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Your week in CLICK, CSI’s daily newsletter about the world of social innovation

The internet is an impossibly huge place with endless pieces of useful information. Who has time to find it all? Literally no one! But that is what we try to do with CLICK. Every weekday, we send our subscribers an email containing the news, research, analysis, and opportunities that we think will best help them start their day. This daily email has been wildly popular, you can subscribe here! To give you a sense of what you are missing, here is some of the most popular CLICK content from last week:

HEAD START – What’s happening now

How Canada lifted nearly 300,000 kids out of poverty in a single year
Dylan Matthews covers anti-poverty measures for Vox. So he decided to go to Canada for The Impact, Vox’s podcast about how policy shapes people’s lives. He wanted to figure out: Did the Canadian child benefit deliver on that promise? How do parents spend these cheques? How has the child benefit affected the lives of real families? And what can the US presidential candidates who have signed onto an American version of a child benefit learn from their neighbours to the north?

The Body Shop to hire the first person who applies for any retail job
The results were striking: Monthly turnover in the distribution center dropped by 60%. In 2018, the Body Shop’s distribution center saw turnover rates of 38% in November and 43% in December. In 2019, after they began using open hiring, that decreased to 14% in November and 16% in December. The company only had to work with one temp agency instead of three.

IT’S UP TO US – Change happens at CSI

In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people. You can organize a community screening of this film! Simply download the film here, make a Facebook event using this graphic, and download and print the poster designed by Gord Hill and plaster around your town. Click here to access subtitles of the film in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese — as well as find some sample questions you can use to get a discussion going.

CSI SOLUTIONS – Putting People and Planet First

Street Voices and Business in the Streets will help you monetize your art
Toronto is a magnet for artists across the country, but it’s also a city where it is becoming increasingly difficult to make a living as an artist. While nearly 70% of the city’s artists moved here from somewhere else), 73% of Toronto artists have thought about leaving the city.

Here are some of the reasons why:

  • 80% of artists do not believe they can make a living wage
  • 50% of artists make less than $30,000 per year
  • Nearly 1 in 5 artists have been renovicted

Are you an artist with a desire to learn about business to sell your art? CSI members Street Voices and Business in the Streets are collaborating to deliver an 9 week program to teach aspiring artists the business side of their craft alongside pairing them with mentors that have experience in the creative industry.

GO FOR IT – Accelerate your impact

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based efforts to reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City of Toronto’s waste diversion programs. A priority will be placed on investing in actions that address multi-residential buildings, multi-lingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

The grants support the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy and reflect its guiding principles:

  • working with community partners
  • enhance access to waste diversion programs
  • increasing public engagement
  • working together to deliver services.

DREAM JOB ALERT – Come work in our network

South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service organization that provides primary healthcare, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention primarily to people of East Toronto. They are hiring an Information Management Coordinator to support the usage of the electronic medical record systems and provides extensive training to staff in order to facilitate providers’ documentation, quality improvement, performance management, program evaluation, research and accountability. In addition, this position is responsible for funder-compliant data collection, quality and analysis to support the organization and its decision making processes.

SAVE THE DATE – Upcoming events

February 22: Participate in the Coldest Night of the Year walkathon, a national family-friendly walk which takes place in over 145 cities all across Canada on the same day and time. The event raises funds to support people experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, food insecurity and extreme poverty.

February 23: The House of Good Deeds welcomes you for a fun afternoon of sorting international coins for charity, and then playing a special version of Bingo with the coins for wonderful prizes! Children 7 and up are definitely welcome.

February 23: Do you have questions about what it’s like to be a lawyer and/or an entrepreneur? Join Caryma S’ad over Montreal-style bagels and cream cheese for a conversation about setting and executing career goals.

February 25: Join CSI and an esteemed community of activators and collaborators who support women entrepreneurs as we celebrate women entrepreneurs who put people and planet first.

EXCERPT – Images from the world of social innovation

Black History Month Longread: “This is people’s souls”

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Keep Reading
A black and white photograph from the 1940s of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
You may know Viola Desmond from school lessons, from history books, from the ten dollar bill, or from the Viola Desmond room on the third floor of CSI Spadina! Desmond was an entrepreneur who helped to catalyze the Canadian Civil Rights movement.
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STEPS Public Art, one of CSI's many esteemed alumni, celebrated a pretty big milestone recently - 10 years! After their big anniversary party at CSI Spadina, we knew we had to catch up with them to learn more about their experience and their first decade of social impact. Read on for the full interview!
A view of 720 Bathurst Street. It is a brick building, 5 storeys tall, and we are looking at the eastern facade, which faces Bathurst Street. The northern wall is covered in ivy.
On Monday, January 22nd, CSI launched the official RFP process for anyone interested in the purchase of the storied brick and beam gem, 720 Bathurst St., that has been home to CSI Annex for the last decade. 
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