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Strategic Lobbying 101

Here are some practical resources for community-based groups as they gear up their social policy development and lobbying initiatives.

Some Web-based Resources for Lobbying and Policy Options
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Lobbying Your Provincial Politician One-on-One
prepared by Jennifer Ramsay, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
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Making a Case to the Public: Social Assistance Advocacy, the ‘905 Belt’ and the “Next 100 People Walking Down Yonge Street”
John Stapleton, Community Undertaking Social Policy Fellow, St. Christopher House, Toronto
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Understanding Civil Servants: A Short User's Guide for Advocates
John Stapleton, Community Undertaking Social Policy Fellow, St. Christopher House, Toronto
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These resources were presented at a workshop sponsored by the Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto. The workshop focused on the most effective ways to reach key elected officials and senior civil servants on social policy issues. The session was organized by Michael Shapcott. There were three main presenters: David Donnelly, Jennifer Ramsay, and John Stapleton.

David Donnelly is Environmental Defence Canada's Legal Advisor. He has acted as counsel to citizens groups fighting development on the Oak Ridges Moraine, and appeared before the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry. He has been an advisor to numerous governments on law reform, including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights. David also served as the Executive Director of the CEDF for eight years until 1996. During this time, he has also worked with many citizens groups to develop and implement media strategies for both local and national markets.

Jennifer Ramsay is the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO). ACTO is a province-wide legal clinic that engages in test case litigation, law reform, education and advocacy on housing and homelessness issues affecting low-income Ontarians. Jennifer has worked as an advocate and educator for twenty years in a variety of settings, including the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and the former City of Toronto. For the past four years, Jennifer has been actively lobbying all three parties at the provincial level on housing and income security issues.

John Stapleton worked in social assistance policy and programs for 28 years with the Ontario Government. During this time, he worked on the implementation of the National Child Benefit and was government senior policy advisor to the Social Assistance Review Committee and the Minister's Advisory Group on new social assistance legislation in the late 1980's and early 1990's. John left government last year and is now self-employed. His most recent work has been as Community Undertaking Social Policy fellow at St. Christopher House. While continuing his relationship with St.Christopher House and a number of other agencies, John is also working with the Caledon Institute for Social Policy and as a part time consultant to government.


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