Stock markets shuddered and skidded like an old, overloaded pickup truck on a bad country road this week, no doubt discomfiting several billionaires several times in several places. The stock market’s swerviness got lots of media coverage, so typical of these times in which we show a collective obsession with attaching numbers to as many things as possible so that we might understand them fully. The unevenness of our numerophilia was demonstrated by information from the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. These organizations have compiled a national report card. The report card seemed to get less urgent coverage than the stock market’s global case of the jitters. The latter coverage you could have wallpapered the Yukon with.
Just for the record, you can attach all the numbers you like to homelessness. Start with a cost reckoned to be seven billion dollars a year!
The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013 49-page .pdf file from homelesshub.ca
image: man wearing a “Capote” made from Hudson’s Bay blanket by Steelbeard1 via Wikimedia Commons