Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Helping Others or Helping Yourself? The COVID-19 Pandemic and WE Charity Scandal Have Forced a Long Overdue Discussion About Volunteering in Canada

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged in March, Bayan Khatib knew she had to act quickly. The executive director of the Syrian Canadian Foundation was in charge of a program that taught English to newcomers to set them on the path to integration, and another that funded and mentored refugee women who want to become entrepreneurs….

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Nowhere to Go: Advocates Hope COVID-19 Will Force Governments to Finally Address Canada’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Earlier this spring, as Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood eased towards reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown, a local non-profit and a group of private donors banded together to purchase a $7.2 million rooming house with 38 affordable rental units. It’s the third property acquired by the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) over a six-month period in the tenant-dominated…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Case Study in Advocacy: How National Youth Serving Agencies Came Together to Help Government Create the Prime Minister’s Youth Council

This is the third piece in a new series about advocacy work in our sector.   Four years ago, 20 youth-serving organizations collaborated to create and shape a small piece of public policy: the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. It is not an earth-shattering achievement or priority, to be sure, but our efforts provide useful lessons…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

“The most private public inquiry I have ever seen’’: Alberta non-profit leaders concerned about the fall-out from Jason Kenney’s “anti-Alberta” probe

When Jason Kenney strode to the podium to announce his inquiry into “anti-Alberta” activities by environmental advocates who receive foreign funding, he had the inquiry’s answer in his prepared remarks. “For over a decade, a well-funded foreign campaign has defamed Alberta’s energy industry and sought to land-lock our oil,’’ the Alberta premier said. “The reputational…

Canada’s International Development Sector Hoping for Increased Aid Spending in 2020 After Years of Declining Contributions

There are few Canadian policy areas with a wider gulf between perception and reality than foreign aid. Canadians routinely and dramatically overestimate the generosity of a government that is perceived as being deeply altruistic, when, in fact, it is increasingly miserly. A Nanos poll done for the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)…