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Social services minister says Regina council’s decision not to buy property for shelter a ‘setback’

Saskatchewan’s minister of social services describes Regina city council’s decision to not purchase property for a permanent emergency shelter as a “setback” in addressing homelessness in the city. Gene Makowsky also admitted that although the province is willing to provide funding to assist cities in creating shelters, the commitment is not limitless.  Makowsky said he is confident in the City […]

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Permanent emergency shelter planned for downtown Kitchener after region buys YW building

The Region of Waterloo has purchased a building in downtown Kitchener from YW Kitchener-Waterloo to use as a permanent emergency shelter. Regional councillors approved the purchase of the building on Wednesday night at a cost of $9.46 million. YW Kitchener-Waterloo has operated a women’s emergency shelter at 84 Frederick St. in Kitchener since the early

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Naujaat hamlet council declines $6.8M in Jordan’s Principle funding

There is $6.8 million in Jordan’s Principle funding approved for Naujaat, but it won’t be coming to the community because the hamlet’s council turned down the money. Jordan’s Principle is administered through the federal Department of Indigenous Services to ensure all First Nations and Inuit children in Canada have access to the health and educational

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PM says he will apologize for First Nations child welfare discrimination

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to publicly apologize for the discrimination faced by First Nations children and their families because of the federal government’s child welfare policies, CBC News has learned. Trudeau outlined the government’s plan for the apology in a June 17 letter to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak. “I

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Proposed boarding house backed by Iqaluit planning committee

A proposed 27-room boarding house in Iqaluit would be an affordable place to call home for people who currently live in shelters, says Laurel McCorriston, executive director of the non-profit housing organization Uquutaq Society. The City of Iqaluit’s planning and development committee voted to grant a development permit to Uquutaq during its meeting Tuesday, where

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At an overflowing shelter in Longueuil, Que., work is underway to replace it with social housing

Nestled against the fence of a tennis court and steps from an elementary school sits an encampment with some 30 tents filled with people without a home. Not long ago, François Moissan was one of them. “I was in the same situation. I got out of it, but now I kind of [give] back. I bring food to the people who

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