Category: Poverty

  • If Housing is a Right We Should Take It

    In Toronto and across Canada, homelessness has reached proportions that no rational and just society would tolerate and it constitutes an emergency situation. The Trump Administration, seeing levels of destitution in California that are producing social dislocation, is preparing for a brutal crackdown on the homeless. We would do well to understand how close we … Keep reading »

  • Holding Pens for the Homeless

    Homelessness is spinning out of control in many places, not least right here in Toronto. However, in California, the situation is now generating an acute political crisis. So great is the problem of mass destitution in that state that whole urban areas are facing a threat to public health and a level of social dislocation … Keep reading »

  • A Knapsack Full of Dreams /w Cathy Crowe

    Cathy Crowe discusses her book A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse and Canada’s 21st century homelessness crisis. Over the past three decades, a series of federal governments cut funding for social programs and eliminated our national housing program, leaving hundreds of thousands of people victim to the tsunami of homelessness that … Watch video »

  • A Nightmare of Homelessness: A Knapsack Full of Dreams

    Cathy Crowe’s book A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse comes out of decades of witnessing and challenging a growing blight of destitution and poverty in Toronto that has developed with the advance of the neoliberal agenda. In writing this review, I should make clear that I have known Cathy for a … Keep reading »

  • Disablement, Oppression, and Political Economy

    It is often claimed that disabled persons are invisible, disregarded by mainstream society, and irrelevant to the workings of society. This analysis has attempted to explain that the “unemployables” have been deliberately shut out of the labor force due to a capitalist economy that so far has dictated their exclusion by measure of economic calculations … Keep reading »

  • A Tale of Two Austerities

    The UK’s brutal austerity regime is acting as a template for similar programmes across the Atlantic in Canada, reports John Clarke. Keep reading »

  • A Tale of Two Toilets: Profiting from Necessity?

    Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities famously opens with the lines “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” Reflecting extremes in wealth and well-being, a number of current publications mirror Dickens: Andrew Levine’s “A Tale of Two … Keep reading »

  • The Homelessness Crisis Deepens Across North America

    As an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) in Toronto, I am only too aware of how much worse the homeless crisis has become in this city over the last three years. As a result of community pressure, City Hall issues a daily shelter census. In a whole series of ways, the official … Keep reading »

  • Doug Ford’s War on Ontario’s Poor

    Analysis by @JohnOCAP of the new war on the poor by the Ford government in Ontario. Keep reading »

  • Stop Land Grabs – Declaration

    Declaration of the Social Movements: Ten Peoples’ Principles Against Land Grabs, Evictions and Neoliberalism “Let a New World be born in Bandung for a genuine land reform, not land grabs!” — Bandung-Indonesia, September 24, 2018. The world order of the 21st century has changed, as colonialism and imperialism mutate into many faces. Neoliberalism becomes the new … Keep reading »

  • Doug Ford’s New Poor Laws Replace Basic Income

    The decision of the new Tory Government in Ontario to terminate the basic income (BI) pilot project that their Liberal predecessors had set in motion, confirms that the right is as divided as the left on this issue of social policy. The Doug Ford Tories form part of an international right wing opposition to BI … Keep reading »

  • Disabled People in UK Lead Fight Against Austerity

    On July 20, I was truly honoured to represent the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) at the International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit, in Stratford, east London that had been convened by one of our key allies in the UK, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). This powerful gathering was an important moment in the … Keep reading »