Episodes

Check out our podcast library. Don’t miss any episodes featuring the bright voices and important issues about homelessness and housing in Canada.

(A new episode is released every Thursday.)


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.

Episode 95
Seeing Double on Youth Homelessness
October 27, 2022

This week we are joined by guests Dr. Naomi Thulien and Mardi Daley to discuss their presentation at CAEH’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness and the Transitioning out of Youth Homelessness clinical trial.

Episode 94
Taking (or not taking) a gender-based approach to ending homelessness
October 25, 2022

This week, we are joined by back Abe Oudshoorn, an Associate Director and Professor at Western University’s School of Nursing as well as the Arthur Labatt Family Chair in Nursing Leadership in Health Equity. We’ll be talking about his upcoming presentation at CAEH’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness where he’ll share results from a Canadian national survey exploring the current state of communities taking (or not taking) a gender-based approach to ending homelessness.

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