Society & Culture

Hidden Homelessness in Lockdown: Increased Tensions, Increased Vulnerability

The significance of having a place to call home has been heightened in the past year. With government officials advising citizens to stay at home to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, attention was appropriately turned to those who were visibly homeless. Individuals experiencing homelessness, however, do not simply exist in visible places such as sidewalks, alleys, parks, and emergency shelters. A portion of those who are homeless experience hidden homelessness, which occurs in private settings: on the couches of friends and family, in overcrowded apartments, in the homes of an abusive partner, or any other form of private residence where tenancy is insecure. This situation raises important questions: Who experiences hidden homelessness? Why are individuals experiencing hidden homelessness? And how is covid-19 impacting the experience of hidden homelessness? The answers to these questions will make clear that there is a need to ensure that all forms of homelessness are adequately addressed and eliminated.

COVID Burnout

We are putting our healthcare system and frontline workers under dangerous strain. The COVID19 pandemic has changed us forever and after almost a year of social distancing and hiding our faces behind masks, we’re still seeing surge after surge after surge. Burnout is becoming more and more common and the health of our healthcare system and healthcare professionals are buckling under the strain.

OPINION | Bloody Good News: Scotland Tackles Period Poverty

Scotland is the first country in the world to make period products free for those who need them. The Period Products (Free Provision)(Scotland) Bill, proposed by Monica Lennon MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) was approved unanimously by MSPs on November 24 2020. Soon, it will become enshrined in law and I, alongside many others, am delighted that Scotland is tackling period poverty, especially using such an inclusive approach. The Bill will make the service accessible to all who need it and give responsibility to local authorities (councils) and institutions to tailor the service to their population’s needs.  

Love Thy Neighbor

The new abortion bill in Poland has meant further restrictions on when abortions can be provided. The country already has some of the strictest laws in Europe. However, there is an estimated 100,000 abortions provided to Polish women annually that are predominantly provided by Germany and Slovakia. This articles examines what the abortion changes in Poland will mean for Polish women within the context of COVID and tense relations within the EU between Poland and the Western EU countries.

Mothering in Poverty: Has There Been Any Progress in Canada?

The shift from a Keynesian welfare state and the Canadian Assistance Plan to a neoliberal governance and the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) model in the 1980s and 1990s and then the implementation of the current Poverty Reduction Strategy has had numerous implications for poverty in Canada. With a focus on single mothers in Canada, this article will assess the impact of each of these policy shifts to determine whether or not poverty has in fact been reduced.

OPINION | Justice Amy Coney Barrett: A Dire Threat to America’s Progress

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States is not an occasion to celebrate. Her nomination comes at a time when political polarization and partisanship is at an all time high in the US. Barrett’s political views and judicial history is unlikely to mitigate this. Instead, she could very well be one of the biggest threats to America’s ever-developing progress.

OPINION | The Other Cost of Post-Secondary Education

With more and more women deciding to put off starting families because of career, education and lifestyle it may be worth examining what the potential consequences of those decision may turn out to be. This article considers the idea that this “one has plenty of time” theory may result in a generation of people with serious regrets.

Stand Up and (Finally) Be Counted: Paganism’s Changing Future in Scotland

The next Scottish census will be in 2021 and this will be the first year that ‘Pagan’ is offered as an option in the religion category. This is an awaited breakthrough for the community of this minority religion who have never had official recognition in a census, and who have fought for the past 20 years to have more coverage, respect, and official statistics surrounding their numbers in Scotland.

The Politics of Defining Vulnerability: The Need to Shift from Viewing Indigenous Girls as Willful Statistics to Being Additionally Vulnerable

The formal definition of a vulnerable child or youth used by most Canadian provinces points to factors such as age, disability and, more vaguely, the general risk of abuse or neglect. But these factors do not encompass indigenous women and girls. Consequently, to fully understand the meaning of vulnerability and it’s relationship to colonialism, racism, misogyny and sexism, there is a need to use an intersectional lens that takes Indigenous feminist thought into account.