“Urban camping” not the problem

“Urban camping” not the problem

Homeless seek safety and community in numbers in “tent cities” Tonight, an increasing number of Canadians face the prospect of sleeping in a tent — not to welcome the summer camping season, but as a last resort. Unlike regulated campgrounds, “tent cities” are without electricity, water and often bathrooms. These makeshift encampments appear to be […]

Saskatchewan budget misses opportunity on rental housing assistance

Saskatchewan budget misses opportunity on rental housing assistance

In the recent Saskatchewan budget, the Moe government made the surprise announcement that it would slowly phase out a rental housing assistance program known as the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement. Given current rental housing market realities, the government ought to have done the complete opposite and expanded the program. That’s because high vacancy rates create […]

Winnipeg will soon open a ‘wet shelter’

Winnipeg will soon open a ‘wet shelter’

Tailoring a program to tackle homelessness and alcoholism saves lives   Maybe it’s time we woke up and realized that how we’ve been dealing with a certain segment of homeless people in this city just isn’t working. You probably know the ones I mean: you pass by them if you walk downtown on your way […]

Ending Homelessness in Canada

Dr. Jino Distasio of the University of Winnipeg discusses the systemic problems that contribute to homelessness in Canada — and the local and national efforts required to stop the revolving door of homelessness.   Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Why “King for a Day” approaches to homelessness don’t work

Why “King for a Day” approaches to homelessness don’t work

I began medical school optimistic about what becoming a physician meant I could do for my future patients. Naively, I presumed my career would involve treating patients’ illnesses so they could return to lead full and fulfilling lives.

The work to end poverty and homelessness is just beginning

The work to end poverty and homelessness is just beginning

Mettre fin à la pauvreté et à l’itinérance : Le travail ne fait que commencer

Mettre fin à la pauvreté et à l’itinérance : Le travail ne fait que commencer

Homelessness costs Canadians big money without addressing the causes

Homelessness costs Canadians big money without addressing the causes

Ending homelessness in Canada is possible

Ending homelessness in Canada is possible

On any given night in Canada, over 30 000 people are without a shelter. The director of the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Jino Distasio, believes that it is possible to end homelessness in Canada. How? By helping one person at a time. Interview by Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, journalist intern at […]