There are about 5,789 people visibly living on the streets in Quebec — about 76 people for every 100,000 residents, according to results of a headcount that took place last spring in the province.

In Montreal alone, the number stood at 3,149 — a slight increase compared to the last count at 3,016 people.

“Visible” homelessness refers to people who went to emergency shelters, transition homes or spent the night outside during the official count on April 24, 2018.

Hamilton residents enrolled in Ontario’s basic income pilot will receive their final payments Monday as the provincial project winds down close to two years earlier than expected.

The basic income pilot, which included 1,000 participants from the Hamilton-Brantford area, has been providing 4,000 Ontarians in three test sites with an annual guaranteed income of up to $17,000 for individuals and $24,000 a year for couples, less 50 per cent for income earned.

In July, the Progressive Conservative government decided to scrap the pilot just over a year after its launch and following a promise to keep it during the election campaign last spring.

When the province killed the experiment, data collection from pilot participants stopped, too.

We deeply oppose the further institutionalisation of charitable food banks in the UK. Over the last 35 years, the normalisation of food banking in the US and Canada has failed to solve entrenched food insecurity. However, food banking does benefit the reputations of Big Food and supermarket chains as good corporate citizens while distracting attention away from low wages paid to their workers. The emergency food bank parcel comes at a cost to recipients’ humanity and dignity.

Charitable food aid is a sticking plaster on a gaping wound of systemic inequality in our societies…

The 10-bed regional hospital that serves the medical needs of 5,000 people on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island has been doing extra duty lately as an emergency shelter for the homeless and poorly housed, says the mayor of Tofino.

Josie Osborne says she and her council were shocked to discover that Tofino General Hospital regularly provides beds and meals for people who arrive at the facility for treatment who would normally not require in-patient service.

“I personally was unaware that people were staying overnight in the hospital sometimes because they simply didn’t have an adequate home to go back to,” said Osborne. “That’s deeply concerning.”

“It’s a clarion call, I think, to the entire community to say we have problems we have to talk about,” Osborne said. “They are difficult to talk about but we’ve got to resolve these.”

On Monday, the provincial government unveiled the long-awaited poverty-reduction plan, Together B.C., ending B.C.’s shameful chapter as the only province without a poverty-reduction strategy. As the last province to cross the finish line, B.C. had ample opportunity to learn from the successes and shortcomings of other provincial plans.

But we at Together Against Poverty Society can’t celebrate a plan that fails to meaningfully help those who are most marginalized by the status quo.

The poorest of the poor, including those on provincial income and disability assistance, are well past the point that the incrementalism offered by the plan can or should be tolerated. Successive provincial governments sat back idly for decades while B.C.’s poverty rates climbed to some of the highest in the country. B.C. continues to have the second highest rate of overall poverty in Canada, one of the highest rates of child poverty and, in Vancouver, the highest concentration of poverty of any major Canadian city.

A report from the BC Coroners Service shows a significant increase in the number of deaths of homeless individuals in this province since the opioid crisis was declared in 2016.

According to the report, 175 homeless people died between 2015 and 2016, a 140 per cent increase over 73 deaths in 2015. The province declared a state of emergency regarding the opioid crisis in the spring of 2016.

Longtime anti-poverty activist Ivan Drury has been charged after an incident at Maple Ridge’s Anita Place homeless camp.

According to Ridge Meadows RCMP, Drury and another woman were arrested at the camp on Tuesday when police were called to the site “while the City of Maple Ridge continued work in the area.”

Activists say city crews were on site removing tents and structures belonging to campers who have not been “verified” as residents of the camp by the City.