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The cost of inaction for youth ‘aging out’ of Ontario foster care is estimated at $2 billion

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

One key recommendation is to rethink the norm of independence at 18. From interviews with youth, all describe profound isolation, loneliness and few caring relationships underpinning the challenges they face. We must shift to a model of interdependence — fostering non-professional caring relationships for youth under state guardianship that extend long after 18.

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Violent, militarized park encampment clearings won’t end homelessness in Toronto. Here’s a human rights approach

Monday, July 26th, 2021

While encampments are not ideal, and are not a permanent solution to the crisis of homelessness, they must not be criminalized or removed until the governments can provide reasonable alternatives. When the City of Toronto cites health and safety concerns as a reason for encampment removal, we must remember that this is the result of a societal failure to provide access to housing, let alone running water, bathrooms, and other basic necessities needed to ensure the right to life — and good health during a pandemic.

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The City must work with people living in encampments – not evict them

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Leaving people out of the decisions that affect their lives so profoundly is part of the wrong-headed decision-making process that led us to encampments in the first place. All paths forward on encampments must involve the meaningful participation of the people who are living in them.

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Measured progress: A new National Scorecard provides the framework for smart and inclusive long-term growth for Canada

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Century Initiative’s inaugural 2021 National Scorecard identified the following key issues as focus areas… productivity… spending on research and development… household debt… public spending on training… availability of childcare… child & youth well-being… public spending related to children & families… quality of broadband internet… environmental sustainability… By measuring our progress, we can manage it

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Province invests $47 million in supportive housing programs

Friday, December 11th, 2020

… more individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live with mental health and addictions issues will have increased access to the community supports they need… CMHA Ontario advocates that stable housing is a key determinant of good health. Read more on the relationship between housing and mental health here.

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Human rights cities: The power and potential of local government to advance economic and social rights

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

… a growing number of local governments from across the world are turning to human rights to affirm a vision of more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable communities. Such places may be broadly categorized as “human rights cities.” … we offer a few key points for cities and municipalities of all sizes to consider to protect, promote, and fulfill human rights…

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Why Canada’s Climate Advocates Are Excited by Biden’s Housing Plans

Monday, December 7th, 2020

“When you think about the housing crisis in Canada, the homelessness crisis in Canada, the joblessness crisis and the climate crisis, you have a solution which is literally where we live that offers us the opportunity to address all these intersecting crises at once”… The factors are all there for a Green New Deal for housing,

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Toronto to get $203M, Vancouver and Montreal to split about $108M more under city-specific housing plan

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Fifteen Canadian cities will share $500-million in federal money as part of a plan to quickly build 3,000 new units of affordable housing across the country… the amounts allocated to the cities are based on factors such as the number of people in severe housing need.

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It is possible to end chronic homelessness if we act now

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Our goal must be more than moving people off the street. It must be to help people live full lives and be connected, healthy and well. At a time when we are all struggling with feeling disconnected, this is more relevant than ever. Homelessness in Canada is not inevitable; it is the predictable outcome of choices we have made collectively over past decades. We must expand housing and support services to end chronic homelessness. At the same time, we need to address the forces that cause people to become homeless in the first place.

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ER doctors gave cellphones to their patients and results were stunning

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

COVID-19 has brought homelessness, social isolation, poverty, and other determinants of health into sharp focus. We think putting digital equity at the centre of care helps address urgent health imperatives, provide some human dignity, and be the first step toward improving the health and wellness of the most marginalized in our society.

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