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.
With the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre and the National Day of Remembrance and Day of Action on Violence Against Women on December 6 and the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign having run from November 25 to December 10, now is a good time to reflect on domestic violence in Canada and what can be done to provide better supports. With a focus on domestic leave policies in Canada, this article comments on the gap in equality between women in lower and those in higher paying positions and the implications arising from this gap.
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.
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.
The benefits and features of virtual health care are gaining more attention as a possible solution that addresses the need for more accessible and convenient care. Moreover, the applied approaches to social distancing during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having a durable, virtual health infrastructure. This article discusses the opportunities, challenges, and possibilities of the virtualization of health care services.
One aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been overlooked is the effect that the crisis itself and the policies implemented as a result of it has had on the mental health of Canadians. This article examines the impacts of the crisis on the mental health of Canadians and highlights areas for improvements in terms of public policy.
Heightened attention has been given to the problems of homelessness and housing insecurity across Canada. Under present conditions, eviction is closer to reality for many due to the lifting of eviction bans.