How Michael Carr fell into chainsaw carving

Most people don’t just pick up chainsaw carving. But that’s exactly what Michael Carr did. When he was working making props for film and television, he picked up a chainsaw on a whim. “It wound up being quicker and faster to cut up the Styrofoam. And I sort of built it from there.” Chainsaw carving has always called Michael’s name. It was a whisper in… Read more

Connecting to memories through Carpentry

When Francisco Javier Cao first walked through the door of the shop he was working at in Montreal, he caught the smell of pine wood and thought, “This is awesome. This is what I want to do. I want to work in a shop where I can smell wood every time.” Francisco has always loved carpentry and has good memories of his grandfather teaching him… Read more

How Tara found her way to save

Tara was a “willy nilly” spender. “I felt bad every time I went to the salon and got my hair done. It felt and looked better, but I always wondered if there would be enough money left for the necessities.” When Tara learned about budgeting, it was helpful to learn that she didn’t need to feel guilty about getting her hair done if she made… Read more

Five things you should know about Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy

The federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, unveiled Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, Opportunity for All, on Tuesday, August 21. Informed by over a year of public and stakeholder engagement opportunities, consultations with experts, and guidance from an advisory committee, the Strategy is in many ways a collection of current programs and initiatives that support poverty reduction­, such as the Canada… Read more

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