Canada Homeless

Bad Laws Are Worse Than Bad Enforcement

DJ Larkin | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Politics
DJ Larkin

Unlike those of us with homes and adequate incomes, people living in poverty are targeted and ticketed for activities necessary to their survival: sleeping in a park, vending goods on the sidewalk, or even setting up a basic shelter such as a tarp or a box in order to survive the night. Municipal bylaws prohibiting those activities stand in the way of people's safety and survival.

A Good Budget Can Offer A Blueprint For Our Health

Wellesley Institute | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Wellesley Institute

Our health is shaped by where we live, grow, play and work. When you think about it, budgets are really a blueprint for our health. A good budget is one that provides opportunities for good health for all Ontarians, and this budget moves us in the right direction on postsecondary education and climate change.

Homelessness Isn't Always Something You Can See

360⁰kids | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

I am fading in and out of the conversation -- lost between the hum of the bus and the fact that it's after 10 p.m. On any regular night, I'd be getting ready to go to bed and thinking about school the next day. Tonight I'm trying to get out of -20 degrees Celsius and find us all a bed.

I Will Never Look At Youth Homelessness The Same Again

360⁰kids | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

I can't truly explain how exhausting, challenging and incredibly cold this night was. I had been given a real-life scenario of a homeless youth as a part of 360°kids' 360°Experience. Our experience had us stepping into the shoes of a 16-year-old male, who was unsafe at home and had to leave quickly to save himself.

Activists Using UN To Pressure Trudeau On Housing, Social Justice

CP | Colin Perkel | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — Activists from across the country are planning to use a United Nations review in Geneva next week to highlight what they see as Canada's ...

B.C. Can't Take Another Four Years Of Christy Clark

Sarah Miller | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

The people of B.C. are waking up, big time. I'm sure this scares the hell out of Clark, who might finally be coming to the realization that every scandal, misstep or moronic statement can't be fixed with a smiling photo op in a hard hat.

How One Toronto Art Piece Shines A Light On Homelessness

Tim MacLeod | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Tim MacLeod

Over the past decade, Canada has seen a proliferation of high quality, thoughtful research on homelessness. We now know that homelessness is caused by a combination of individual and systemic factors from unemployment and disability, to lack of coordinated services and a hostile housing market. While the solutions to homelessness are complex, the cause is simple: a lack of affordable housing.

Responding To Negative News: Spread Light, Be A Changemaker

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

For every tragic incident in the world today, there are countless more women and men humanitarians -- changemakers -- making the world a better place in their own respective capacities. Light is more potent and powerful in effacing darkness; let's each of us resolve to spread more light around us, in our communities, and throughout our world.

Supportive Housing Brightened My Most Difficult Holidays

Street Haven | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Street Haven

It can be an especially challenging time of year when you are not in contact with your family. I spent most of my youth estranged from my family, feeling isolated and living in poverty. Christmastime can serve as a painful reminder of what is missing from your life.

Saskatoon's Housing Crisis Is a Health Emergency

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

Despite a strong economy, Saskatchewan has a deficit in access to safe and affordable housing. The Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership performed a "point-in-time" count of people without a home on a given night and found 405 people. The number from these counts has steadily increased. What's especially disturbing is that 45 of the homeless individuals in this year's count were children. Across Canada, an estimated 235,000 people will experience homelessness in the course of a year, with 35,000 homeless on any given night. Beyond those who are homeless, many Canadians struggle to maintain the housing they have.

Joshua Ostroff

There's A Solution For Mental Health Homelessness In Canada. And It's Cheaper Than Doing Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living

"They understand you, they help you. I feel safe living here."

A Bowl of Soup For Humanity

Jordan Sterling | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Sterling

I had a very interesting experience yesterday at work during a shift that was otherwise destined for infinite nothingness. I'm a bartender at a corp...

Homeless Woman Trapped In Donation Bin Stops Breathing

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia

She was rushed to hospital in serious condition.

Joshua Ostroff

After Seven Years Living On The Streets, How Curtis Got Back Inside. In His Own Words

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Impact

So when did it go wrong? I don't know if it was ever really good.

Victoria's Homeless Given $20 'Consulting Fee' To Attend Meeting

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 09.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The mayor is defending a decision to pay $20 each to nearly 400 homeless people to participate in a meeting on housing options.

Finding Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Earlier this summer, Canada's first transitional housing dedicated to LGBT youth opened in Toronto--the YMCA's Sprott House. Reading about this great initiative raised our awareness about an issue that needs to be on the radar of all Canadians -- the unacceptable rate of LGBT youth who have no place to call home. LGBT youth become homeless for much of the same reasons as other young people -- family conflict, abuse, mental health issues and addiction. LGBT youth also experience higher rates of mental health and addiction issues in large part because of discrimination.

I May Not Look Homeless, But I Am

Street Haven | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living
Street Haven

A lot of people have the perception that shelter life today is for the junkie, the uneducated, the criminal or the battered wife seeking refuge from her abusive partner. In my experience, most of the people I have met in the shelter system are there for a variety of reasons. In the shelter I have met bank tellers, writers, students and even retirees.

Grace | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Grace

I've become used to not working like I became used to not being able to afford and wear perfume. When I told someone that I'd hit bottom, he responded, "Then the only way is up!" So I'm digging my way back. In one way homelessness has liberated me and reawakened me to what I most love doing. Since I don't have four walls of my own, a spouse or dependents, the world really is my oyster. Stripped of the old predictable life and strait jacket, it's on to the new creative way of living. As the saying goes, "No risk! No reward!"

Mental Illness Is Blind to Socioeconomic Class Distinctions

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Before any social progress can be made, mental illness has to be acknowledged as a real and powerful determinant of health which affects all social classes, but plays a greater role not only in the lives of those who are displaced, but in some cases also contributes to their displacement and state of living. It is those living on the streets who are the most affected by the stigma associated with mental illness. Yet the stigma is alive and well for those of us who are fortunate enough to continue working or have a strong support system advocating for us while we too struggle to climb the walls of our own personal hell.

We Need to Channel Our Online Outrage Toward Important Social Issues

Joseph Ottorino | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Joseph Ottorino

How is it that we become outraged by one tweet from a celebrity and not by any number of grave issues and epidemics facing society as a whole? After all, there is certainly no shortage of worthwhile causes to support. One issue that's certainly got my attention is youth homelessness in Canada.

We Wanted to Reframe the Way We See Homeless People, Using Music

Shelley Saywell | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Shelley Saywell

Anthony Van Zant is a homeless musician we've been filming for a year for a documentary film called Lowdown Tracks. We recorded the songs and stories of homeless musicians, but the process of making this film lead to even deeper revelations about my own prejudices and fears.

Ontario Spending More Than Half A Billion To Fight Homelessness

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario municipalities will be getting more than half a billion dollars from the province to help people and families at risk of homelessnes...

Charges Withdrawn Against Homeless Woman Who Built Cabin

CBC | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Impact

Darlene Necan, a homeless woman from northern Ontario, plans to move into the cabin she built herself after the provincial government withdrew its...

This Video Shows Canadians Treating The Homeless Better Than Americans Do

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact

The holidays are a time for giving and for helping the less fortunate. In this context, Toronto-based actor Rupan Bal posted a video to YouTube Tue...

Homelessness Remains a National Crisis

Jino Distasio | Posted 01.12.2015 | 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.