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Episode 105
Working collaboratively to end homelessness in Canada
January 5, 2023

When community member, Marc Boychuk, saw people freezing to death on the streets in Peace River, Alberta, he didn’t wait for others to take action, and instead became part of the solution. Marc joins us this week to discuss his incredible journey, how he does so much community work when he’s not at his full-time job, and the amazing strides forward his community has made, in large, due to his efforts.

Episode 104
How to create affordable housing in a unique & scalable way
December 29, 2022

In Markham, Ontario, a volunteer group called MICAH has been creating affordable housing for years in a unique and very scalable way. MICAH President, Mike Clare joins us this week on the pod to talk about how it all came to be, the many projects they’ve developed, and the projects they have their sights on for the future.

Episode 103
The challenges surrounding Ontario’s passing of Bill 23
December 22, 2022

This week, we are doubling up on our experts as we discuss Ontario’s controversial “More Homes Built Faster Act” better known as Bill 23. John Fox, Managing Partner at Robins Appleby and Leilani Farha, Global Director at The Shift join us to discuss what challenges this new Bill poses and how it could be improved moving forward.

Episode 102
Ending hunger in urban communities
December 15, 2022

This week, we are joined by Neil Hetherington, CEO of the Daily Bread Food Bank to discuss the just-released annual report: “Who’s Hungry?” As the number of food bank users continues to climb, we chat about some of the report’s findings, along with solutions to reducing and ending poverty in Canada.

Episode 101
What is the future of Toronto housing?
December 8, 2022

This week, we are joined by Jag Sharma, President and CEO of Toronto Community Housing, the largest provider of social housing in the country to discuss the innovative work the organization is doing, the challenges they face, and their plans for the future to support those in need in the Toronto area.

Episode 100
Scars and Stars with Jesse Thistle
December 1, 2022

On this week’s episode, we talk to Jesse about his new book of love poems, Scars and Stars, a profound collection that expands on the ideas and experiences that have shaped his body of work thus far. You don’t want to miss it!

Episode 99
Tools for homelessness prevention
November 24, 2022

We can’t end homelessness if we don’t prevent it from happening in the first place. Justin Sage-Passant and his team at Covenant House Toronto not only understand this, but are also taking huge strides in preventing young people from experiencing homelessness. He joins us to discuss their new prevention initiatives, Diversion, Youth Reconnect and Family and Natural supports, and the difference they are making in the Toronto youth homelessness space.

Episode 98
What is the Right to Housing and how can we claim it?
November 17, 2022

On this week’s episode, we are joined by David DesBaillets, a postdoctoral scholar at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative to discuss the “Right to Housing”, what it means, what it doesn’t, and how this right has been challenged throughout the pandemic. A wide-ranging and fun conversation with a brilliant researcher that you won’t want to miss!

Episode 97
Preventing Indigenous Youth Homelessness
November 3, 2022

This week, we are joined by Dr. Cynthia Puddu and Cheyanne Greyeyes to discuss the importance of connecting Indigenous youth to their culture, the challenges of conducting research during the pandemic, and a brilliant multi-generational housing program connecting Indigenous Elders and Youth.

Episode 96
Squeegee Kids, their criminalization and homelessness experience
November 1, 2022

This week, we are joined by Samantha Blondeau, an MA Criminology Student at Ontario Tech University, to discuss the criminalization and homelessness experience of Squeegee Kids.

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