We’re now 10 years on from the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Or, as our national mythology puts it, 10 years since Canada breathed a deep sigh of relief as the crisis mostly grazed our economy and financial system.

Ten years after the crisis, many Canadian cities are still in crisis. What follows is a look at the contours and roots of our urban housing crisis, and some avenues for exiting it in a way that would benefit the majority of people.

Closed-door meetings are being held to figure out the best way to clear another tent city out of Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park, according to one city councillor.

Councillor Jean Swanson says she can’t disclose details of possible remedies being discussed at City Hall.

There are more than 100 tents at the site and Swanson is advocating for adequate housing to be found for all the campers.

“A lot of them don’t want to go to a crappy SRO because of bed bugs and rats and cockroaches. The conditions are bad,” she says.

A homeless shelter, plans for which previously stirred up neighbours, is set to open its doors on Wednesday.

The 36-bed shelter, at 12040 Horseshoe Way in Ironwood, will help meet the immediate needs of Richmond’s most vulnerable residents, according to the City of Richmond.

The Richmond News reported two years ago that the site would replace a smaller, 10-bed, men-only shelter run by the Salvation Army on Shell Road, after that location received an eviction notice.

While premiers and territorial leaders meet in Saskatchewan today to discuss the well-being of Indigenous children, youth and families, a new report released today co-authored by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) says First Nations children experience the highest levels of poverty in Canada.

“Canada is not tracking First Nations poverty on-reserve so we did,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “The findings of this report are shameful and underscore the urgent need to invest in First Nations children, families and communities. Our children face the worst social and economic conditions in the country. They deserve an opportunity to succeed. Canada has not been tracking poverty on-reserve and that’s one reason the situation is not improving. We need a combination of political will, action, cooperation among governments and sustainable investments in water, infrastructure, housing and education to help First Nations children succeed and get a fair start in life. It’s beneficial to all Canadians to close the gap in quality of life between First Nations and Canada.”

Build more housing or we will establish a tent city in the Tri-Cities.

That was the message from a group of protestors who crashed a Homelessness Task Group meeting Friday morning in Port Coquitlam, shouting “You talk, we die” and “Support homeless leadership.”

“Homeless people are dying in the streets of the Tri-Cities,” Alliance Against Displacement (ADD) organizer Isabel Krupp shouted at task group members, which included Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam MP Ron McKinnon and several city councillors. “[Homeless people] are taking this into their own hands, trying to set up a tent city, a space where they can be together and help each other survive so they are not dying.”

A GoFundMe was started yesterday in order to somehow stop the housing facility from becoming a reality in the neighbourhood.

“In order to fight, we need funds,” the campaign says. “Arty funds contributed here will go directly towards the fight for the children of Rutland.”

The campaign, which was organized by the “Kelowna Action Group”, says that those funds will specifically cover things like legal counsel and marketing.

“Your support means the world to the children_ of Rutland. It means the world to the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles in Rutland,” the campaign continues.

One year after a sizable homeless camp in downtown Nanaimo sprawled out of control, the homelessness situation in the harbour city is widening to greater levels of crisis.

Nanaimo RCMP superintendent Cameron Miller told councillors his officers estimate there will be roughly 500 people experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo this summer. This number was provided after 150 people moved from Discontent City into temporary shelters hastily built by the province as part of the plan to remove the encampment.

A point-in-time count in the early summer of 2018 estimated there was up to 400 people considered homeless at the time. It was a significant increase from the previous count several years before.