How Canada’s non-profits are supporting the vaccination rollout

As troubling reports surfaced last year outlining the disproportionately high positivity rates of COVID-19 in racialized communities, Toronto-based resident doctor Vivek Govardhanam and some of his colleagues noticed a concerning trend: the information broadcast by public health units and governments wasn’t always reaching the most vulnerable people. He was thinking specifically of first-generation Canadians and…

Canada’s non-profit sector needs to fund digital projects: CIRA

A report published in October found that digital development in Canada is not prioritized by the charitable sector, leaving projects such as rural broadband access and digital literacy “underfunded, piecemeal, ad hoc and unorganized.” The study, titled Unconnected: Funding Shortfalls, Policy Imbalances and How They Are Contributing to Canada’s Digital Underdevelopment, was produced by the…

Back to School in a Pandemic: COVID-19 Left Educators, Parents, and Students Frustrated and Forced to Innovate Throughout the Fall of 2020

For the past decade, Right To Play’s Promoting Life Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, which is led by youth mentors, has been working with Indigenous communities to help youth build leadership skills, resilience, and physical and mental health. I work at Right To Play and, since COVID hit, I’ve watched as program managers and…

A Day to Remember at the Annual Girls Conference/Une journée à se rappeler — le Congrès annuel des filles

Sophia Hanna is one of four winners of a 2019 writing contest for young women hosted by The Philanthropist and the Girls Conference. This article also appears in French below.  At the Annual Girls’ Conference, hosted by Mount Saint Vincent University and the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice, I interactively learned through both…

An Honest Reflection from a Black Girl’s Perspective

Malaya Douglas is one of four winners of a 2019 writing contest for young women hosted by The Philanthropist and the Girls Conference. This is my second time attending the Girls Conference at Mount Saint Vincent University, and it has improved since the first time.  The focus and themes are confidence building, leadership skills, personal and professional growth,…

GIRL emPOWERment

Lily Brigham-Gale is one of four winners of a 2019 writing contest for young women hosted by The Philanthropist and the Girls Conference.   I saw her sitting alone at a table, while all around her girls were talking and laughing in big groups of friends. I am a 16-year-old high school student from Bedford,…

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Policy Matters: Tesfai Mengesha

Later this year, Canadians will vote in the 43rd federal election. Many non-profit organizations, networks, and coalitions see elections as a critical opportunity to raise relevant public policy issues. Recently, the rules for charities engaging in public policy have become a prominent source of debate and discussion in government and the sector. As we countdown…