Jino Distasio
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Jino Distasio is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca and Director of the Institute of Urban Studies, and co-principal investigator for the Winnipeg site of the At Home Chez Soi Project.

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$11 Billion Can End Homelessness In Canada

(9) Comments | Posted April 18, 2017 | 4:28 PM

In North American cities like New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto and countless others, we have grown accustomed to seeing people who are homeless walk among us, often in the shadows, often with visible signs of duress from addiction, mental illness or basic hopelessness. Simply put, we've become...

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Canada Is Plagued By 'Food Mirages'

(7) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 3:40 PM

Canadian households are paying more for a nutritious basket of food with rising prices hitting low-income households hardest -- especially those receiving government assistance. To put this in perspective, Food Banks Canada estimates that just over 850,000 Canadians use a food bank on a monthly basis.

The ability...

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Arrested for Sleeping? We Shouldn't Criminalize Homelessness

(42) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 7:58 AM

As humans, we need to sleep. It is a biologically unavoidable act. Yet, on both sides of the border, "sleeping" can be considered a criminal act, especially if you are homeless and have no place to rest your head other than in public spaces such as parks.

How have...

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Canada Needs To Better Protect the Homeless During Heatwaves

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 12:22 PM

Just off a bustling urban street, in the heart of a middle class Canadian community, I came upon an elderly man wilting in the low-lying shrubs, mere feet from heavy traffic and visibility. He appeared unconscious, perhaps brought on by the searing summer temperatures that had pushed the mercury above...

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Homelessness Remains a National Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Homelessness in Canada remains a national crisis despite the best efforts of social groups, housing advocates and all levels of government. In the 2014 State of Homelessness in Canada Report Card released last week, the most startling number remains that on any given night 35,000 Canadians have no...

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It's Time to Tackle Canada's Rooming-House Paradox

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 11:43 AM

On any given night, thousands of Canadians languish in ramshackle housing, line up at shelters, or sleep in our streets and alleyways. This situation is not limited to our big cities, with the Homeless Hub estimating that on any given day, 30,000 Canadians are without homes.

How can it...

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