Tucked discreetly between two tall pines on the St. John church property in downtown Peterborough is Kyle Loyst’s home [sic].

It is here that he and his fiancée have set up a tent, a place to shelter them from the elements as they sleep at night, because they are homeless.

It’s a space that Loyst feels more comfortable in, as opposed to the nearby Victoria Park where others in a similar situation as he and his fiancée have been camping out for the past couple of weeks.

Recently, those people were given 10 days notice to pack up their stuff and leave the Water Street park. And now, according to Rev. Canon Brad Smith, from St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, they can seek sanctuary on church property — much like Loyst and his fiancée have been doing for the past month.

A controversial shelter in Kelowna’s downtown that was slated to close in June will instead remain operational on an open-ended basis.

BC Housing made the announcement on Friday regarding Cornerstone Shelter at 425 Leon Ave. The shelter, which has been operating since Nov. 30, 2017, provides housing and meals to 80-plus individuals.

Anti-poverty activists say they are shocked the Ford government had contemplated cuts to the Ontario Child Benefit as part of efforts to slay the province’s $11.7 billion deficit.

A proposal to slice $500 from the benefit that pays up to $1,403 annually per child to the province’s poorest families was among a long list of cuts proposed in a leaked draft document prepared for cabinet in the lead-up to last month’s provincial budget.

“To even consider a reduction in the small, but important amount of support families receive from the Ontario Child Benefit is unfathomable,” said Laurel Rothman, a member of the steering committee for Campaign 2000, a coalition fighting to end child poverty.

Ford government’s expenditure estimates foreshadow cuts for low-income workers and people with disabilities

Post-budget spending plans suggest Doug Ford’s government is quietly planning to cut half a billion from the province’s two main income support programs.

The budget tabled by the Ford government last month already announced plans to carve a billion dollars out of the budget of the ministry that provides funds to income support programs.

For the last 20 years I have ranked Mike Harris as Ontario’s worst premier — at least in the last 75 years and possibly ever.

I was out of the country during Bob Rae’s tenure as premier, years that many Ontarians argue were disastrous, although much of Rae’s troubles can be attributed to the fact he was sworn in as premier about 17 hours before the start of a deep global recession that hit Ontario hard.

Now, though, Doug Ford has changed my mind about Harris.

To give or not to give? That’s the question many of us struggle with as we see a person holding a cardboard sign at freeway exits or along busy pedestrian malls.

What if the person buys drugs or alcohol with it instead of food? Is that even a fair question? We asked three Twin Cities region advocates for ending homelessness to guide us when faced with a person who asks for money in public.