Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation wins national City Innovation Award
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2009
Toronto, Ontario – When dozens of organizations dedicated to social change operate 150 innovative projects under one roof in Toronto, it draws the attention of people from around the world and garners the Canadian Urban Institute’s 2009 Universal City Award to be bestowed on the Centre for Social Innovation on June 5 at the Urban Leadership Awards in Toronto.
Since opening in 2004, the Centre for Social Innovation has focused on catalyzing, supporting and inspiring social innovation. There is no doubt in my mind that social enterprise and social finance fall squarely within this realm.
Fascinating news from the Harper government as they act to support of nonprofits and municipalities in the hardest hit communities. Still have some major concerns about the lack of vision for how these communities are going to transform their economies and the continued neglect of our cities. This is a 'stop the bleeding' strategy... hopefully only the start of a conversation.
The Single Transferable Vote is dead. Muerte. Kaput. Voters in BC resoundingly rejected it, with over 60% of them responding 'no' to voting reform in the recent referendum.
That's two voting reform defeats in a row in British Columbia; coupled with the recent defeat of Mixed Member Proportional in Ontario, one could surmise that another voting reform proposal won't be showing up any time soon, on either the federal or provincial level.
Today I learned that wikimedia has been denied charitable status in the UK. Andrew Turvey explains here. I have also recently learned that the CRA Charities Dept has anulled the charitable status of Phoenix Community Foundation. They 'anulled' it claiming that the objects granted to Phoenix should never have been granted after being in operation for 30 years.
Well well well... Eli Malinsky is becoming an activist! Yeah! Check out the great article in the Toronto Star today. And what a great cause!!!
What I love about the Clean Train Coalition is that they are about a solution.... they are not the typical NIMBY's... but rather, they are advocating for a clean solution - ulitmately for all of us.... clean electric trains instead of polluting trains on the GO line. Well, now there is a double win.
CSI is delighted to learn that we've won an Urban Leadership Award in the City Innovation category, from the Canadian Urban Institute. "The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in urban areas across Canada and internationally."