This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.
Picture a homeless encampment in a public park. The rains and recent snow have transformed most of the lawn into a massive puddle. The number of tents in Victoria’s Central Park has decreased since last fall, but there were still 45 of them on December 15th. One was sitting on a pallet, which raised the floor above the water, but the neighbouring tents are all in water.
Continue reading Central Park tent city washed out
By Sam Dharmasena, CJRU 1280 AM – Ryerson University’s campus and community multi-media hub, Local Journalism Initiative.
Supporting Our Unhoused Neighbours is a recently-launched fundraising campaign by social venture Building Roots and the volunteers of Encampment Support Network (ESN). CJRU spoke with Building Roots’ outreach coordinator Hannah Backman about their campaign, the interlocking nature of food insecurity and other social disparities, and how they’re responding to the pandemic.
Continue reading Toronto: supporting our unhoused neighbours campaign
“The Pulse” @ Vancouver Co-Op Radio, CRFO 100.5 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter and rebroadcast over the Oct 30, 2020 edition of Cortes Currents.
Vancouver’s City Council has been passing a number of motions to alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis since May. But for those on the street or in tent cities, those motions haven’t translated into changes in their living conditions.
Continue reading Vancouver seeks to alleviate homelessness
“the Pulse” @ Vancouver Co-Op Radio, CRFO 100.5 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter and rebroadcast over the Oct 30, 2020 edition of Cortes Currents.
Although Premier Horgan’s $10-a-day childcare pledge would be a game-changer for many, Simon Fraser University’s Stewart Prest said other important issues — renters rights, welfare rates, homelessness and drug laws — got sideswiped off the election campaign stage by COVID-19. The political scientist in Vancouver said people hopeful for radical reforms from the newly elected B.C. New Democrat majority government should probably brace for some disappointment.
Continue reading Low income families: don’t expect radical reforms from the NDP