Canada Homeless

Homeless Edmonton Man 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Assault

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Edmonton police are investigating a brutal assault on a homeless man found under a bridge in the city's northeast.Police say the victim was...

Fair Elections Act: An Exercise in False Marketing

Megan Yarema | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

It's time to get "un-political" and just plain old "reasonable." Let's hope that time off from the hectic pace of Parliament Hill over a long weekend offered an opportunity for reflection -- especially around Bill C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, which has been hotly contested, reviewed, analyzed and refuted for the past two months. The government should spend the same amount of effort to promote voting and protect the Charter right to vote as they have towards marketing a flawed and chastised Bill. Let's move past the false advertising.

Why It May Get Harder for the Homeless to Vote

Megan Yarema | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

Changes proposed in the Fair Elections Act are top of debate, particularly when one of the proposed changes could dramatically hinder access to the polls for our country's most vulnerable people. Under the proposed Act, the option of voter vouching is on the chopping block. Individuals without appropriate ID, including homeless people, have relied on this option in order to vote. If the discussion is about fairness, then ensuring all citizens can participate in the electoral process should be a top priority. This includes keeping a system of voter vouching. Not only is it the right thing to do, but democracy depends on it.

Why It's Dangerous When Police Start Policing Themselves

Toula Drimonis | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
Toula Drimonis

Despite the many upstanding, ethical police officers out there, the force has given the public numerous reasons to question its conduct. There have been a number of high profile cases of alleged police brutality in Canada and Quebec, including the 2010 G-20 Toronto summit protests, the 2012 Quebec student protests, and the Robert Dziekanski taser incident.

Homeless in the Cold: What if You Had Nowhere To Go?

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Jody Steinhauer

As winter came roaring into Toronto over the past few weeks, many Torontonians -- close to 228,000 to be more exact -- were left in the dark and without power for up to a week as a result of the freezing rain that blanketed the city. In total, the damage and cleanup is estimated to cost the city $106 million. It has been a punishing start to what could be a very long, bitter winter.

Abbotsford Homeless "Declare War" On Local Businesses?

Leland Dieno | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Leland Dieno

In Abbotsford, a letter allegedly from "The Abbotsford Downtown Homeless Association" was recently delivered to the doors of local businesses. The letter was snapped and posted all over Facebook, sparking huge debates regarding the homeless in the city. Before seeing this post, I had no idea there was so much going on with the homeless in Abbotsford.

Winning The Fight Against Homelessness?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - Cities across the country are seeing their homeless populations shrink thanks to efforts by the federal government and its partners to provid...

Housing First: The Best Way to Help the Homeless

Candice Bergen MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Candice Bergen MP

We know that chronic homelessness is a challenge that is complicated by social issues like addiction and mental health. Safe, stable housing is an essential element in addressing homelessness and the problems that can often come with it. This is why the HPS takes a Housing First approach with a focus on chronic homelessness.

How the Throne Speech Buried Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

For Canada's veterans the Throne Speech was a big flop. It devoted a total of 10 sentences to vets, and only two of them said anything about Harper's plans. The other six were self-congratulatory backslapping: meaningless rhetoric from a government which appears to think supporting veterans is as simple as saying those words over and over.

Spotlight On Vancouver's 'Invisible' Homeless

CBC | Posted 12.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

When people typically think of the homeless, they picture panhandlers and dumpster divers. But as Homelessness Action Week kicks off Sunday, advocat...

Search For Alzheimer's Sufferer Continues

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

As the search for 64-year-old Shin Ik Noh continues, his family are calling on the public to help. The Coquitlam man with Alzheimer's has been miss...

The Streets Are No Place for the Mentally Ill

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Mariah Griffin-Angus

I see him everyday, standing out in the street in the heat or the cold fighting ghosts in his head. All too often in Canada, the street or the emergency ward has become the place where those with severe mental illnesses end up. Those with mental illnesses make up a disturbing percentage of the homeless.

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

Jino Distasio | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada
Jino Distasio

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 be that in such a prosperous country, we continue to struggle to house those most in need?

Where Do the Homeless Flee in a Flood?

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Mariah Griffin-Angus

The recent flooding in Toronto has exposed much of the City's unpreparedness for a serious disaster. But what has been left out of the public debate on aging infrastructure, road closures and flooded subways is what happens to those who live on the streets?

The Most Lethal Weather for the Homeless? Not Cold

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Jody Steinhauer

The issue of homeless people suffering from dehydration while on the streets is one that has long been marred by ignorance or misinformation. With fresh water so readily available to many of us, it can be hard to imagine someone not being able to have water when they need it most.

Cynthia Scott: Innocent Circumstances

Veahavta | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Veahavta

My life was new but my father was cruel My innocence was taken by sexual abuse Despair and sadness I couldn't break through I would cry in silence, a slow class at school

State of the Homeless in Canada

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada
Jody Steinhauer

On any given night in Canada, 30,000 people are homeless. These are people -- men, women, and families -- who are unsheltered, in emergency shelters, or in temporary "provisional" accommodations. The report also notes that as many of 50,000 Canadians may be "hidden homeless;" those who are staying with friends, family, or relatives, but it can be difficult to gather correct data for these instances.

HUGE Rate Of Mental Illness Here

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - A study has found there is an "overwhelmingly high" rate of undiagnosed and untreated psychiatric illness among Calgary's homeless populatio...

Kind Gestures Last a Lifetime

Phil Froats | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Phil Froats

Issac Newton said that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. While this may be true for physics, it certainly does not carry over into interpersonal matters. Often the gentlest of gestures, smallest of actions or the quietest of whispered kind words will have an avalanche effect on the lives of others.

How Economic Action Plan 2013 Could End Homelessness in Canada

Sam Tsemberis | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Sam Tsemberis

Something largely overlooked by wide media coverage of the federal government's Economic Action Plan 2013 was that it marked a significant change in the way we will tackle homelessness in this country. The policy lens dramatically shifts from supports for "helping the homeless" to "ending homelessness."

Good Neighbours Club: Giving Toronto's Homeless Elderly a Second Chance

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Mariah Griffin-Angus

With his thick moustache and faded prison tattoos Pierre was no stranger to a life lived rough. But you'd never know it if you sat down and had a coffee with him. He had a gentle bearing and spoke impeccable English and French. He had a rap sheet taller than me but he never hurt anyone.

Experts Give Ottawa Advice On Homelessness Approach

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Impact

OTTAWA - Canada should not limit its new approach to homelessness to only people with mental illness or those who are perpetually on the streets, says...

My Bullied Daughter's Loneliness Haunted Me

Amber Rehman | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

My daughter would come home sad everyday. She would cry every week. We would have pep talks regularly, but I could not mend her broken heart. I could not take back the words kids said to my child. Her loneliness haunted me. As a mother, I was watching a child dying on the inside. It was like watching a beautiful flower wilting in the cold.

Homeless Youth Get Voice With Digital Media Room

John F. Gray | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

With support from Electronics Arts, the Directions Youth Services media room helps street youth find the voice many never realized was inside them. Co-ordinator Colin Ford and the staff teach music, art, audio recording, film-making, computer literacy, digital media skills and teamwork. They provide an opportunity for social inclusion and creative expression where it might not have existed before.

Helping the Homeless Through Winter

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Jody Steinhauer

Project Winter Survival is a remarkable event where volunteers come together to help the homeless survive the cold winters. With the growing Canada-wide demand for Project Winter Survival's kits, being able to help as many of the homeless as possible is what my Bargains Group team pushes for, and this year were able to pack and distribute 3,000 kits.