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An Ethical Person’s Guide to Investing

As an individual investor, divesting might be one of the most meaningful ways to put your money where your mouth is when it comes to living by your social, political and environmental principles.

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From Kenya’s Post-Election Violence, an Online Community Forms to Give Aid

When Sallinder Nyawira received panicked messages from a colleague last August amid Kenya’s postelection violence, she knew she had to help. Her colleague was hiding under a bed while bullets flew outside her home in Kibera, a slum in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

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In post-election Kenya, Church Leaders are Praying for Peace and Seeking Justice

With memories of the post-election violence of a decade ago still fresh among its congregants, one church in the capital, Nairobi, made it its mission to promote peace as political passions rose throughout months of confusion and tension.//  In Kenya, religion and politics are deeply intertwined, with political figures using faith to appeal to voters.

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“We Cannot Accept Excuses”: Cindy Blackstock on Justice for First Nations Children

Social services on First Nations reserves are “severely underfunded” by the federal government, says First Nations human rights activist Cindy Blackstock.

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Kenyan App Developers Harness Technology to Take on Gender Gaps

From apps that tell women the police’s obligations in rape investigations to classes that teach internet literacy, Kenyan developers offer women tech-based solutions to help them understand and fight for their rights.

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Urban Indigenous organizations need more COVID-19 funding, says National Association of Friendship Centres

Despite a lack of resources, friendship centres across Canada are finding innovative ways to support their communities. Across the country, these centres provide emergency support to communities — but need more funding to continue doing so effectively.

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The Surprising Truth Behind Charity Rankings

In theory, charity rankings hold organizations accountable, and can help donors identify which organizations are having the greatest impact, influencing where their dollars go. But what kind of criteria are these rankings using — and are there any unintended consequences?

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Disrupting Donations: UNICEF Accepts Cryptocurrency

Currently, a handful of non-profits accept and disburse cryptocurrency. As UNICEF becomes the first United Nations agency to transact bitcoin, what will it mean for other non-profits? And as for the Canadian organizations ahead of the curve: how is digital currency already benefiting them and their stakeholders?

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In Xinjiang, China, surveillance technology is used to help the state control its citizens

“If I disappear, don’t tell anyone or say anything. There are people listening everywhere. Everyone has someone following them,” Gulgine, a Uighur Muslim woman, told her sister.

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What Defunding the Police could mean for the Social Sector

Amid a global conversation on systemic racism and police brutality, Canadians are calling to defund the police and invest instead in social services. According to Statistics Canada, over $15 billion is spent on policing, and operating expenditures have been increasing, even when adjusted for inflation.

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Non-Profits are Prone to Toxic Work Environments, Experts Say

The non-profit sector, while employing 2 million Canadians, remains mostly off the radar when it comes to public cases of labour and human rights violations. But those in the sector say toxic work environments are leading to employee burnout.

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The Surprising Story Behind Canada’s Declining Leadership in Foreign Aid

The Pearson Commission’s breakthrough report on foreign aid, delivered in September of 1969, which set the global Official Development Assistance (ODA) target of 0.7%, was a Canadian-led innovation. 50 years later, experts weigh in on the significance of this target to Canada’s global leadership in the next decade.

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Why some Women of Colour are Hesitant to Say #MeToo

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

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