Canada Homeless

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.

Homelessness Cuts Life Expectancy In Half: Vancouver Report

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.06.2015 | 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...

Are The Homeless Even People?

Jagneet Singh | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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.

Nearly A Quarter Of Homeless Youth Back On Street Within Year

CBC | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Impact

Roughly a quarter of homeless youth who manage to get off the streets end up returning to homelessness within a year, according to research by the Uni...

Homeless Edmonton Man 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Assault

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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 Hooft | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

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 Hooft | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

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.