Backlash. We think that’s what you call it when an idea turns and inflicts a set of consequences. In this case, it’s the sprawl so enthusiastically embraced in so many parts of southern Ontario in the 1980s and 1990s. For lots of folks, SUVs and monster homes are still working well. For others, not so much. It seems a confluence of resources, inequality and a stunning lack of imagination are problematic indeed when it comes to community design. To wit, recent pieces at cbc.ca/news. Woods and basements, people.
A US study finds tactical, one-time cash assistance in the amount of $1000 has a really good influence on the lives of those about to tip into homelessness. Even the crudest cost/benefit analysis of keeping one person out of homelessness, let alone many, ought to reveal the good common sense of this kind of social spending. An ounce of prevention…
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Comprised of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon this publication’s home region, Peel, is famed for strained social services. That makes very welcome whatever media attention is available regarding social conditions here.
Stunning statistics drive need to help Peel’s homeless youth
mississauga.com – access three-part series via link
Survey probes health of Burnaby’s homeless youth
image: Burnaby, BC in 1966 by Robert Ciavarro via Flickr/CC
“Gunner died in a bleak, windswept area near the railway tracks, far from the bright lights and tall buildings of downtown.”
In suburban-poverty.com’s home city, Mississauga, there’s a legendary moment that gets brought up now and then in volunteer and social services circles. It has to do with the time the city’s mayor was brought, while maybe halfway through her four-decade-long career, to see physical evidence of full-on homelessness. She was utterly floored by the idea her huge, growth-crazed suburban realm had some two dozen or so people living under a railroad bridge, in a culvert or two and sleeping rough in woodlots or behind industrial buildings. This was something like twenty years ago.
Suburban homelessness is a problem often neglected in Toronto
Canada’s biggest city-region should have the best housed people on the face of the Earth. The following opinion piece from The Toronto Star reads well next to the Daily Shelter Census from the City of Toronto.
image: Toronto at night in winter by Joe Howell via Wikimedia Commons
image: Pearson Scott Foresman via Wikimedia Commons