Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Micro-debt movie opens TorontotheBetter PWYC "Rethinking Social Enterprise" movie series - Tues.Feb.26

TITLE:                                 Micrlo-debt: A Critical Investigation
SCREENING DATE/TIME: Feb.26th, 2013 7pm.OISE (252 Bloor West) - Room 2211.
DURATION: 57 minutes
                                            Pay What You Can

Not so long ago Mohammed Yunnus won a Nobel Peace Prize for a good idea - give poor people a small loan to give as a leg up, they will be lifted out of poverty and repay their loan as well. So went the script. But reality, in the form of predatory micro-lenders has intruded and the micro-loan dream has turned into a nightmare for many in Asia.Time for a rethink about how to do development in this era of market-based models. Directed by acclaimed Danish investigative journalist Tom Heinemann. 

     The first in TorontotheBetter's 2013 "Rethinking Social Enterprise" series. 

TorontotheBetter is a programme of Toronto-based Libra Knowledge and Information Services worker co-op.

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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

TorontotheBetter Visits Peel Poverty Action Group

On January 9th this year, as part of our "Rethinking Social Enterprise" outreach initiative Taodhg Burns of TorontotheBetter was pleased to attend a monthly meeting of PPAG [] and hear about its programme to  combat poverty in Peel region, just west of Toronto. Thanks to Edna Toth of PPAG for the invite.

As the effects of the 2008 economic collapse in Canada, persist, more and more in Toronto's suburbs are suffering and need the vital support of PPAG and other progressive municipal organizations. We met the dedicated members of PPAG and learned about their struggle against the cancellation of an important income support programme for the poor and their extensive programme including the Tough Times newsletter and Places and Spaces video, which we plan to feature in our winter movie series at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  For our part we were pleased to inform members about our efforts to build support for an alternative economic model based on social economy principles. We look forward to future collaboration with PPAG and other fraternal GTA organizations and offer them our solidarity greetings. Our Toronto includes the GTA and we are pleased to report that a significant percentage of enterprises in our directory at offer programmes and services for Toronto's poor and otherwise marginalized.