January News
Working to make Montreal more innovative, inclusive and resilient
The Foundation is pleased to announce its participation in Amplifier Montreal, a collaboration between Montreal organizations and citizens focused on making Montreal more innovative, inclusive and resilient. Amplifier Montreal seeks to amplify the work of transformational initiatives and projects and to facilitate collaboration between the city’s economic, social and cultural ecosystems as a means of breathing life into citizens’ vision of the Montreal of the future.
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What works, and doesn’t work, in Canadian cities?
Urbanist Jane Jacobs once wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” In this spirit, the Foundation launched its initiative, Cities for People, two years ago. It was designed as an urban innovation network of curators to facilitate collaborative action and systemic change for Canada. What did we learn over the eighteen-month discovery phase, and what’s coming next? Find out from the comprehensive report, to be released in several phases, starting this week.
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An action agenda for cities
Foundation grantee, Evergreen Cityworks, just released its We Are Cities Action Agenda, a collection of ideas to help make Canadian cities healthy and exciting places to live, work and play. The campaign brought peoples' ideas together and built on the city-focused initiatives that are already taking place across the country. We Are Cities will continue to help connect existing city-building work in order to strengthen and mobilize collective efforts to enable the change we need.
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Spotlight on new grants
The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved new grants and contributions to Teach for Canada, Pour 3 Points, Tides Canada Foundation, and the World Wide Hearing Foundation.
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Can universities lead the movement towards reconciliation?
“Billy-Ray Belcourt smelled mustard when he opened the door to the University of Alberta Aboriginal Student Council office on Oct. 5, 2015. Somebody had graffitied the lounge's walls with a spray of mustard and barbecue sauce over the weekend. Saddened, Belcourt, the president of the ASC, wrote a mournful Facebook status the same day, reading: ‘Like our bodies, spaces for Indigenous people are violable.’ This was the second time an Aboriginal space had been vandalized on the University of Alberta campus within a year. In March, sacred teepee poles were draped with toilet paper just days after the university erected them as a memorial display honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women.”
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Reminder - Civic Innovation Awards Accepting Applications
RECODE and Cities for People will be accepting applications for the Civic Innovation Awards until February 29. The RECODE / Cities for People Civic Innovation Awards program provides grants to initiatives that position post-secondary institutions as civic actors catalyzing positive change in cities. These grants will support innovative collaborations between post-secondary institutions and community organizations or businesses that strengthen their communities. Up to $100,000 will be awarded in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.
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Evidence of Change:
An Evaluation Tool for Value Chain Projects using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework 

The Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of a new guide to help with the assessment of changes in the physical, natural, financial and human dimensions of a project, using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework. Based on a theory often used in international development projects, it was developed by Ricardo Ramirez with input from several partners. It was tested by two projects in Saskatoon and Nova Scotia, and while it was developed to support projects funded under the Regional Value Chain program, we hope that it proves useful to a wider audience.
Innoweave Impact Accelerator
Join Innoweave on February 11 for the first National Innoweave Impact Accelerator, a mini-workshop which helps leadership teams focus on how to accelerate their impact using social innovation tools.
Food and Nutrition Fact Sheet

On January 15, Foundation grantee, Food Secure Canada, and Dr. Norman Campbell, HSF/CIHR Chair of Hypertension Prevention and Control, released a joint Food and Nutrition Fact Sheet for policy-makers calling for action on the leading risk to Canadians’ health and well-being – unhealthy diets. Among other findings, the fact sheet states that 60% of all calories consumed come from ultra-processed food and that health care costs consume 35% of provincial budgets. Food Secure Canada is also part of a coalition that called for a universal school lunch program to be on the agenda of Canada’s federal, provincial, territorial health ministers meeting in Vancouver last week.
TEEB for Agriculture and Food Interim report
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), an initiative supported by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, has released the interim report for its Agriculture and Food study. The report introduces key questions, issues and arguments to be addressed by TEEBAgFood, as well as interim results from five exploratory sector studies. Finally, the report also identifies economic and policy drivers and incentives that influence land-use decisions and management techniques within production systems around the world.