Gather for World Elder Abuse Day, June 15

From Beverlee McIntosh – Nepean Rideau Osgood Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) asked that we pass this event through the SWAG network.

The agency needs financial support to keep up their good work in Ottawa. If you know of any ‘angel donors’ who are looking for a worthy cause, encourage them to attend this breakfast at the Barrhaven Legion.


Stephanie Cadieux – Speaker          Pic_Stephanie Cadieux




A structured approach to analyzing public policies – Online course

Florence Morestin, shared this resource for ” structured approach to analyzing public policies” from the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy


Dear colleagues,

I would like to let you know that the NCCHPP’s online training courseA framework for analyzing public policies” is now being offered for free and is offered in a format compatible with PC, Mac, tablets and phones.

This online course will enable participants to make use of a framework for analyzing public policies in order to inform policy makers in the context of healthy public policy development.

Upon registration, you will have 24/7 access to the course. It is made of four self-paced modules presented on a user-friendly platform, allowing you to progress at your own pace. It takes from 6 to 8 hours to complete the course. Once you will have completed the course, you will be eligible for a certificate of completion.

To learn more or to register, click here:


For more information about the course, please feel free to contact us at

Conference on Sexual Violence & Intersectionality

From the Sexual Assault Support Centre 

At the Intersections– Sexual Violence & Intersectionality

At the Intersections will be a one-day conference consisting of panel discussions & workshops that will focus on increase accessibility to all survivors of sexual violence who experience intersecting marginalizations.

When: June 26th, 2017

Where: City Hall Ottawa – 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Time: 8-4pm

Registration: Free

*Limited Space* 

Learn more here:

Basic Income, a Critical Ingredient for Social Enterprise

CASW, shared this article.

A new study from the Mowat Centre in Toronto suggests that a basic income program could encourage people to take the leap and start their own socially conscious businesses.

The study involved surveying and interviewing members of the Centre for Social Innovation, which has sites in Toronto. It indicated that a basic income could give a leg up to people with a bright idea but limited resources to get it off the ground.

“Given our research, we think that a basic income could de-risk social entrepreneurship for people. We think that it could encourage more people from marginalized communities to try social entrepreneurship as a career,” said Michael Crawford Urban, a policy associate at the Mowat Centre and co-author of the report. …

See the rest of the article:

See the MOWAT Centre report here

Consultation on feds’ Poverty Reduction Strategy, Wednesday May 31st

From Linda Lalonde outlining suggestions to approach the federal consultation, with a bunch of “highlighting from me.

Hi Folks,

Tell the federal government how to reduce poverty in Canada! The Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network (OPRN) needs your input.

As you may know, the federal government is looking at developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy in the near future and is consulting people about what that would look like. They are doing that primarily via an on-line survey but there is also an option of an in-person consultation. They have contracted the Tamarack Institute to get consultations done in up to 30 communities across Canada through their Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty initiative which Ottawa is part of with the OPRN as lead.

What would make a difference in our community? What do we need to improve? What do we need to get rid of? What could the feds do to reduce poverty?

We’re holding two sessions on May 31st, one from 1 to 4 pm and the second from 6:30 to 9:30 pm to get your opinion. Both sessions are the same so you only need to attend one and the evening session has limited space so please come in the afternoon if you can. They will be at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill St, Ottawa.

Registration is at:

This event is free but we will accept donations of bus tickets and other support. As we get more bus tickets, the number of “Tickets with bus fare” will increase. Bus tickets for participants will be available at the event if requested in advance – please choose the ticket that includes bus fare. The #18 bus comes to the Centre from St Laurent Station and the Rideau Centre and stops right outside on Quill at Queen Mary.

There is parking behind the Centre and on surrounding streets.

A report will be provided to all participants and the federal government following the event.

If you want to do some prep, take a look at the Dignity for All National Anti-Poverty Plan which will give you some background and ideas. It’s at:

We hope that you can join us and guide the federal government towards a poverty reduction strategy that will work.

Looking forward to seeing you there!



“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.” – Herman Melville

Guide on strengthening our everyday agency partnerships

Our knowledge base and purpose as social workers focus’ on micro, mezo, macro levels even if it is not named in our job descriptions. A key ingredient in practice is supporting clients and our programs to be effective, relevant. This resource, shared by Community Workspace on Homelessness help us address the mezo in our practice.


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View the See Yourself as a Partner: Guide to Community Partnership Development elaborated collaboratively the University of Ottawa, a working group of community participants and with the HPS.  The guide is a how-to on addressing homelessness through partnerships. It includes key considerations, questions, checklists templates and other tools to create, maintain and evaluate community partnerships.

see the guide here:…/see_yourself_as_a_part…

Intersectionality explained

This paper shared as one of the resources was found by Vicky Ward, who was at the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum,


PUT SIMPLY: According to an intersectionality perspective, inequities are never the result of single, distinct factors. Rather, they are the outcome of intersections of different social locations, power relations and experiences.

paper by  Olena Hankivsky, PhD of 

see the paper here: