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Episode 41
Melanie Redman
Release Date: November 4, 2021

Melanie Redman is the co-founder, President & CEO of A Way Home Canada, a national coalition reimagining solutions to youth homelessness through transformations in policy, planning and practice. A Way Home Canada has inspired communities and countries around the world to adopt the A Way Home brand as a way to participate in a growing international movement for change. Melanie also leads the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness in Canada.

Episode 40
Juha Kaakinen
Release Date: October 29, 2021

Juha Kaakinen is Chief Executive of Y-Foundation, the biggest Finnish NGO providing housing for homeless people and social housing with a housing stock of 18,000 flats. He is internationally known as a passionate advocate of Housing First policy. Finland and Helsinki have made bold commitments to end all homelessness in the next few years, find out why Juha says they can and will make it happen.

Episode 39
Tim Richter
Release Date: October 28, 2021

The 2021 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, happening Nov. 3-4, will arm policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front line workers with the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness. October 28 is the last day to register and participate. Hear from Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness President & CEO, Tim Richter, to learn more about it and the exciting #PandemciHeroes video contest!

Episode 38
Measuring a community’s social capital
Release Date: October 21, 2021

United Way Greater Toronto released two reports on social capital. The studies assess how much residents trust their neighbours and institutions; how extensive and satisfying their social connections are; how civically engaged they are; and how they feel about their safety and services. While the results are encouraging, social capital is inequitably distributed: those with lower incomes and less financial security face greater barriers. We hear from UWGT’s Christine Hill and Isabel Cascante.

Episode 37
Dr. Naheed Dosani
Release Date: October 14, 2021

Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician who cares for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals with dignity and compassion, whether in a shelter or on the street. A transformative experience providing care to a Toronto homeless man at the end of his life motivated him to develop Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH). The program provides community-based hospice palliative care to people regardless of their housing status or factors such as poverty or substance use.

Episode 36
Housing Professionals Mentorship Program
Release Date: October 7, 2021

The Housing Professionals Mentorsip Program is a CSAE award-winning program designed to provide education, mentorship, and networking opportunities for the housing leaders of today and tomorrow. It’s designed to foster innovation and growth in the sector. Hear from Jacob Gorenkoff from the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, and Mary Clarke from the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada.

Episode 35
New pan-Canadian survey on women’s homelessness
Release Date: September 30, 2021

Kaitlin Schwan and Khulud Baig from the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network and authors of a new report, The Pan-Canadian Women’s Housing and Homelessness Survey released Sept. 29, talk to us about the chilling results. This is the largest and first-ever national survey of women experiencing homelessness and housing need in Canada. The report includes key recommendations for governments to address the systemic barriers and issues facing this population.

Episode 34
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq
Release Date: September 23, 2021

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (ᒧᒥᓛᖅ ᖃᖅᑲᖅ) is an Inuk woman and human rights defender. She was elected as an MP in 2019 but chose not to run again in the recent election. Originally from Baker Lake, Mumilaaq has worked with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., The Quality of Life Secretariat in the Government of Nunavut, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Qulliq Energy Corporation among other organizations. She fights for adequate housing, clean water and food security in the North.

Episode 33
Election 44: Housing affordability & renters’ rights
Release Date: September 16, 2021

Five million people in Canada didn’t know if they were going to make rent on September 1. Housing affordability and renters’ rights are key election issues—how are federal party promises faring compared to this country’s rental crisis? Hear from leading experts on affordability, evictions, and renter rights. This is the final episode of our special election series on housing and homelessness as voters in Canada head to the polls.

Episode 32
Election 44: Party platform analysis on housing & homeless
Release Date: September 15, 2021

This election is about housing. We are joined by rights and policy experts Garima Talwar Kapoor – Maytree, Justin Marchand – CHRA Indigenous Caucus, and Ricardo Tranjan – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. They walk us through their analysis of federal party platform commitments on housing and homelessness. This is the fourth episode of our special election series on housing and homelessness as voters in Canada head to the polls.

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