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July 2018

Maytree opinion

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Think education in Ontario doesn’t need to be protected as a human right? Think again

The challenges facing Ontario’s students do not begin and end with comprehensive sexual health education or inadequate attention to Indigenous perspectives. Our province has an education problem that goes much deeper: too many Ontario students are facing a violation of their fundamental right to education. Read the opinion

Featured articles

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Dear Minister: Now is the time to clarify the rules governing ‘political activity’ by charities

The recent decision of Justice Morgan in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that existing limits on non-partisan political activities by charities are not valid. In this letter, Alan Broadbent and Elizabeth McIsaac urge Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier to clarify the rules governing “political activity” by charities. Read the letter

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Intergenerational policies and programs: paper by Sherri Torjman

Sherri Torjman explores intergenerational policies and programs in the context of Canadian social policy, focusing on three key objectives: reducing income inequality, lowering costs for future generations, and promoting good health and well-being. Read the paper

Takeaways from the Maytree Policy School

We’ve just wrapped up the first year of the Maytree Policy School. In this article, program participant Christine Durant, Director of the Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward, writes about her experience. Read the article

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Social policy making still stealthy after all these years

Changes to income support and replacement programs in Canada are often made by stealth. As Ken Battle writes, the complexity of the programs shields governments from criticism. Read the article

Knowledge and learning

Sharpening your message for maximum impact – webinar recording

Whether it’s your MP, MPP, mayor or other political leader, how do you make the most of your opportunity with a decision maker? In this webinar, moderator Ige Egal talked to Liz Mulholland, CEO of Prosper Canada, about best practices to craft the right message for maximum impact. This was the fourth in a five-part webinar series on strengthening your nonprofit’s capacity to engage in public policy co-presented by Maytree and the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Watch the video

Book excerpt: How to craft the vision of your non-profit organization

Leading an organization means you will need to craft its mission and be clear on its purpose. You will have to answer the question: What is the core business for your organization? Franca Gucciardi and Alan Broadbent share some advice on how to craft a vision in this excerpt from their book You’re It! Shared Wisdom for Successfully Leading Organizations From Both a Seasoned and a First-Time CEO. Read the excerpt

Partner and network news

Ontario Human Rights Commission releases 2017-18 annual report
Impact today highlights the OHRC’s key initiatives from the past year with respect to reconciliation, poverty, education, and criminal justice, and outlines priorities for the next fiscal year. Read the report
City of Toronto releases Community Conversation Guide for Poverty Reduction Strategy
The City of Toronto is inviting residents to inform the second phase of its Poverty Reduction Strategy using the Community Conversation Guide, available online. Residents can organize conversations in their own neighbourhoods across the city and submit information to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office until August 31, 2018. Learn more and participate
Tamarack Institute’s Community Change Festival is now open for registration
Over four days (Oct. 1-4), explore the five competencies every community changemaker needs to move from ideas, to practice, to impact. Through workshops, open space dialogue, and immersive tours, go deep into one approach or advance your skills in each. Learn more and register
Nonprofit Driven: Driving Change Together
Network with hundreds of nonprofit leaders this fall. ONN’s Nonprofit Driven 2018 (Oct. 10-11) is two full days of interactive and insightful plenary sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities to help individuals, their organizations, and the nonprofit sector. Learn more
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