Nushupiq Kilabuk wakes up every day in a shack on the shores Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit with only a lantern and a camping stove to keep him warm — but he says he’s one of the lucky ones.

Next to his shack, which he built himself a little over four years ago, there are two abandoned boats. One is a wooden fishing boat with a small front cabin, the other, an overturned canoe. Inside the fishing boat are sleeping bags and a jerrycan. Underneath the overturned canoe is a mat and an empty packet of cigarettes.

People have been sleeping in and under these boats at night — often several people crowded together to escape the elements.

That’s why Kilabuk believes he’s fortunate for his shack.

Food packaging, discarded clothes and other litter in Gerald James Lynch Park left by those living on Winnipeg’s streets will be addressed going forward, according to the Main Street Project, which has been tasked with helping homeless people living in encampments.

“[We need to] develop a plan that both looks after the individuals and also ensures that we’re able to deal with those messes and clean them up appropriately and not confuse people with the mess,” said Rick Lees, Main Street Project’s executive director.

Some residents in the area previously said they felt the state of the park was indicative of how the city treats homeless people and the lack of resources put into dealing with the issues of homelessness.

The Edmonton region has 1 in 10 people experiencing poverty or 119,950 people. A family of four is considering in poverty when their income is about $39,000 a year or less. The data shows 53% of those experiencing poverty are women, 11% identify as Aboriginal and 42% identify as visible minorities. 9,705 lone parent families are living in low income, of these 8,460 families are female-led.

“This is the kind of information that helps us all see the value of the great collective work being done and the further work needed in our city,” says Michael Phair, co-chair of EndPovertyEdmonton’s Stewardship Round Table. The full complement of data available in A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton (2019) reaffirms initiatives like increased access to affordable transit, affordable child care, and child tax benefits have helped.

Fifty-two people who are homeless or at risk of it will find stable homes when a new supportive-housing project opens in Parksville this month.

The modular housing complex will be staffed with two or more people 24 hours a day and offer employment training, health services and counselling to residents.

“To move from being homeless to being able to live in a beautiful place like this with all the supports, they’re going to be able to stabilize their lives,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo.

We’re now 10 years on from the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Or, as our national mythology puts it, 10 years since Canada breathed a deep sigh of relief as the crisis mostly grazed our economy and financial system.

Ten years after the crisis, many Canadian cities are still in crisis. What follows is a look at the contours and roots of our urban housing crisis, and some avenues for exiting it in a way that would benefit the majority of people.