Summer News
What is solutions journalism? An interview with David Bornstein
David Bornstein, co-founder of the US-based Solutions Journalism Network and a regular columnist with the New York Times once said: “The idea behind solutions journalism is sort of like the TV show CSI. The narrative is located in the pursuit of solving a problem as opposed to just identifying who’s failing and how.” 
Bornstein was a special guest of the Foundation at a retreat held at Wasan Island in early June, dedicated to the theme, “Can 21st Century Journalism Solve 21st Century Challenges?”
The following is an edited transcript of an interview with Bornstein in which he explains how journalism can help society to self-correct, by helping people understand where the deficiencies are.
Read the interview (5 min. read)
Better food in health care? Nourish wants to make it happen!
Along with regular exercise, food is perhaps the most important ingredient in fostering good health. So why do our healthcare institutions often overlook their role in promoting better diets? In collaboration with several partners, the Foundation’s Sustainable Food Systems initiative has launched Nourish, a national effort to tackle this challenge. Nourish is seeking influencers from across the healthcare system who want to work collaboratively through a two-year program to develop strategies, practices and policies that build a food culture that nourishes patients, staff and communities.
Learn more and apply
WellAhead: improving wellbeing in school communities using “everyday practices”
Over the past year, WellAhead has been working with six school districts in British Columbia to explore answers to the question: how can schools nurture the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth? Educators, administrators and social innovators have been designing, prototyping and sharing “everyday practices” as a way to integrate social and emotional wellbeing into school culture. You can find out more about their progress on the WellAhead website. Also, WellAhead has created a short video to encourage teachers and school staff to try these everyday practices in their school communities. We encourage you to share it with your network.
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RECODE grantee plays a pivotal role in growth of entrepreneurship in the Maritime region
RECODE’s latest On Campus Spotlight features UNB's Pond-Deshpande Centre (PDC), which is a key catalyst in the growth of New Brunswick’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Since its inception in 2011, the Centre has developed strong programs and partnerships with complementary organizations including New Brunswick’s first social innovation lab, NouLAB, the B4C Social Venture Accelerator,  Student Ambassador Program, and ChangeMaker Funding Program.
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Strengthen your Collaborative with Tamarack’s Community Change Institute
September 26 to 30, 2016: Attend Tamarack Institute’s Community Change Institute, an event designed to be a transformational learning experience for leaders committed to ensuring their communities respond to challenges with compassion and creativity.
With over 40 workshops and a keynote series with renowned community change leaders, this five-day event is an opportunity to learn more about Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Community Innovation, Community Engagement, and Evaluating Community Impact. 
Learn more and register
Spotlight on on new Grants
The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved new funding to Atelier Créatifs, Evergreen, National Housing Collaborative (United Way Toronto and York Region), People for Education, Pépinière et Collaborateurs and the Upside Foundation.
Learn more
Here are some of our favourite blogs from the past few months.
Future Food Series
Our series on the future of food continues with blogs from the Sustainable Food Lab, Food Secure Canada, and Les Jardins Campanipol Family Farm. 
Read these and others in the series here.
It’s not about the practice...or is it?
WellAhead BC Lead, Mali Bain, explores the concept of “everyday practices” as they connect to school curriculum, research, existing programs, and more.  
Cities in Transformation
Gorka Espiau, from the UK’s Young Foundation, on his vision for Montreal and other cities in the process of transformation.  
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Funding for Indigenous-led projects across the country from CFC150
Community Foundations of Canada recently announced the first wave of Indigenous-led projects being funded through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th (CFC150), part of the celebration of the founding of Canada. The projects are focused on everything from cultural learning to youth leadership to traditional health. Learn more here
CFC150 is currently granting on an ongoing basis. Click here to find a community foundation accepting applications near you.
4Rs: Changing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth
Get to know more about the 4Rs Youth Movement, a youth-driven initiative whose mission is to change Canada by changing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people. A Foundation grantee, the 4Rs Youth Movement also recently received a CFC150 grant. By supporting and creating spaces for cross-cultural dialogue, the 4Rs Youth Movement hopes to shape a new understanding and new relationships based on respect, reciprocity, reconciliation, and relevance.
New Sport & Philanthropy Toolkit builds community collaboration

Want to connect with a sport organization but don’t know where to start? Community Foundations of Canada and True Sport have teamed-up to create a Sport and Philanthropy Toolkit for foundations interested in working with sport groups. The toolkit outlines the steps that community foundations and sport organizations can take to build collaborative partnerships and unlock funding to get up and running.
New research shows the real state of Canada’s fisheries
Overfishing and decades of poor management practices continue to impact Canada’s fish populations, according to Here’s the Catch: How to Restore Abundance to Canada’s Oceans, a new report by grantee Oceana Canada. The report finds that only 24% of Canada’s fish stocks are considered healthy and that the lack of diversity makes coastal communities and the Canadian seafood industry vulnerable, as they will have little to fall back on if these stocks decline further.
Inaugural Ashoka Journal explores responses to inequality in business and society
The Ashoka network has launched the inaugural issue of Ashoka Journal, a publication designed to bring “a new voice to contemporary conversation ... grounded in empowerment, entrepreneurialism and community engagement." Drawing on knowledge from Ashoka’s international network of universities and colleges, the first issue of the journal explores the role education plays in solving challenges associated with increasing inequality.
RECODE Webinars: Resources for innovators in post-secondary education
For the past year RECODE has hosted a series of “Webinar Wednesdays” for social innovators in the post-secondary landscape. With topics ranging from impact investing, solutions journalism and social labs, these webinars are a useful for resource for anyone interested in social innovation. Have you visited the new resource section of the RECODE website? See all the resources here.