Skip to main content

Need to tackle root causes of homelessness, message at national conference

Sudbury city councillor Deb McIntosh recently returned from a national conference in Halifax on tackling the growing issue across the country of people having no place to call home.

It was hosted by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.

"I want to start with what somebody said during the conference that has really resonated with me and that was that 'we are ending homelessness every single day, but what we need to do is turn off the faucets on the causes of homelessness,'" said McIntosh.

Delegates at the conference heard from people of all ages with lived experience with homelessness, including young people.

"And how the foster care system, they age out. And unlike my children, who have a safety net -- even in their 30s, we are still here for them -- those kids don’t," said McIntosh.

"Those young adults don’t and a lot of them end up in and out of homelessness throughout their lives."

The councillor also shared that social services and bylaw staff from the City of Greater Sudbury made a presentation at the conference about how it’s working to help people find a home and also keep that home.

"You know also the supports, once they get into housing, to help them stay there," said McIntosh.

"Pots and pans, and blankets and towels and things like that. Those kinds of wrap-around services. And not just say 'here’s you room, stay there.'"

Another presentation that resonated with her is the importance of safe third spaces for people to come together and feel a sense of community. Top Stories

'No concessions' St-Onge says in $100M a year news deal with Google

The Canadian government has reached a deal with Google over the Online News Act that will see the tech giant pay $100 million annually to publishers, and continue to allow access to Canadian news content on its platform. This comes after Google had threatened to block news on its platform when the contentious new rules come into effect next month.


opinion Don Martin: With Trudeau resignation fever rising, a Conservative nightmare appears

With speculation rising that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will follow his father's footsteps in the snow to a pre-election resignation, political columnist Don Martin focuses on one Liberal cabinet minister who's emerging as leadership material -- and who stands out as a fresh-faced contrast to the often 'angry and abrasive' leader of the Conservatives.

Stay Connected