December News

ENRICHES: Caring for the caregivers

On a recent visit to the long-term care hospital, Filippo noticed that his brother hadn’t eaten all day. “He was with a group of people, drinking coffee and talking too much,” laughs Filippo. He’s in his seventies and regularly cares for his sibling, who’s recovering from a stroke. “I helped him to eat some fruit, and I collected his clothes to wash.”

As a primary caregiver, Filippo spends two or three days per week providing support to his brother, but he needs support himself, as do tens of thousands of senior caregivers in Toronto. A new collaborative called ENRICHES — one of nine such initiatives supported by the federal government and the Foundation’s Innoweave initiative — is attempting to fill the gap.
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Walrus Talks Social Innovation: An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

In an open letter to the Prime Minister, Stephen Huddart called on government and civil society to collaborate on social innovation in order to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Stephen presented the letter at The Walrus Talks Social Innovation in Toronto, November 22.
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A Nation Healing Through Stories

“Understanding is coming, reconciliation is on its way, slowly but surely. And it all starts with telling our own stories,” says Pam Chookomoolin of Journalists for Human Rights. In a new blog, Pam discusses how reporting on and by Indigenous people has changed in the past five years.
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Canada's first social impact bond in health

MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Public Health Agency of Canada, in association with Shoppers Drug Mart, have launched the country’s first national social impact bond. The $4-million SIB will pay for a large scale Community Hypertension Prevention Initiative designed to demonstrate that pre-hypertensive adults can effectively lower their blood pressure through lifestyle changes. A SIB is a form of “pay for success” financing in which private investors cover the costs of testing an innovation, gaining profit — or loss — depending on how well the innovation performs. Not to be confused with ‘offloading’ by governments, SIBs offer a way for the public sector to accelerate "Social R&D" — developing innovative programs by sharing the risk among various funders. Once new models are proven, they can be taken to scale. The Foundation is one of the investors.
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Getting to Moonshot

Social Innovation Generation’s Getting to Moonshot: Inspiring R&D practices in Canada’s social impact sector presents over 50 inspiring research and development practices from across Canada, including GrantBook’s digital simulations and MATCH International Women’s Fund’s 15% staff time for experimentation, among others. The report was written by SiG Fellow Vinod Rajasekaran.

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Hungry for Knowledge

In the largest cross-campus study on student food insecurity in Canada to date, Meal Exchange examined student access to food, the barriers that limit access, and the physical, emotional, and social impacts on youth. The report finds that food insecurity is a serious issue, with nearly two in five (39%) of surveyed students experiencing some degree of food insecurity in the past year.

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Workshop series: Using Social Innovation Labs to Address Complex Challenges
Application deadline: December 15

Are you are interested in understanding social innovation labs as a way to address complex issues? From January to June 2017, Innoweave and MaRS Solutions Lab will offer a series of virtual workshops for organizations that want to start a lab or who want to apply lab approaches in their work.

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Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative call for proposals
Submission deadline: December 16


The Northern Manitoba Food, Culture and Community Collaborative is seeking applications for food-related community economic development projects located in northern Manitoba. The NMFCCC seeks to foster healthier, stronger communities in the region, through improved access to healthy foods and the development of resilient local economies.

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Students, take on the Skoll Global Challenge
Application deadline: December 20


The Skoll Global Challenge, which asks participants to demonstrate a deep understanding of a social or environmental issue by reviewing current solutions and identifying opportunities for positive change, is now open to students and recent graduates from Canadian higher education institutions.

The winning applicants will be awarded one of two $2500 cash prizes and a chance to present their findings at the Global Challenge Final at the University of Oxford.  


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