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Sherri Torjman 
The Canada Social Report Needs You

This blog was written in preparation for the webinar on the Canada Social Report that is being hosted by the Tamarack Institute on August 26. The blog discusses the purpose of this initiative and its value to users. It describes the statistical, program and evaluative data presented in the Canada Social Report. Current and potential users are invited to provide feedback and to identify their data needs.

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12
Aug
 

Sherri Torjman 
Policies that Build (caring) Community

This blog is based on the keynote address on Policies that Build Community delivered at the national Seeking Community gathering hosted by the Tamarack Institute in Kitchener-Waterloo in June 2014. The full address and associated slides are forthcoming. The first component of building community involves designing the context and spaces that enable community members to spend time together and to participate as active members. It is based on principles related to clean and green places, mixed use, accessibility and engagement. The second component of building community entails supporting the various ways in which we care for each other. This talk focuses upon the important informal types of care involving families, friends and neighbours. They include personal communities, circles of support, long dinner tables and community celebration. Public policy helps shape the context of the community as well as the content of what it offers. Through public policy, governments enable us to build (caring) community: to design for well-being and to care about each other.

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20
Aug
 

Sherri Torjman 
15 Years of CCEDNet: Taking Flight Together

This blog was written in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. The founding members of that network were asked to submit their thoughts on the roots of this pan-Canadian movement.

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03
Jun
 

Sherri Torjman 
The glass is more full than empty...

This blog was prepared at the request of a University of Ottawa project that is encouraging dialogue on the progress of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The blog argues that the province still has a way to go in meeting its original target of reducing child poverty by 25 percent in five years. However, important progress has been made especially because of the introduction of the Ontario Child Benefit and subsequent increases in that measure as well as the Ontario minimum wage. Increases in both wages and transfers, not surprisingly, have a direct and immediate impact upon poverty. Other interventions, such as investments in early childhood development and full-day kindergarten, may not show short-term results in reducing poverty. They are, nonetheless, crucial to poverty reduction and to social and economic well-being over the long term.

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03
Jun
 

Sherri Torjman 
Lessons from the Data Rescue Crowdfunding Campaign

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10
Oct
 

Sherri Torjman 
The War on Poverty or the Weapon of Choice?

Musings on Our Crowdfunding Campaign

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26
Sep
 

Sherri Torjman 
The 150-Second Challenge

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13
Sep
 

Sherri Torjman 
In Case You Missed It

Canada’s Omnibus Bill repeals the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act

Repeal of Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act reduces federal capacity to advance social protections through procurement policy

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18
Jun
 

Sherri Torjman 
Launch of the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus

There is no shortage of poverty-related issues for the newly-formed Caucus to address

Social housing is in jeopardy as federal provincial/territorial agreements expire

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13
Jun
 

Ken Battle 
Do No Harm

Ottawa’s increase in the age of retirement for Old Age Security violates the first principle of social policy

The first principle of social policy: help the poor. Its flip side: do no harm to the poor.

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04
Jun
 

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Why core housing need is a poor metric to measure outcomes of Canada's national housing strategy

Steve Pomeroy, June 27, 2017

This essay examines the overlap of welfare assistance and core housing need in the context of proposed targets for

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