This story is part of the Future of Good editorial fellowship covering the social impact world’s rapidly changing funding models, supported by Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada.
On April 4, 2019 Julia DaSilva and a group of about 20 other students gathered on the steps of Victoria College at the University of Toronto, preparing to storm a board of regents meeting taking place inside. They wielded colourful signs — “Keep oil in the soil,” “Divestment timeline now,” — and a five-foot banner that loudly proclaimed: “It’s not an investment if it wrecks the planet.”
After the rally, students marched into the lobby of the imposing building. The boardroom door was unlocked so they chanted their way inside, presenting board members with
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