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Foundation's Op-Ed in the Winnipeg Free Press
On August 28, the Winnipeg Free Press published Stephen Huddart's Op-Ed, Charity must play bigger role in aboriginal issues, in response to Don Marks' article  First Nations rarely see charity meant
for them,
published on August 18.
Read the Op-Ed here.
Organizing Urbanism
Interview with Jayne Engle
In the latest issue of Alternatives Journal, Cities for People (C4P) Lead Curator, Jayne Engle talks about community resilience, and how the C4P initiative is contributing to building better cities. Read the complete interview here
To learn more about the Foundation's Cities for People initiative, visit
for registered charities
Registered charities and registered Canadian amateur athletic associations that are currently incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act need to apply for a certificate of continuance to transition to the Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) by October 17, 2014, or risk losing their registered status.
To learn more about the NFP Act, visit the Canada Revenue Agency, here.
SIX 2014 highlights
 SIX Vancouver 2014
video highlights
Click here to watch.
The Empathy Keystone
In The Game Has Changed: The Empathy Keystone, SiG's Kelsey Spitz reflects following SIX Vancouver 2014 on empathy as a keystone of social innovation.
Read Kelsey's blog post here
Events & opportunities
For SOCIAL INNOVATION resources and materials, visit the SiG Knowledge Hub.
August News
Cities for People
Issue of Spacing Magazine

The Cities for People national edition of Spacing Magazine —a collaboration between the magazine and the Foundation's Cities for People initiative—shares articles and stories focused on livable civic spaces, social-purpose arts, the shared economy, and empowering citizens to reappropriate their cities.
To order the Cities for People special issue of Spacing Magazine, visit
To learn more about the Foundation's Cities for People initiative, visit
Montreal Release Party! 
Join the Foundation and Spacing Magazine on Wednesday, September 10 from 6-10pm at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, as we celebrate the release of the Cities for People French special issue. This event is free and open to the public. Come get your copy! For event details, click here.
Institutional Food Fund Grants 
The Institutional Food Program, part of the Foundation’s Sustainable Food Systems initiative, seeks to increase the supply of fresh, local, and sustainable food in public institutions in Canada, prompting supply chain shifts towards more sustainable food systems. The Foundation is partnering on this program with Food Secure Canada (FSC), who will be providing Institutional Food Fund recipients with technical support and coordinating a learning group. Grantees will learn from each other and experts in the field, sharing successes and challenges in shifting to more local and sustainable procurement.
The Foundation received over 20 applications to the Institutional Food Fund from institutions with strong measures of readiness to change their procurement practices and supply chain relationships. Almost half of the applications were from the health care sector—including long-term care facilities which typically have more flexibility in addressing the limitations of $7 - $8 per patient for raw food costs by adapting menus to better accommodate the typically seasonal local food supply chain. Nevertheless, selected projects include institutions from the post-secondary, public school, and health sectors from across Canada.
Work with these individual institutions will be complemented by engagement with governments and the private sector and communications efforts in order to create a shared agenda for more sustainable institutional food.
Grants approved in this round—ranging from $40,000 to $75,000, and totalling $450,000—have been made to the following projects:
Concordia University, QC – to hire a Sustainable Food System Manager to develop and implement a system and structure to track sustainable food benchmarks and support their implementation in various dining operations on campus.
Centre de santé et service sociaux (CSSS) des Sommets, QC – to increase local, sustainable food in cafeterias, patient meals, and vending machines of  three long-term care facilities and a hospital in the Laurentians region of Quebec.
District scolaire francophone Sud, NB – to expand their community-run entrepreneurial school cafeterias in New Brunswick, sourcing primarily from the producer cooperative La Récolte de Chez Nous.
Ecology Action Centre, NS – to work in partnership with the provincial health care buying group, Nova Scotia Health Care Purchasing Ltd, to pilot sourcing local, sustainable seafood in three  long-term health care facilities and a hospital in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Edmonton Northlands, AB – to facilitate a working group of large institutions and distributors to leverage the group’s buying power for increasing local food purchases. 
Équiterre, QC – to work with the Centre de santé et service sociaux (CSSS) de la Pointe de l’Île in Montreal to increase procurement of local fruits and vegetables in long-term care facilities and staff training on utilizing seasonal produce delivered in partnership with the culinary program of the regional school board.
Farm Folk/City Folk, BC – to continue their Learning Lab process working with school food stakeholders including the Vancouver School Boards’ major broad line supplier on opportunities to increase local purchasing and promoting the use of seasonally based menus in schools.
North Island College, BC – to increase local, sustainable food served on campus and to strategically build the capacity of local producers and distributors to supply large health care institutions in the Comox Valley.
2014 Social Finance Forum
On November 6 and 7 at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, join over 300 attendees, 65 speakers, and leading practitioners for the 2014 Social Finance Forum: Building Markets that Matter.
This year, the Forum will partner with organizations in the field to design and deliver content across a number of themes, each to be explored by hands-on workshops focusing on going deeper into designing and developing strategies that advance social finance goals.
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