1. #Rethink Niagara: A Prosperous People Strategy for Niagara

    Goal: Create a vital, vibrant Niagara where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Objectives: Build an investment strategy emphasizing development of Niagara’s people as the restorative path to achieving prosperity. Create the conditions for Collective Impact* by weaving together diverse efforts currently underway to improve quality of life through economic...
  2. Data the key to fighting poverty

    By Grant LaFleche, The Standard There are some figures that are so large, it is actually hard to get our brains around them. Like $1.38 billion. That is a pile of money so vast, so outside our usual experience, we can’t really fathom it. That’s the kind of money you...
  3. Niagara readies for big data technologies

    Column: Mary Wiley, Special to Postmedia Network – – – “Leverage data and knowledge as resources for predictive intelligence” is the No. 1 overall opportunity for action cited in the Living in Niagara-2014 report. The report, built by diverse Niagara-wide partners, is a triennial snapshot in time of quality of...
  4. Ontario’s third annual GO Open Data Conference

    Join us May 1-2, 2015 for Ontario’s third annual GO Open Data Conference being held in Niagara Region at Brock University, featuring keynote speakers Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, Christian Villum from Open Knowledge International and the Mowat Centre’s Jamie Van Ymeren.

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Change Work: Summary & Promising Practices - Moving Decent Work Forward in the Not-For-Profit Sectorc50439

Job precarity is a reality for many not-for-profit (NFP) sector employees. About 28 per cent of people employed by Ontario non-profits work part-time, 6 per cent work full-time but on time-limited contract, and another 13 per cent are employed part-time and on contract. Evidence suggests that job insecurity, lack of access to benefits and retirement income, and underinvestment in training and development are ongoing issues in the sector — employees feel passionate about their mission, but there are many symptoms of distress. However, the sector itself — often associated with passionate advocacy dedicated to protecting and advancing the interests of vulnerable people — can play a leading role in providing jobs that work better for people. Decent work is a lens for conceptualizing the possibilities presented by fair, equitable, and stable work. It offers an opportunity to ensure that the passionate objectives of the sector are also reflected internally by strong employment practices and a policy environment that enables these practices. This report explores decent work int he not-for-profit sector, describing challenges and promising practices. Authors: Lisa Lalande, Alexa Greig & Jamie Van Ymeren Published By: Mowat NFP & University of Toronto Publication Date: October 2016 read more→

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