Toronto’s shelters are consistently overflowing, advocates and public health experts warn

After years of shelter overcrowding and a dramatic rise in homeless deaths were met, largely, with government inaction is it time to declare homelessness in Toronto an emergency situation?

Many have compared shelter conditions to those of disaster relief camps. News stories of homeless deaths are almost weekly events and the estimated homeless population of the city sits at around 9000.

… Canada, the United States, and not-so-Great-these-days Britain. They are all run by people who pretend to work for the citizens but really do the opposite. Whatever they do to make things better always makes life worse. There’s a good article about them on The Guardian web site.

It’s an excerpt from a book by Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. The title gives a good clue to what it’s all about. It’s a good companion piece to another Guardian essay, The Trouble With Charitable Billionaires by Carl Rhodes and Peter Bloom, that appeared last May.

A proposed housing project that promises to provide vulnerable people with the supports they need received some critical support of its own at a recent public hearing.

All seven people who addressed Burnaby city council at a Tuesday public hearing spoke in favour of a rezoning application that would allow a 52-unit housing complex on Norland Avenue.

The three-year pilot project, which began last summer, is testing whether no-strings-attached cash support can boost health, education and housing for people living in poverty.

Margie Goold, who suffers debilitating arthritis, bought a new walker.

Lance Dingman, who lost his right leg to a chronic bone disease, is no longer running out of groceries by the middle of the month.

Wendy Moore, who has been homeless for almost two years, is looking for an apartment.

The three Hamilton residents are part of the first wave of participants in Ontario’’s experiment with basic income, a monthly, no-strings-attached payment of up to $1,400 for people living in poverty. Those with disabilities receive an additional $500 a month.

The future of the only homeless shelter in The Pas is in doubt after several residents opposed moving it to the town’s downtown core.

The shelter had been given a deadline of March 31, 2018 to move out of their current building at 344 Ross Avenue. Manitoba Housing is currently negotiating an extension to June 30, but that has not been finalized.

It’s an investment, just like any other investment a business or organization makes.

Women’s Place of South Niagara executive director Ruthann Brown compared offering employees “a living wage” to buying the latest computer equipment and software to ensure a business is as productive and efficient as possible.

“Businesses need to reflect, in the context of retaining qualified staff, in the context of the knowledge transfer when you lose staff, and in the context of providing the best services for people, we have to look at human resources as an investment in the work that we do,” Brown said.

Niagara Poverty Reduction Network announced Wednesday that both Women’s Place and Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre are the region’s two newest employers to be registered as “certified living wage employers,” for paying wages of at least $17.57 an hour — the amount of income currently needed to cover the cost of living in the region.

A spokesman for Ohio Gov. John Kasich called out Vice President Pence Friday for saying that Obamacare impacted waiting lists for people with disabilities.

Pence, speaking at the National Governors Association summer conference in Providence, R.I., said that “far too many able-bodied” adults were placed in Medicaid under Obamacare.

“I know Gov. Kasich isn’t with us, but I suspect that he’s very troubled to know that in Ohio alone, nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving them without the care they need for months of even years,” Pence said. The vice president has been making a case for a Republican healthcare bill that would repeal parts of Obamacare, which would also make changes to Medicaid.

Kasich spokesperson John Keeling shared links about Pence’s claim on Twitter and called it “#FakeNews.”