The many faces of poverty in Canada

The many faces of poverty in Canada

The federal government is to be congratulated on its just-released Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy itself, running to over 100 pages, endorses the idea of an official poverty line, relieving Statistics Canada from the impossible task of finding a purely statistical basis for defining and measuring poverty. It further endorses the idea that poverty has […]

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 […]

Charity is not enough to fight poverty

Charity is not enough to fight poverty

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

Canada’s housing crisis is a public health emergency

Canada’s housing crisis is a public health emergency

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.

Backgrounder: The relationship between burden of disease and health equity

Backgrounder: The relationship between burden of disease and health equity

Everyone deserves to live a long life in full health, but not everyone is so fortunate. Some individuals and groups are more at risk of falling ill, becoming severely ill or disabled or dying prematurely (that is, before the average expected life span).

‘Burden of disease’: What it means and why it matters

‘Burden of disease’: What it means and why it matters

In a world affected by numerous diseases, disabilities and illnesses, how do governments, health care providers, media or the general public decide which ones are most important?

Safe, secure and affordable housing is a health issue

Safe, secure and affordable housing is a health issue

When you’re feeling unwell, whether from a minor cold or a devastating terminal illness, the feeling of home, the desire for a safe and comfortable place to rest and recuperate, is a universal one. But what if your home itself is a source of stress and illness?