Canada Homelessness

Food Banks Were Meant to be Temporary. So Why Are They Growing?

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real news in the recent Hunger Count 2014 report is not that 841,191 people came to food banks for help in one month -- a number 25 per cent higher than in 2008. Nor is it the realization that close to 40 per cent of food bank recipients are children. No, the overarching narrative is how the presence of food banks in most communities has come to represent the failure of imagination for a country and its citizens.

Homelessness Remains a National Crisis

Jino Distasio | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Jino Distasio

All levels of government and the private sector must begin to see the tremendous social and economic benefits of doing the right thing. Canada can end homelessness and our elected officials have a duty to work together on funding community based solutions.

Homelessness Cuts Life Expectancy In Half: Vancouver Report

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - He was a wily character with a bright personality, known for philosophical musings as he sold flowers from the streets of downtown Vancouv...

What To Expect From Vision Vancouver's Third Term

Mike Klassen | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

So what will 10 years of Robertson's Vision government have brought to our city? To understand what lies ahead for Vancouver between now and 2018, one needs to look back at the mayor's unfulfilled political promises.

An Extra $46 A Year Per Canadian Could Make Homelessness Virtually Disappear

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - Spending an extra $46 per Canadian a year on affordable housing could dramatically reduce homelessness, a new research report concludes.Exist...

Are The Homeless Even People?

Jagneet Singh | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Jagneet Singh

Truth is, that wasn't normal by any means. As a society, our relationship with homeless people is simple; either you drop a coin or walk by. It's impossible to connect with people as people because we let ourselves get divided only by borders, but also by our occupations, social status, and other arbitrary self-imposed barriers.

Money Spent on Homelessness Research Is Better Spent Housing People

Marvin Ross | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Marvin Ross

The Mental Health Commission of Canada got $110 million from Health Canada for a homelessness study conducted in five cities. While I am all in favour of research, I have to wonder if this project was necessary. This research has already been done in other countries. How many times do you have to replicate a study before you accept the results? This is more money spent on research and not on housing and treating the most vulnerable in our society.

Today a Homeless Man Slept On My Porch. Tomorrow It Might Be Yours

Steve Lafleur | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada
Steve Lafleur

Shelters and soup kitchens haven't demonstrated an ability to provide long term solutions for the majority of chronically homeless people. They should be an integral part of alleviating homelessness, but they don't have the financial capacity to solve the problem on their own. Moreover, it isn't fair to let City residents bear the entire cost.

The Backlash Against "Homeless Spikes" Misses the Point

Steve Lafleur | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Steve Lafleur

The really unfortunate part of the "homeless spikes" panic is that everyone leapt to blame the property owners rather than addressing the issue: we have a homelessness problem. Gawking at the symptoms rather than searching for a cure is a waste of time. Those solutions exist, and are widely agreed upon by experts. It's time that provinces and municipalities move aggressively to mitigate homelessness.

Giving Homeless People With Mental Illness A Place To Live Works: Study

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Impact

WINNIPEG - A new study has found that giving homeless people a place to live first, then offering services for other issues such as mental illness and...

Whistler Homeless Live In Cars, On Couches

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Whistler, B.C. is a popular resort with celebrities and the wealthy, so it may be surprising to find out that homeless people struggle to find shelter...

Looking Up: Design Ideas for Your Ceiling

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

In the 21st century, we spend a lot of time looking down -- obsessively checking our phones, typing away at our computers, or absorbed in a TV screen. Every now and then our point of view needs a little refreshing, which is why I wanted to focus on the "forgotten" wall of interior design -- the ceiling!

Canada Failing Homeless Teens: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Impact

Canada is failing its homeless youth population and big changes are needed to help young people transition safely into adulthood, says a York Universi...

This Is Why Street Kids Can't Just Get a Job

Bianca Pang | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Bianca Pang

Imagine being a street kid for a second. You can't always just go home. Every day is a survival. Finding food and shelter is your job. Everything is an obstacle. Every time you beg for change, every time you go to the bathroom, every time you want to sleep, eat or drink -- nothing comes easy.

We Are Not Our Genes: Social Policies Lag Behind Science

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

Poverty, neglect, family violence and substance abuse can expose children to toxic stress that changes their bodies and increases their likelihood of having many problems later in life, including early pregnancy, heart disease, asthma and cancer. Researchers understand these processes well.

Having Difficult Conversations With Kids

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

If parents and teachers want their children to grow up to be fine people and citizens of the world, the kind of people who make a difference, we need to be fearless. We need to engage our children in very difficult conversations. You know what I mean, the conversations we all dread.

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.

Spare any Change for a Double Ristretto Macchiato?

Tim Sandlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Tim Sandlin

For much of my youth, I lived outdoors. I figured that's the price you pay for chasing your own dream instead of someone else's. Lord knows, I'd rather write than pee indoors. Nowadays, it's called being homeless but back then it was living outside and was a perfectly respectable way to make time for doing what you loved to do.

Life is Beautiful? Even the Marginalized Can Benefit from Art

Imelda Nurwisah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Imelda Nurwisah

As humble as they might be, beauty and art can play a part in the support service toolkit that helps the homeless with life challenges and provides assistance that is emotional, social, and spiritual in nature.

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...

The Homeless Deserve Compassion, Not Condemnation

Ward Draper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ward Draper

The multiple tragedies faced by individuals living on the margins are further complicated by homelessness, which is in itself disempowering, painful, destructive, and unpredictable. It is in this pandemonium that there is little opportunity to reclaim personhood, control and clarity which is necessary to make healthier and richer decisions. They are barely recognized as persons let alone seen as having the capacity to make choice. There is so little our friends on the streets can take responsibility for nor are they even given many opportunities to claim responsibility.

Ignoring Canada's Homelessness Won't Make It Go Away

Chris Curry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Chris Curry

They are typically from impoverished families, where addiction, neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse were prominent. They usually do not have a high school diploma. Most of them started abusing drugs and alcohol between the ages of 11 and 15, as an escape from the neglect and abuse that they were suffering at home.

Homelessness: A National Crisis

Ward Draper | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ward Draper

Homelessness is a national crisis. It affects every Canadian directly. It is time to be bold and courageous, to seek out alternative solutions and radical options. We must take risks and find new ways to work together to bring our nation to a better place where everyone is valued and cared for regardless of circumstance or choice.