Can community safety groups replace (some) policing?

Why It Matters

Overpoliced communities are turning to grassroots organizations, often run by volunteers or underpaid workers, to keep the peace. Making space — and funding — for alternative public safety models could save lives.

“Totally unethical” charity wage disparities compound effects of inflation, pandemic

Why It Matters

Non-profits need staff to deliver programs, but without adequate funding they struggle to recruit and retain employees. Future funding models must take the full cost of doing business into account — and that means fairly compensating frontline workers.

How not to do holiday giving: “charity tourism” and old socks cost non-profits time and money

Why It Matters

Many people have the urge to help their fellow citizens over the winter holiday season. Thoughtful, well-informed donations can go a long way to assisting community serving organizations meet their clients’ needs, while unwanted items create a burden for service providers, however well intended.

Full video: Senator Ratna Omidvar on the state of the charitable sector’s modernization

Why It Matters

Over two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, charities and non-profits are still struggling to adapt. From retaining staff to moving their work online, there’s a massive need for modernization — in order to meet growing demand from devastated communities. Senator Omidvar says if the government had heeded the recommendations in Catalyst for Change, the sector could have shown much more resilience.

“Heal thyself”: Senator Ratna Omidvar on the state of the charitable sector’s modernization

Why It Matters

Over two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, charities and non-profits are still struggling to adapt. From retaining staff to moving their work online, there’s a massive need for modernization — in order to meet growing demand from devastated communities. Senator Omidvar says if the government had heeded the recommendations in Catalyst for Change, the sector could have shown much more resilience.

Modernization Progress 2022: We’re tracking every recommendation made by the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector — here’s the progress so far

Why It Matters

Putting pressure on the Canadian government to adopt all 42 recommendations by the Special Senate Committee will require a detailed understanding of how implementation is falling short of the sector’s expectations.