Nurses helping the homeless where they are is a much needed service when we hear in the media that there are 30,000 homeless in Canada. As a senior who grew up in Toronto I would never have guessed it would come to this – increasing numbers of shelters and food banks across the country with so much suffering and neglect.

This is not included in media when we are welcoming the world to come and give them jobs and financial assistance and housing.

The Quebec government has taken a “positive first step” toward a universal basic income with its commitment to provide a set amount of money to those unable to work, says a proponent of the idea.

“I think it’s a move in the right direction,” said Jonathan Brun, co-founder of Revenu de base Québec.

It also, Brun said, “puts the terminology square and centre within government policy.”

The new measure is part of a larger $3-billion anti-poverty plan announced Sunday. An estimated 84,000 Quebecers would qualify for the minimum income, largely those with physical and intellectual disabilities.

A P.E.I. Opposition bill linking food waste and food insecurity is misguided, says a University of Toronto researcher.

Reducing food waste is a good idea in itself, Valerie Tarasuk told CBC News, but linking it to food insecurity is not.

MLA Steven Myers, who introduced the bill, said by focusing on developing a system for donation, food could get to people who need it instead of being thrown out.

But Tarasuk said a lack of donated food is not the cause of food insecurity.

“When people are struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families it’s a problem of income. So the solutions to that problem are income-based solutions,” she said.

Langley’s Gateway of Hope homeless shelter is so full that on a few nights this year, it has had to turn away people from its Extreme Weather Response program.

The program activates on particularly cold and wet nights, and provides an additional 15 beds, bringing the total number of mats to 45, including the regular emergency shelter.

“Some nights we’re full, last night [Sunday], we only had five,” said Tiffany Sawatzky, the residential services manager at Gateway of Hope.

With a stretch of cold, snowy weather bearing down on Toronto, Scarborough’s recently opened winter homeless shelter may have little room to accommodate any more guests.

A month after The Scarborough Winter Respite Centre became the region’s first ever winter shelter, organizers say the facility has been full nearly every night.

“It hasn’t even gotten that cold yet,” said Ginelle Skerritt, Executive Director of the Warden Woods Community Centre on Metro Morning. “It is surprising that we are at capacity most nights now.”

Each night, 12,000 Ontarians experience homelessness across the province. At the same time, several shelter systems including Toronto is overcrowded and inadequate.

Earlier this month, RNAO sent a letter to Mayor John Tory and members of the Toronto City Council, urging the city to declare an emergency for the shelter system, open 1,000 new shelter beds and open emergency shelters at the Fort York and Moss Park armouries.

However, on Dec. 6, Toronto city council only approved funding to add 400 more shelter beds to the city’s shelter system despite advocacy from RNAO members and a statement by federal MP for Spadina-Fort York and former Toronto city councilor Adam Vaughan confirming that the federal armouries could be made available, if requested by the city.

The rising cost of groceries and housing are behind a spike in the number of people using food banks across Ottawa this year, according to a new report.

The Ottawa Food Bank’s report, released Monday, details a dramatic 5.6 per cent hike in the number of people using food banks across the city since 2016. That means nearly 20,000 people in Ottawa relied on the city’s 28 community food banks in 2017, an increase of more than 1,000 individuals over 2016.

A lack of affordable housing and rising food costs are to blame, according to the report.