Last week Oxford county council passed a motion that will boost funding to the shelter from around $90,000 to $150,000, allowing the shelter to operate on a year-round basis.

“I feel it is something that is really needed,” said Watson, co-ordinator of the shelter that has been renamed The INN of Woodstock. “We will continue to help people all year round.

“Homelessness is not a seasonal issue.”

With about 12 people per night, numbers have steadily gone up at the shelter and Watson attributes the rise to a lack of affordable housing in the region.

Much has been made of the so-called Ford Nation and its potential to storm Ontario’s legislature in the upcoming provincial election. But the coalition that could deliver victory to Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in June looks less like a new political movement — and more like a Common Sense Revolution 2.0.

The “Common Sense Revolution” platform that helped vault the PCs from opposition to the premier’s office in 1995, with its focus on lower taxes and smaller government, has a lot in common with Ford’s pitch in 2018.

Some of Ford’s rhetoric echoes what Ontario heard from his predecessor Mike Harris 23 years ago. Polls suggest his supporters look much the same as well — as does the electoral map that would make Ford the province’s next premier.

The Ontario Taxpayers Federation states that taxpayers would save by cutting the Ontario basic income experiment…

The basic income pilot is being watched by experts and governments around the world because they know that, with increasing automation and new technology, larger proportions of our populations will require income support. Not only would cutting the basic income experiment waste the money already spent to implement it, it would squander this opportunity to test whether advocates’ claims are supported when put to the test in Ontario.

Viola’s Place Society surpassed its fundraising goal to purchase a building that will act as a permanent homeless shelter in Pictou County.

Karen MacPhee, society chair, said Friday that $82,146.56 has been fundraised for the shelter and the purchase of the former Life Shelter building will go ahead as planned.

“In the beginning, no one knew who we were and some thought we would never get it done,” she said. “There is a need. I talked to the people.”

The former church and shelter on Marsh Street, New Glasgow, will be purchased by the society for $60,000 and the rest of the funds collected will give it a head-start on operations.

Homeless women in P.E.I. often have nowhere to sleep, but a group in Charlottetown is hoping to change that.

Liz Corney is one of the founders of Blooming House, which is working toward opening a women’s homeless shelter in Charlottetown.

Corney said opening a shelter is acknowledging vulnerable women and trying to meet a need everyone knows exists.

“I don’t think we can shut a blind eye to it any more,” she said.

The lack of a homeless shelter for women has been an ongoing issue since 2012 when Grandmother House in Charlottetown closed its doors.

What was a tent city for the homeless just a few months ago in east Vancouver is now a modular housing project where some of those campers and others will be housed.

The project is one of four the B.C. government and city of Vancouver have recently collaborated on in an effort to help get a growing homeless population off the streets.

Poverty Reduction Minister Shane Simpson said Friday the key to success of the projects is the round-the-clock support services available to tenants, including access to mental health and addiction specialists, as well as skills training and meal programs.

The Nipissing Area Food Roundtable hosted a breakfast this morning to hear the provincial candidates stance on food insecurity in the province and locally.

Unfortunately, those hungry for information were left disappointed as only NDP candidate Henri Giroux and Liberal Stephen Glass attended. Nipissing MPP and PC candidate Vic Fedeli had a conflict and had a letter read to the crowd by organizer Kathleen Jodouin.

Giroux and Glass gave general information about their party’s platforms but neither spent a lot of time speaking about the topic in question.