Canada Homelessness

Creating a Haven for Young Trafficking Victims in Toronto

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada
Kevin M. Ryan

We at Covenant House worked closely with the two young survivors at the heart of Toronto's first criminal prosecution to lead to a sex trafficking con...

2 Plead Guilty To Murder For Setting Homeless Man On Fire

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada

KENTVILLE, N.S. - Two Nova Scotia men who doused a homeless man with gas and set him on fire with a cigarette lighter while he was sleeping in a bus s...

What Can We Do About Toronto's Persisting Homelessness Problem?

Dave Colangelo | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada
Dave Colangelo

There are over 5,000 homeless individuals in Toronto; over 400 sleeping outside on an average night and these numbers continue to grow. Across Canad...

Tim Hortons Apologizes To Homeless Man Who Had Water Dumped On Him

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Tim Hortons has apologized after the owner of a Vancouver location was seen dumping a bucket of water on a homeless man sleeping outside."...

Bucket Of Water Allegedly Dumped On Homeless Man In Vancouver

CBC | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A Facebook campaign calling for a boycott of the Tim Hortons in downtown Vancouver has garnered thousands of hits over allegations someone from the st...

How This Conservative Mayor Became a Champion for the Homeless

Andreas Krebs | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

Mayor Ted Clugston of Medicine Hat, Alberta has become the reluctant spokesperson for a controversial approach to reducing homelessness. Reluctant because just a few years ago, he opposed the initiative. Sometime in 2015, Medicine Hat will become the first municipality in Canada to eradicate homelessness.

What We Need To Care About in 2015

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada
Elisa Birnbaum

While out shopping the other day, I came across a t-shirt that gave me pause. A long, hard pause. Hanging a few feet from the store's entrance, the ...

Homelessness Is Not a Choice, So Lose the Apathy

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Amitha Kalaichandran

We know the dangers of having too many choices -- but what about not having any? Who in their "right mind" (you might wonder how many of "those" people are mentally sound and might be surprised to know the vast majority are) would sleep on a bench in "last seasons" (off-trend or simply off-prudence) clothes in freezing cold weather?

The Ontario Courts Should Learn Shelter Is a Basic Need

Sharad Kerur | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Sharad Kerur

On December 1, the Ontario Court of Appeal failed Canadians who are homeless or living in substandard conditions. By ruling that the Government of Canada has no obligation to provide "affordable, adequate, and accessible housing" to its citizens, the Court sanctioned the government's abdication of responsibility for housing and dealt a significant blow to vulnerable Canadians.

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

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.12.2015 | 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 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...

What To Expect From Vision Vancouver's Third Term

Mike Klassen | Posted 01.05.2015 | 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 12.28.2014 | 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 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.

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.