Vivre Saint Michel en Santé (VSMS), one of Tamarack Institute's "Vibrant Communities."