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An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind

Neither these catastrophic outcomes nor the misgivings of police themselves have produced an answer to the obvious question: How should society handle these kinds of incidents? If not law enforcement, who should intervene? https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/12/cahoots-program-may-reduce-likelihood-of-police-violence/617477/ Continue reading An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind

Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.

Almost 70 percent of them were food secure in one month. On average, the cash recipients spent a total of three fewer months in a shelter than those in the control group. After one year, cash recipients reduced their spending on alcohol, drugs and cigarettes by an average of almost 40 percent, challenging “the widespread … Continue reading Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.

B.C.’s tiny homes show big promise for homeless

Last Friday, 12 people moved into the first cluster of little sleeping cabins on a Duncan parking lot. The eight-foot-by-eight-foot rooms have a window, a door, a plug, an electric baseboard heater and a bed. Another two clusters are in progress. Cost: a little less than $7,000 a cabin. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bcs-tiny-houses-show-big-promise-for-homeless/ Continue reading B.C.’s tiny homes show big promise for homeless

Ontario’s homeless 5 times more likely to die of COVID-19, study finds

Following nearly 30,000 people with a recent history of homelessness over a six-month period, the researchers found that they were more likely to become infected with the novel coronavirus, be hospitalized, experience complications, and die.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-s-homeless-5-times-more-likely-to-die-of-covid-19-study-finds-1.5869024 Continue reading Ontario’s homeless 5 times more likely to die of COVID-19, study finds

Community advocates excited by long-awaited cold weather shelter in Parksville

The shelter, funded by the province, will provide a much-needed warm, safe and secure place to sleep for people who are experiencing homelessness in the community, BC Housing spokesperson Laura Mathews said in an email. https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/02/23/news/community-advocates-long-awaited-cold-weather-shelter-parksville Continue reading Community advocates excited by long-awaited cold weather shelter in Parksville