It’s down time at the Salvation Army men’s shelter on York Boulevard in Hamilton.

The dorms of the Booth Centre are empty before they reopen for the evening. Soon all 82 beds will be occupied.

“I think it’s safe to say that we’re pretty much full every night,” says James Moulton, the Salvation Army’s local executive director.

Food insecurity is largely about the struggle to afford food. Insufficient social assistance, increases in the number of low-wage, part-time, or contract jobs, and a lack of affordable housing have created financial constraints that make it more and more difficult to eat. Proof, a food-insecurity research group at the University of Toronto, breaks down the problem a few ways. Worrying that you’ll run out of provisions before you manage to buy more is “marginally food insecure.” According to Proof’s analysis of the most recent nationwide data from Statistics Canada, about 580,000 households fell into that category in 2012.

A Toronto hotel currently housing some 500 homeless people and asylum seekers is being sold to a private developer, CBC Toronto has learned.

The potential sale from the current owners, Virk Hospitality, to the Sunray Group for $20.5 million, is set to close later this month.

While it’s unclear when those living at the hotel will be moved, it could spell trouble for some of the city’s most vulnerable people, as well as Toronto’s already over-burdened shelter system, according to advocates for the homeless.

After a year of consultations, an advisory board to the federal government released a set of recommendations Feb. 25 intended to spur the federal government to work harder on improving food systems in Northern Indigenous communities.

“Our recommendations are different and important because of their breadth and their Indigenous and Northern focus,” said National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB) member Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier.

“Given the alarming levels of food insecurity in Northern communities and the impact of hunger on healthy and productive communities, the board decided to undertake to examine these issues and develop recommendations to give to the federal government to address Northern sustainable food systems.”

A controversial downtown Kelowna shelter for the homeless, slated to close this month, will instead be kept open until June.

The provincial government on Tuesday announced the three-month operating extension for the 80-bed Cornerstone shelter on Leon Avenue, run by the John Howard Society.

“Keeping the shelter open will allow people to stay indoors while the province continues to work with the city, the John Howard Society and community partners toward a relocation strategy,” a government release stated.

A change to provincial government identification policy last year wasn’t supposed to make life harder for marginalized people, but it did, says Rev. Carmen Lansdowne of the First United Church Community Ministry Society.

In May 2018 the province changed its enrolment process for Health Insurance BC and stopped automatically reissuing Non-Photo Services Cards that advocates had been able to request for the people they work with.

As a result, some marginalized people are facing huge bills because they can’t prove they’re eligible for health care and other services.