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Maytree is a private Canadian charitable foundation established in 1982 to combat poverty in Canada. Maytree views immigration and urbanization as powerful elements in the Canadian landscape and works to accelerate the settlement of refugees and immigrants in large urban centres. Maytree also works to strengthen civil society by supporting the development of strong leaders and organizations.

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December 10: 2015 Maytree Conference: Connecting for Change

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON

Speakers include journalist Desmond Cole; former Toronto City Councillor Gordon Cressy; Black Lives Matter organizer Sandra Hudson; Osgoode Law School professor Jamil Jivani, and more.

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November 19, 2015

Canada has miles to go on human rights, UN says

Canada may sign treaties and covenants declaring obligations, but these become empty promises when there are no mechanisms in place to uphold our accountability.

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August 06, 2015

Time to reframe poverty reduction as a matter of rights: Maytree Opinion

Dignity for All, a campaign for a poverty-free Canada co-led by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice, has put forward a national anti-poverty plan that could be adapted by the federal government.

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March 05, 2015

Community Benefit Agreements – a New Tool to Reduce Poverty and Inequality

Every time you put up a construction crane, you create opportunities for affordable housing or pathways to jobs in the trades: This is what many U.S. cities are doing through community benefit campaigns.

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March 28, 2014

February 19: Five Good Ideas: How to Tackle Inequality

When Wednesday, February 19, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Where St. Michael's College, Elmsley Hall, Charbonnel Lounge, 81 Saint Mary Street. You can also participate online - see the link below for more information.

This session, with Armine Yalnizyan, suggests five things we can do to reduce income inequality and offset its most costly and corrosive effects.

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December 17, 2013

Access Without Fear: Building a City of Sanctuary

Providing access to city services to non-status or undocumented immigrants reduces fear of deportation while contributing to wider community safety and well-being.

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March 14, 2013

2013-2014 Maytree Scholarship Program for Protected Persons

Applications for the Maytree Scholarship Program are available online and the deadline is Friday, March 22, 2013.

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January 09, 2013

November 21: Five Good Ideas: Landlord and Tenant Issues

Date Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Time 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST
Place 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto
Contact Katarina
Email fivegoodideas@maytree.com

This session deals with the basics of what makes a valid and binding lease, then moves on to discuss specific clauses in the lease agreement where issues may arise after the lease has been signed.

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November 05, 2012

Bill C-31 - Fast but not as fair: Major changes to Canada's refugee system

Bill C-31 is a large bill that changes three different pieces of refugee legislation, and is not good news for refugees, says this author.

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March 14, 2012

New Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers launched, vow to defend rights of asylum seekers

Over 150 lawyers and academics gathered in Toronto and online via satellite locations throughout Canada on September 9 to launch the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL).

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September 21, 2011

Canada's New Refugee Determination System to Start in June 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada's announcement does not explain why implementation of the new asylum system has been postponed until next June, but commentary on Maytree Conversations suggests some reasons for the delay.

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August 24, 2011

August 23: Maytree Leadership Network - Social Assistance Consultation

Date August 23, 2011
Time 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street (at Bathurst subway)

Maytree Leadership Network is holding a consultation on the Social Assistance Review, where participants can share their views directly with staff responsible for reviewing Ontario Works and related programs.

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August 04, 2011

New project helps claimants navigate new refugee system

The Access to Justice Fund of the Law Foundation of Ontario has given a grant to the University of Ottawa and the Refugee Forum for a project aimed at helping prepare refugee claimants for a disclosure interview they must attend within 15 days of making their claim.

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July 21, 2011

May 12: Maytree Policy Insights 2011 - Report Release Webinar

Date May 12, 2011
Time 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. ET
Where Online

This webinar features Alan Broadbent, Maytree's Chairman, and Sherri Torjman, Vice-President, Caledon Institute of Social Policy, who will discuss the proposals in Maytree's report, Charting Prosperity: Practical Ideas for a Stronger Canada.

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May 10, 2011

More than Money: Mining the human and financial potential of Canada's education savings programs for low-income families

This report outlines a number of specific recommendations on how service providers and government can improve low-income families' access to federal government education savings programs.

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December 08, 2010

December 1: Release of report on secondary education and low-income students

Date December 1, 2010
Where Online

May Wong, Executive Director of The Omega Foundation and designer of the SmartSAVER project, will release a new report that explores the opportunity to improve low-income students' participation in post-secondary education through better use of education savings.

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November 18, 2010

June 10: DiverseCity Counts forum on minorities in the media

Date June 10, 2010
Time 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Where Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto Trading Floor

This forum will look at how well the media reflects the diversity of the population in both media coverage and in its leadership.

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May 17, 2010