We often think of poverty in terms of money: you either have enough money or you don’t. The situation isn’t that simple, though. There are many facets of poverty that feed off one another, digging the hole deeper and deeper until someone feels trapped with seemingly no escape.

Food insecurity is one of those facets of poverty. Defined, food insecurity is the inadequate or uncertain access to food. While the definition sounds simple, the problem is anything but.

A provincial strategy to address homeless camps on Crown land is needed given the untenable pressure being downloaded onto Fraser Valley Regional District’s (FVRD) electoral areas, according to an FVRD report.

“Municipalities have been forced to deal with homeless camps for quite some time but without a co-ordinated regional approach, the situation is putting undue pressure on the electoral areas,” Lum said. “As a region we need better co-ordination between municipalities and the rural areas, and clearly the province must be a big part of the solution.”

For many wanting a good night’s sleep, camping out in the river valley is a better bet than hunkering down in a homeless shelter.

It’s the lesser of two evils for 486 individuals, according to a city report released Thursday ahead of next week’s May 8 Community and Public Services Committee meeting at City Hall.

The report is in response to an inquiry from Councillor Scott McKeen, who has heard a whole list of reasons emergency shelter beds go unused.

It documents that out of 1,923 people experiencing chronic homelessness, according to Homeward Trust, 486 individuals were identified as “sleeping rough,” 407 individuals were using emergency shelter services and 1,030 were provisionally accommodated either by staying with others, staying in interim or transitional housing or in institutional care.

Meetings are being held across Grey-Bruce to discuss food insecurity.

The meetings being put on by the Food Security Action Group of the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force aim to bring community organizations, municipal leaders, food producers and community members together, with a goal of improving the system to get food into the hands of those who need it.

Kimberly Edwards, food security hub project co-ordinator, said there are already services available such as food banks in many rural communities in the area, but the goal of the project is to better meet community needs.

“It is about bringing together these service providers and program providers and talking about how to move towards more food security in each town, and what programs and services might compliment that, which programs are missing, and what needs to change,” said Edwards.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland promoted tax hikes for the rich as a way of helping a “hollowed-out” middle class Tuesday, but sidestepped questions on whether the country’s top one per cent will be asked to pay more in the Liberals’ upcoming platform.

Freeland told an audience at Ottawa’s Global Centre for Pluralism that “real structural issues” with capitalism in the 21st century are feeding disruptive populist trends.

Global capitalism is a machine that works extremely well for the super rich, she said. But in this century, Freeland explained, it hasn’t delivered a comfortable, secure life to the broad middle class. “Failure to do that, will mean failure to sustain democracy.”