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Ten of the Top Documentaries About Life In Poverty

#10 A Place at the Table 49 million people in the U.S. don't know where their next meal is coming from despite America having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for every citizen. A Place at the Table examines the issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity. #9 Living on One Dollar Living on One Dollar follows the journey of four friends as they set out to live on just $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites, and extreme financial stress as they attempt to survive life on the edge. #8 The End of Poverty This documentary is notorious for its unique historical perspective on global poverty. The End of Poverty hi

Barriers To Cancer Care For Elder Homeless Men

Homelessness is a universal issue that continues to affect hundreds of nations worldwide. The UN estimates that, globally, at least 100 million individuals are homeless at any given time. In Canada, at least 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness in any given year, 30,000+ Canadians are homeless on any given night, and 50,000+ Canadians per night are part of the "hidden homeless" — staying with friends or relatives on a temporary basis as they have nowhere else to go. In the USA, about 3.5 million people experience homelessness annually, of whom 15 percent are chronically homeless (ie, have experienced home­lessness for at least a year or repeatedly), and 630,000 individuals experience ho

Stigma Of Homelessness A Barrier To Health Care

A new report out of London says stigmas around homelessness and social exclusion stop those sleeping rough from accessing appropriate healthcare – leading to early deaths. The research looked into deaths among those who had moved on from rough sleeping, supported by Tenant Sustainment Teams (TST). TST, similar to the crisis and housing counsellors at Haven Toronto, offer practical support, such as helping clients resolve issues with landlords, helping them with system navigation, and offering emotional support. TST helps service users break free of the cycle of homelessness. The latest research represented further evidence of the health inequalities faced by people who are homeless and of th

Kobe's Compassion For The Homeless

Music's biggest stars gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday evening for the 62nd Grammy Awards. If only for the evening, the annual event owns television and social media, from fashion and faux pas on the red carpet to performances and politics on stage. Only this year was different. Despite the bright lights, this year was darker. Hours before the big event, a bigger LA story broke. A story also with ties to the Staples Center, to great performances and to records. Five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star, Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year old daughter, Gianna, and 7 others. There were no survivors in the Calabasas, CA crash. The

Debunking Blue Monday

The third Monday in January has, since about 2005, been reported to be the day of the year that people feel most depressed. This correlates with another belief that the most suicides take place on this day. It’s easy to understand why the belief in Blue Monday persists; after the holiday season people may be more in-debt than usual, they may be missing the family and friends they were able to reconnect with over the holidays, or they may have a difficult time adjusting to the return to work. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is another explanation for why people may feel down in the month of January. SAD is a combination of physical and emotional disturbances that include depression. Thi

Be Kinder. Live Longer.

Kindness is the most under-appreciated tool for greater wellness. Along with diet and exercise, simply being warm and thoughtful will do more for your health than any fancy detox or "healing crystals." In fact, new research out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests kindness won't just make you happier and healthier now, but may actually prolong your life. The researchers gathered around 150 middle-aged volunteers and then separated them into three groups. One group went through a six-week mindfulness meditation training involving weekly hour-long classes and 20 minutes of daily at home practice. Another group received similar training in loving-kindness meditation, a fo

The Power Of 1: Suited To Survive

"My dream is to protect everybody that is forced to sleep outside," says Bas Timmer, a fashion designer from the Netherlands. Five years ago Timmer launched Sheltersuit Foundation after the father of two friends died on the streets of the Netherlands due to hypothermia. "I felt obligated to create something that can prevent this from happening," says Timmer. "Clothing is protection," he continues. "I went to my studio, took an old tent from the basement and an old sleeping bag and I created a waterproof jacket with a zipper on the bottom where you can attach a sleeping bag. The waterproof suit protects you day and night." That's how it all started. From there, Bas Timmer created a factory to

The Past Decade In Homelessness

2020 will mark my 10th year at Haven Toronto. What a decade it’s been! There have been many developments for us in the last 10 years, most good and some maybe not so nice. I mostly remember when I arrived trying to gain a deeper understanding of homelessness in Toronto, and specifically elder men who were homeless in our city. Accurate information was hard to come by and precious little existed on elder men. I recall repeatedly reading and being told that homelessness in Toronto was not rising year over year and was not expected to rise significantly going forward. Investments were mostly non-existent, certainly meagre and most definitely not strategic and forward-thinking based on solid evi

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