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September 2020


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Sometimes All You Need Is Empathy

In Australia, where life often revolves around the 50,000 kilometres of coastline and 10,000 beaches, a dying patient is granted one last chance to see the shores and the sand thanks to a kind ambulance crew. The paramedics took a “small diversion” on their way to the palliative care unit at the request of the patient, according to the Queensland Ambulance Service. “She just wished she could be at the beach again,” the QAS wrote on social media. The ambulance service saluted the paramedics for going “above and beyond” in fulfilling her request. “Tears were shed and the patient felt very happy,” the social media post said. “Sometimes it’s not the drugs/training/skills – sometimes all you ne

Survival Bracelets Help The Homeless Community

Jackson, a grade four student from Toronto, realized that when the city fell into a state of emergency for COVID-19 and he and his family and been told to “stay home and get lots of groceries”, there were others in his community that weren’t so fortunate. “There are some people that don’t have a home to go to and not enough money to get the food that they need,” he said. From time spent with his father several years ago at camp learning to make survival bracelets, Jackson knew he could put his time and skills to use and help others. COVID-19 has taken a particular toll on the homeless community. With more than 10,000 people homeless in Toronto on any given night, organizations stretched thin

Pandemic Exacerbates Isolation For Elder Homeless Men

With record unemployment, growing closures and foreclosures, and health risks complicated by declining mental health en masse, many Canadians are struggling to see even a single positive living under a cloud of COVID. Many but not everyone. For some, March and April brought both good news and a good kind of bad news. The good news that sales are up and the bad news that supply cannot meet the growing demand. While most businesses in Canada are struggling to hang-on, a select few are struggling to keep up. With the mandated short-term closure of many businesses and retail outlets, online shopping has increased and Canadian homes are destined to receive a record number of deliveries. Yet the m

A Mother's Worry Worsens During The Pandemic

Mother's Day came and went and in many ways it was very different than previous years. Then again, everything is different now. For many the rules around the pandemic meant saluting, from a distance, mothers and everything they do to make the world a better place. In the process, mothers gathered close to living room windows and too close to video chat cameras and they waved and smiled and cried. Their arms empty. Their heart full. Still, the barriers to contact, the inability to hug and hold, meant a greater distance and a bigger void. Yet in many ways this Mother's Day was the same as last year, and the year before, and every year before that. Mothers were celebrated for the sacrifices the

Ticket Outta Here: One-Way To End A Homeless Problem

For decades, American cities have been offering homeless people free bus tickets to relocate elsewhere. In recent years, homeless relocation programs have become more common, sprouting up in new cities across the States at a cost of millions of dollars. But until recently there has never been a systematic, nationwide assessment of the consequences. Where are these people being moved to? What impact are these programs having on the cities that send and the cities that receive them? And what happens to these homeless people after they reach their destination? In late 2017, following an 18-month investigation, the Guardian published the first detailed analysis of America’s homeless relocati

How Spending The Holiday Homeless Helped The Homeless

Just another guy who I should avoid eye contact with and hope he doesn’t ask me for spare change, many residents likely thought as they walked by Chris Murphy on the streets of New Haven, CT. Few knew his day job: United States senator. While most Americans were on vacation celebrating the holidays, Sen. Murphy (D-CT) spent his shadowing “Nick,” a New Haven man who has been homeless for the past six months. Nick preferred that his real name not be printed. The cards were stacked against Nick from the beginning. His father was a drug addict, and by 13 years old, Nick was hooked on crack as well. Two years later, Nick was a ward of the state. The fact that he was able to overcome these odds, g

Police Officer's Actions Help Connect A Mother With Her Homeless Son

On a cold Toronto day in late November, Const. Jason Kirkwood heard someone calling his name as he walked down the street after leaving a bank machine. "I saw it was Danny, and I thought, 'Uh-oh,' as I know he saw me at the bank machine," Kirkwood said. He has known Danny MacKillop for about five years through his work with homeless people and those living with addictions. Kirkwood is a special constable assigned to Toronto Community Housing. MacKillop, 38, is from Reserve Mines, Cape Breton, and struggled with heroin and fentanyl addictions. "He asked me how much I had taken out. Then he asked me to count it." Kirkwood said he was guarded as he took out his money, as he figured MacKil

COVID-19: Looking Fear In The Eyes

Nearly 7 in 10 employees indicated in a survey by mental health provider Ginger that the COVID-19 pandemic is the most stressful time of their entire professional career, which has aligned with stark increases in new prescriptions of antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and anti-insomnia medications. Published in an article by Human Resource Executive, findings indicate not only the stress-induced impact of the coronavirus pandemic on employees, but its major implications for employers as well. According to Ginger, 88% of workers reported experiencing moderate to extreme stress over the past 4 to 6 weeks. Among those reporting stress, 62% noted losing at least one hour a day in productivity. 32% lo


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