Canada Homelessness

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.

Debate Rages on in Terwillegar Towne

Todd Herron | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada
Todd Herron

The saga of the proposed supportive housing complex in Edmonton's suburban Terwillegar Towne continues. On both sides of the issue, Terwillegar Towne ...

Back to Terwillegar Islande

Todd Herron | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada
Todd Herron

Once upon a time, there was a magical place called Terwillegar Islande. It was the southernmost island in an archipelago of many different islands. For 10 years, the 6,700 residents of Terwillegar Islande had fashioned an almost Disney-esque lifestyle.

How Three Vancouver Groups are Feeding More than Just the Body

John F. Gray | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Food is so much more than what fills an empty stomach. It helps better connect people with their community. Amid Vancouver's culinary abundance, three organizations are working to engage disenfranchised groups to nourish people with a renewed sense of purpose through food.

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?

Meg Inwood: The Pen

Veahavta | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Impact

I'd been clean for about a year and a half. I'd forgotten what the date of my last blast was, and I was happy about that. I liked the new me a lot more than the old me: The new me didn't owe back rent, and even had a bit of money for groceries. The one thing the new me couldn't do, though, was write.

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

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.

Why Some Homeless Youth Fear Shelters

Alex Ilona Abramovich | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Ilona Abramovich

The youth I have spoken to over the years have described Toronto's shelter system as a dangerous place for LGBTQ youth because of prolific homophobia and transphobia. I have heard stories of youth living in parks because they did not feel safe in the shelter system due to daily threats of homophobia and transphobia.

Homelessness In This City Must Be Addressed Immediately

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Alberta

REGINA - An Albertan who is helping lead the charge to eliminate homelessness in Calgary is imploring Regina to take action before the cost of doing s...

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.