Tag: democracy


Highlights from GO Open Data Conference 2017

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May 2017

Highlights from GO Open Data Conference 2017

Over 150 people gathered in London, Ontario for the Go Open Data 2017 conference May 5 & 6. This was a cross-section of folks from government, the private sector, academia, and the nonprofit sector who all share a common interest in open data. Together, we shared a full day of learning and discussion about the potential and challenges that open data presents. Here are a few of...

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A new advocacy chill? The Election Finances Act

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Nov 2016

A new advocacy chill? The Election Finances Act

The Government of Ontario recently reintroduced The Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act (Bill 2 – formerly Bill 201), which changes the rules for provincial election financing. We don’t disagree with Bill 2’s stated intent. To reduce the influence of powerful third-party spenders in elections is a good thing. Democracy can be subverted when there is too much influence from wealthy third parties on politics....

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The Reality of Coalition Building & Systems Change: Reflections on Maytree’s Connecting for Change conference

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Dec 2015

The Reality of Coalition Building & Systems Change: Reflections on Maytree’s Connecting for Change conference

ast week, The Maytree Foundation kicked off the end to a great year with its conference, Connecting for Change, a day to build thought leadership on systems transformation and poverty reduction. Throughout the day, Maytree set the tone that systems goals must be accountable, measurable, accessible, and reflect lived experiences. Coinciding with Human Rights Day, the positive energy in the room was apparent. Several key...

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Driving Nonprofit Change, Cohen Style

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Nov 2015

Driving Nonprofit Change, Cohen Style

Originally posted by Nonprofit Quarterly, November 20, 2015. By AMY BUTCHER November 8, 2015; Pathways & Journeys Much has been said about Rick Cohen’s legacy in the nonprofit world, and one moniker in particular that he earned is “honorary Canadian.” He indeed had a fondness for the Great White North, as he himself said back in 2013, when he wondered whether a merger with Canada...

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Nonprofits: This federal election is the time to step it up!

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Aug 2015

Nonprofits: This federal election is the time to step it up!

Let’s talk, nonprofit leaders. This federal election provides nonprofits with a chance to kick start an important conversation for our sector: what role does (and should) nonprofits play in democracy? How can the nonprofit sector build a healthier democracy? You’ve likely heard the depressing statistics: voting rates have declined by 14% in the past three decades; youth and newcomers are less likely to vote; a...

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The Importance of Government Relations: The Green Budget Coalition

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Aug 2015

The Importance of Government Relations: The Green Budget Coalition

Ottawa, being the centre of the universe when it comes to the world of federal government relations, is abuzz with activity as stakeholders are preparing their engagement strategies and lobbying efforts leading up to the next federal election on October 19, 2015. I recently attended a government relations lunch hosted by a large Public Relations firm in Ottawa (to remain undisclosed) where I was offered...

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