In written delegations, the Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team, Keeping Six, a harm-reduction advocacy group, and the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic urge the city to leave the encampments be unless inhabitants are given acceptable alternatives.

Doctors Tim O’Shea and Jill Wiwcharuk say clearing away people can severe crucial ties outreach and health-care workers have established with vulnerable patients who don’t stay in shelters.

“People don’t cease to exist when they are told to move along,” said Wiwcharuk.

The chair of an all-party committee on poverty believes a basic income guarantee can become a reality on P.E.I. — and the COVID-19 pandemic has helped show what is possible.

Green Party MLA Trish Altass said she is encouraged by the agreement on the guiding principles put forth by the committee on what a basic income guarantee would look like.

“It’s a realization that everyone deserves to live with basic health and dignity and I was so pleased that we came to that agreement,” she said.

The committee released an interim report last week and will present its final report to the P.E.I. Legislature in November.

The mantra, “Health is Wealth,” expresses the commonly held ideology that investing in health returns the ultimate wealth; longevity. This phrase proposes that finances have little do with health and wellness and that eating unhealthily is vindicated on a conscious choice to do so. Many voices within the wellness community offer simple tips to eating healthy on a diet like buying in bulk or opting for vegetables that are nutritiously dense like broccoli and kale. These prominently held ideologies within the wellness community lead to fat-shaming, poverty-shaming, and reducing wellness to an exclusive club with an invisible cost. Many invisible barriers make healthy eating inaccessible. Many academics point to the threat of food deserts, food swamps, and food mirages that divide the country and people’s access to healthy foods.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a feature of our modern economy: the essential workers in our society are the lowest paid and have the least job security. Grocery store and pharmacy cashiers, personal service workers and nursing home caregivers were all required to keep working through the initial fear and unknown of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Silently and imperceptibly our economy has shifted from an environment where these workers and other low wage jobs shifted from permanent jobs with benefits to precarious part-time work with no benefits. Even if the hourly wage is above the minimum wage, with part-time hours the result can still mean living below the poverty line.

Like other provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador is currently looking to the federal government for financial assistance. Unlike other provinces, our debt-to-GDP ratio is approximately 85 per cent. That is largely unprecedented for a sub-national jurisdiction.

“We can’t cut and tax our way out of this, as this would have a devastating effect on the people of the province and on our prospects for economic recovery.” said Finance Minister Tom Osborne, as he gave the province’s dreaded financial update on June 4.

This is an astonishing admission from a political leader after almost a decade of cuts, on the part of four different governments and two different parties.

Edmonton’s homeless shelter system is scrambling to find space now that Kinsmen Sports Centre has reverted back to recreational use, clearing out the 180 overnight beds set up early on in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The temporary overnight shelter has been running out of Kinsmen since late-March.

With rec centres allowed to reopen as part of the province’s stage two relaunch, The Mustard Seed pulled the beds out of Kinsmen on Monday morning, relocating to a church just off Whyte Avenue. But there’s only room for 50 beds there.

We share three observations from the early success of the COVID recovery site program to inform broader conversations regarding the long-term housing needs of the more than 7,000 people experiencing homelessness in Toronto.

1. Large scale solutions to housing are possible
2. Support all forms of care
3. Keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the horizon