October 2016 

Recent news, top stories, and key resources from the ethical economy!

Upcoming Event


Food Secure Canada's 
9th National Assembly

Toronto, Ontario
October 13-16, 2016

With over 50 skill-building workshops, tours, meetings, keynotes, and networking opportunities, not to mention a wide selection of side events, Resetting the Table, Food Secure Canada's 9th National Assembly, promises to be like no other food assembly.

Decolonizing the Table, an evening on Indigenous food sovereignty, will launch this four-day event, which is focused on key food system issues that are organized into various streams, including Agriculture: Farming for the Future, Food Justice Affects Us All, and Local Food Economies: Procurement, Infrastructure, Hubs, to name a few.

Whether you're a community food animator, activist, farmer, chef, funder or policy maker, there is a place set for you. At the event you'll be surrounded by and engage with the wide diversity of people who make up Canada's food movement, and have the opportunity to contribute in meaningful discussion around realizing a new national food policy.     
Register Now!

                               In the News

Inner City Health Associates 

Partnering on the Development of a
Residential Hospice and Congregate Living Centre in Toronto



In early Spring 2016, Eco-Ethonomics worked with Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) and numerous community partners to undertake a feasibility study on the development of a hospice for the homeless and vulnerably housed in downtown Toronto. ICHA is a group of over 60 physicians that currently run a program providing medical care to people who are homeless and vulnerably housed across Toronto.

Upon the successful completion of the study, ICHA developed a collaborative partnership amongst organizations that are recognized for their work with marginalized populations, including Hospice Toronto, Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre (CONC), and Saint Elizabeth Heath Care.

The collaborative is working to address the pressing need for a hospice for the homeless through the development of a combined hospice/congregative living program for the homeless and vulnerably-housed population in Toronto. The partnership brings diverse experience, skills,
networks, and connections, all of which will support the development and sustainability of the residential hospice, and each partner will a play key role in their areas of expertise. However, this project is no small feat!

The proposed development is a 50-unit residential hospice and congregate living program where 10 hospice palliative care beds will co-locate in a facility housing a 40 bed congregative living program. Fortunately, there is the opportunity to purchase the sites of 995 and 997 Lansdowne, which are adjacent to CONC’s existing 68-bed men’s shelter and the 20 units of transitional housing at 973 Lansdowne. This will create efficiencies that will substantially lower operational costs annually and make this project viable.

But..the clock is ticking to secure the property and the partners need your help! Join the many organizations who have already confirmed their support for this important project and contact us to find out how you can help.   

Let's Do This!

Project Update

YWCA Hamilton

Growing to Meet the Demand for Fresh Healthy Local Food   

In 2012 Eco-Ethonomics worked with senior staff at the YWCA Hamilton to conduct an in-depth feasibility study for a café and catering social enterprise called At the Table. Since then, At the Table has been serving a diverse selection of freshly prepared food and healthy meals to the local community while providing training and supporting women and girls in the YWCA Hamilton's transitional living program. 

In 2015, Eco-Ethonomics was engaged to support the business planning process required to further develop At the Table, which included adding another line of business (i.e. wholesale); however, to bring the social enterprise initiative to full scale, the café and kitchen needed to be renovated. The café renovation will provide the space and the environment needed to create a social hub to purchase and enjoy freshly prepared food and the kitchen renovation will improve food preparation efficiency while offering greater space for training and skills development opportunities.

YWCA Hamilton has received initial investments from ArcelorMittal Dofasco and the Ontario Trillium Foundation; however, additional support is urgently needed to raise the additional funds to complete this important renovation. The organization is so close to reaching their goral of fundraising the last dollars for their social enterprise.

If you would like to learn more about this amazing project and/or would like to make a donation, please don't hesitate to contact Debbie Logel Butler, Chief Development Officer at YWCA Hamilton.
Connect with Debbie!

From our Resource Lab

Evaluation and impact assessment is an area that we get excited about and are thrilled to be working in. In fact, we specialize in developmental evaluation, outcome-based evaluation, third-party evaluation, and overall organizational assessment. This means we get the chance to co-design and develop innovative evaluation frameworks and tools on a regular basis, and we couldn't be more excited to share one of these with you. 

Eco-Ethonomics worked with White Ribbon Canada and its National Community of Practice (NCoP) to develop a common evaluation framework focusing on engaging boys and men in gender-based violence prevention programming. This project, which encompassed the evaluation of nine innovative programs spread across Canada and the development of a national evaluation framework for the Community of Practice, saw the NCoP partner organizations contributing key evaluation documentation, program experience, and their understandings of the local context.

An initial evaluation needs assessment was also conducted with partner organizations to inform the development of the framework, and the resulting National Evaluation Framework aims to identify shared results across the programs as well as provide an evaluation resource tool for others undertaking leading edge gender-based violence prevention work. To access the national evaluation framework and resource tool, and to learn more about White Ribbon, the National Community of Practice, and this exciting project, just click below. 

Please don't hesitate to share your evaluation stories with us or reach out if you would like to discuss how we can help you to measure and grow your success. 

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