All Canadians deserve safe, decent and affordable housing, but for some, the lack of housing is a matter of life and death.
Canada’s homelessness crisis is the direct result of the federal withdrawal from housing investment.
One of the biggest factors that determine whether people will stay healthy or wind up needing emergency or chronic medical care is where they live.
People without access to stable housing are at higher risk of illness, and their likelihood of recovering well from that illness is greatly diminished.
More than 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness at some point every year, whether they sleep in shelters, on the street, couch surf, or wait in hospital.
In emergency rooms and frontline clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger.
Recently, a disturbing photo of five people sleeping in a Saskatoon bank lobby became headline news and filled social media feeds.
“There are lies, damned lies and statistics” is the well-worn phrase, but nothing better sums up the recent Fraser Institute scare mongering about taxes being the single largest budget item of Canadian households.
When we fail in healthcare we often double-fail: one in the event and again when we are unable to recognize, name and learn from that failure.
The best way to honour a person who has been harmed by a healthcare failure is to do everything possible to learn from that failure so that it will not be prepared.