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Maytree Newsletter - Poverty • Rights • Change
August 2019
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As summer draws to a close, the fall federal election looms large on the horizon. Many of us are preparing to evaluate electoral platforms and consider if they will lead us forward to the kind of future we envision. What priorities should drive public policy? How do we arrive at the right balance of social, economic, fiscal, and political considerations? These are not new questions to those of us working in public policy, but the election is an opportunity to rethink and rearticulate our guiding principles.

In that spirit, I’d like to share with you this piece from earlier in the summer about how prioritizing human rights can help us find the clarity we need to make good policy decisions. And if you’re curious about the issues your colleagues will be following in the upcoming election, I recommend taking a look at Policy Matters, an online series curated by The Philanthropist that asks a range of non-profit leaders about the policy issues they’d like to see highlighted in the upcoming election.

In this month’s newsletter, you'll find an analysis of why the Ontario government’s planned cancellation of the Transition Child Benefit is bad policy; six practical ideas on how to design advisory councils for the participation of experts with lived/living experience from Bee Lee Soh, anti-poverty activist and member of the City of Toronto's Lived Experience Advisory Group; and a new report on how to expand affordable rental stock in Canada’s cities from the Urban Project. 

In September, we’ll be opening up applications for Maytree Policy School 2020. If you’re interested in expanding your organization’s capacity to engage in policy work, do take a look at the program details below and consider applying. We have better laws, programs, and decisions to address our changing realities when non-profits are working to advance evidence-based policy solutions.

Thank you for your continued interest in Maytree’s work and thinking.

Elizabeth McIsaac
President, Maytree

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Cancelling the Transition Child Benefit in Ontario is bad policy

The announced cancellation of the Transition Child Benefit will have devastating long-term consequences for many families in Ontario. It will also have an impact on other services like housing and healthcare. In fact, the long-term costs could easily outweigh the short-term savings. Read the opinion

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How to design advisory councils for the participation of experts with lived/living experience 

Anti-poverty activist and lived expert Bee Lee Soh shares her ideas on how to better design advisory councils for the participation of experts with lived/living experience of poverty. Read the story
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Cathy Crowe on her new memoirs and what it will take to move forward in the fight for adequate housing

We spoke to the long-time social justice activist and street nurse about her new memoirs and how to encourage people to take action for social change. Read the interview
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Rental housing in Canada’s cities: challenges and responses 

A new report prepared for the Urban Project provides a historical overview of rental policy in Canada and looks at a number of potential mechanisms cities could draw on to both expand the production of affordable rental stock and address the erosion of existing affordable rental stock. Read the report

Maytree Policy School 2020

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Applications opening soon 

Do you lead your organization’s policy work? Are you looking to build your capacity to effect change? If yes, stay tuned — information about Maytree Policy School 2020 will be released next month. Learn more about the program

Partner and network news

Apply to the National Housing Council: Applications now open until October 14

The CMHC is looking for applicants with professional experience and/or lived experience pertaining to housing need and homelessness to be part of the National Housing Council. The council will provide advice to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on the effectiveness of the National Housing Strategy. Applicants should also have expertise in human rights. Learn more and apply

Join Toronto in celebrating the first ever Not-for-Profit Recognition Day on October 2 

The Toronto Nonprofit Network (TNN) is working with the City of Toronto to launch a Not-for-Profit Recognition Day to mark the contributions of the non-profit sector to city building. TNN is currently inviting Toronto-based non-profit organizations to sign up to help celebrate the achievements of the sector on October 2. Learn more and sign up

Attend Scarborough Civic Action Network’s (SCAN) 2019 Community Summit on September 24 

The Community Summit aims to bring together Scarborough residents, community leaders, and community stakeholders to jointly create SCAN’s 2019-2020 Action Mandate, a blueprint for addressing the civic priorities identified by Scarborough residents through our annual summit survey. Translation and childminding are available upon request. Learn more and register
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