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This meet up is for all wishing to learn about community development tips, tools, practices, strategies, theory. It is a platform for events and seminars linked to the Collaborative Specialization in Community Development (http://www.cdcp.ca), the Community Worker Program at George Brown College (http://www.georgebrown.ca/C101-introduction/), the Toronto Community Development Institute (http://www.torontocdi.ca/), and the UofT Centre for Community Partnerships (https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/ccp), as well as related events from the Catalyst Centre (http://www.catalystcentre.ca/), Tools for Change (http://www.toolsforchange.net/), and other groups, as we become aware of them, insofar as they are about learning about community development theory and/or practice. [To be clear: we don't post every rally, protest, and activist event in town, but focus instead on those whose emphasis is skills development, training, and learning about strategies, tactics, approaches, and perspectives on community organizing and community development].

The Collaborative Specialization in Community Development (http://www.cdcp.ca) brings together faculty and graduate students from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (where the program is housed and supported, administratively), OISE (Counselling Psychology, and Adult Education and Community Development), Geography and Planning, Social Work, and Nursing. Students from other programs and departments can apply to be included, on a 'special' case by case basis. Students enrol in the CDCS as a field of specialization added to their home degrees, and requirements for completion of the CS are described at www.cdcp.ca. These include attending at least 6 events posted on this meetup site. As noted on our website (http://www.cdcp.ca/), community development is a core competency for public health (as identified by the Public Health Agency of Canada and others), and in Social Work, Adult Education, and the other fields that comprise the CDCS. The capacity to work effectively with civil society organizations, NGOs, citizen groups, and community members, in a context that increasingly also brings in private sector and government actors, is at the core of effective practice in each of these fields. Students and faculty from the Community Worker Program at George Brown College are also encouraged to join us, as are all CD workers across this great city of ours.

This meetup group features events from both university and community, seeking to bridge the two.

Know of an event that is consistent with our mandate that is not yet listed here? Please let us know, so we can include it!

Upcoming events (3)

Getting Equity on the Political Agenda: Strategies at the Local Level

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This fall, citizens in communities across five provinces and one territory in Canada will head to the polls to elect local governments – British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories.
Of all levels of government, local governments are 'closest to the people and increasingly are being called on to help address the impacts of complex social issues. At the core are equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and reconciliation.
This webinar, organized by the Tamarack Insititute, will be facilitated by Rowan Burdge, Provincial Director for the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. It will explore what local roundtables and equity-seeking groups are doing to get their voices heard and bring equity and social justice to the forefront as part of the democratic process.
From decreasing barriers for marginalized communities to participate in civic processes, encouraging candidate participation from racialized communities, and helping potential candidates understand social justice issues, this panel discussion will shed light on different aspects of this critical topic.

For more information including detailed speaker bios and link to register, go to: https://events.tamarackcommunity.ca/getting-equity-on-the-political-agenda

Understanding the Urban Built Environment as a Driver for Health and Well-being:

Organized by the School of Cities at the University of Toronto, this seminar will welcome two speakers at the cutting edge of research on exploring the ways cities influence the health and well-being of their residents: Prof. Joreintje Mackenbach (Amsterdam University Medical Centers) and Prof. Marynia Kolak (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). The talks will be delivered jointly, and we hope to have a discussion afterwards about the opportunities and limits of urban built environment research. We welcome students and faculty from all disciplines. Transit to Groceries Versus Medication for the Opioid Epidemic: Lessons on the Pluralities of Accessibility

## Transit to Groceries Versus Medication for the Opioid Epidemic: Lessons on the Pluralities of Accessibility

Presenter: Marynia Kolak (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Department of Geography and GIScience)
Abstract: Few resources have received as much attention across scientific, policy, and community spaces as grocery stores (or other food providers) in the past two decades. Access to fresh and affordable produce and healthy foods remains a critical topic, though has matured to consider the many dimensions of accessibility from cost, travel, time, correlations with important structural variables, and more. In this talk, I'll review lessons learned from past work on measuring the influences of food access within Chicago, and how it has been adapted to measuring access to medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in the Unites States. Understanding transit behaviors and resource variability across varying degrees of urbanicity are crucial to modeling MOUD needs, though persistent challenges of stigma of resource usage presents a complex challenge for access researchers in this space.

## Urban Food Environments: How Do They Affect Our Health?

Presenter: Joreintje Mackenbach (Amsterdam University Medical Centers - Department of Epidemiology and Data Science)
Abstract: The consumption of unhealthy diets accounts for 22% of global mortality. By 2030 more than 80% of Europe’s population will live in an urban environment. Urban food environments form a potential context for population-based interventions to improve dietary patterns: everyone is exposed to the food environment, and intuitively we can all relate to the influence that smells, advertisements and high availability of foods have on our food choices. However, epidemiological evidence for the influence on dietary behaviors is not unequivocal. I offer some potential explanations for the inconsistent results observed in the literature, and discuss some of the advancements or nuances that may be needed for this field of research to generate consistent and meaningful results. Finally, I will reflect on the drivers of unhealthy food environments that should be sought in wider food and political systems.

Discussion: moderated by Michael Widener (UofT Geography and Planning)

REGISTER HERE: https://www.geography.utoronto.ca/events/understanding-urban-built-environment-driver-health-and-well-being-two-talks-and-discussion

Impact Networks: Building Relationships to Catalyze Systems Change

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How can change makers mobilize the power of networks to develop high-impact strategies for social change?
Whether you’re new to community development or an established field catalyst, generating solutions to complex social issues requires a solid understanding of how to navigate the connections between individuals, organizations and sectors – including the actors in one’s own network.
Join the Tamarack Institute's Jean-Marie Chapeau for a conversation with David Ehrlichman, co-founder of the Converge network and author of Impact Networks: Create Connection, Spark Collaboration, and Catalyze Systemic Change.

David will be sharing:

  • the conditions for developing a network mindset;

  • the principles of network leadership;

  • the different ways to cultivate impact networks; and

  • tools we can all use to get started.

# Speakers

David Ehrlichman, Author, Impact Networks: Create Connection, Spark Collaboration, and Catalyze Systemic Change
Jean-Marie Chapeau, Consulting Director of Evaluating Impact, Tamarack Institute

For more information, speaker bios, and a link to register, go to: https://events.tamarackcommunity.ca/impact-networks

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