Homeless Tide Is Sure to Rise

By Nick FalvoToronto Star

July 31, 2010

"The recession is finally over, but we haven’t seen all of the after-effects, especially when we’re talking about homelessness. And if our political leaders don’t come to terms with this soon, we’ll see a steep rise in homelessness in the near future."


Recession Over?  Not In Toronto

Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail

October 21, 2010

"The economy has officially left the recession and the stats show all the jobs lost have now been recovered. But a closer look at Canada’s largest city shows troubling trends behind the numbers. Bankruptcies in Toronto are nearly triple the national average. Higher-paying manufacturing jobs are disappearing while lower-paying service-sector jobs are being created. More people are waiting for social housing. Welfare rates are the highest in more than a decade. The unemployment rate for the census metropolitan area has risen to 9.2 per cent, well above the national average, and an analysis to be released on Friday predicts it will remain elevated for two more years. All this is straining social services just as charity funding is getting squeezed. It’s a sobering picture of a city that’s home to one in eight jobs in the Canadian economy. The recession may indeed be over, but its legacy lingers."


Long-term Joblessness On the Rise

Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Canada has won back all the jobs lost during the economic meltdown, but for the country's 1.5 million unemployed the recession's shadow lingers. [...] The growing strain to find new work reaches far beyond the manufacturing sector, where workers by the tens of thousands have lost their jobs as factories close and companies shift production to lower-cost countries. Long-term unemployment has spread to accountants, executives and educators, many of them older workers who haven’t before had to cope without a job for long."


Recession Increases Need, Decreases Charitable Giving

"Need for social services is increasing in Toronto, but the continuing recession means that donations are not keeping up."

Spike in Food Bank Use Is A National Disgrace

Paul Sullivan, Metro Canada

November 17, 2010

"Did you know that last March, 867,948 Canadians stood in line at a food bank?  That’s nearly one million Canadians who either can’t or don’t know how to take care of themselves, and the number is rising.  One in 10 of those people were there for the first time, and that’s 28 per cent higher than 2008. This in a country where people are giving each other cars for Christmas."



Calm Before the Storm: The Great Recession's Impact on Homelessness

By Nick Falvo  

Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the

Canadian Economics Association


Food Banks Canada 

Hunger Facts 2009


Toronto’s Economic Recovery Leaving Many Behind

Special Report by TD Financial Group, October 22, 2010

"The Bottom Line: Putting it all together, Toronto displayed an impressive showing during a recession that devastated many other urban economies. For many families, however, the recession was real and has worsened during the past year of rebounding real GDP growth. In particular, the Toronto area jobless rate remains elevated and social assistance and social housing programs are in great demand. These trends are expected to continue in the short-term in view of prospects for a sharp slowdown in economic growth and moves by governments to rein in deficits. Reduced public spending growth will put more pressure on community and charitable organizations to assist those most in need. As many of these organizations are experiencing increased demand for their products and services, fall fundraising campaigns will be looked at to help fill the funding gap."


"Zero Dollar Linda," A Meditation on Malcolm Gladwell's "Million Dollar Murray," the Linda Chamberlain Rule, and the Auditor General of Ontario.

By John Stapleton, Metcalf Foundation

This new report explores the weaknesses in the design of North American social welfare institutions through the stories of two individuals. It shows what can happen to people when they receive the Ontario Disability Support Program, live in subsidized housing, and try to be as self-reliant as possible. In the end, government policy-making uses tough, counterproductive rules that make it almost impossible to gain greater independence, and gives little discretion to those who administer the system. The paper explores how the Auditor General has done little to address this unbending system and chooses instead to fan the flames of a public perception that Ontario’s social assistance system is riddled with fraud. 

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