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Cathy Crowe's blog

Cathy Crowe is a street nurse, author and filmmaker who works nationally and locally on health and social justice issues. She has fostered numerous coalitions and advocacy initiatives that have achieved significant public policy victories. In 1998 she co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee which issued the 1998 homelessness State of Emergency Declaration that declared homelessness a national disaster and resulted in a new federal program to respond to homelessness. Her work is the subject of a moving documentary titled Street Nurse, directed by Shelley Saywell. Cathy’s website is www.cathycrowe.ca. Follow her on Twitter @cathyacrowe.

Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog July 30
Handwritten hearts are left outside Toronto Mayor's office. One says 'Please make the right choice and respond to our housing crisis now!!' Photo credit: Paul Salvatori
Paul Salvatori | There is no relief in the city's heat relief network, nor is there compassion.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog July 7
Image: Pixabay
Cathy Crowe | In more ways than one, public policy is not keeping up with climate change, or the principles of equity and right to shelter.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 16
A table and chairs in a hallway with a sign that says Cooling Centre. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Despite its own predictions on the impact of climate change, Toronto cancels its cooling centres for vulnerable populations.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 28
City graph that shows June and July shelter numbers higher than the rest of the year. Graph: City of Toronto
Cathy Crowe | Homeless advocates and workers take on the city's communication director over misinformation.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog February 25
Crowded conditions in a Toronto respite centre that shelters 200 people.
Cathy Crowe | A UN report defends access to legal advocacy in the right to housing. Meanwhile, Toronto denied its homelessness crisis emergency status, choosing instead to spare no cost to fix potholes.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog February 6
Cathy Crowe | Last week, Toronto's city council decided homelessness -- which affects over 200,000 people -- does not qualify as an emergency. But the failed measure isn't an excuse not to act.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 25
Crowded conditions in one of the second-tier shelters in Toronto shows rows and rows of cots where 200 people sleep. Photo courtesy of Cathy Crowe.
Cathy Crowe | Despite the Liberal government's promises of a National Housing Strategy, homelessness has worsened in nearly every community across the country. It remains a disaster and Toronto is the epicentre.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 21
Front page Toronto Star in 1998. "Plight of the homeless a national disaster."
Cathy Crowe | Homelessness has reached post-apocalyptic levels in the absence of a national housing program.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog October 13
A protest banner with words Housing Shelter Safe Space Now
Cathy Crowe | While campaigns for a national right to housing flourish, the same attention is not paid to the right to shelter.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 21
Cover of report, "TB or not TB? There is no question" Image from Toronto Disaster Relief Committee archives
Cathy Crowe | Even after a micro-outbreak of tuberculosis in the homeless population in the early 2000s that saw deaths, the city still doesn't get it.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 17
Front page of the 1996 Inquest Update. Heading says "Presiding coroner angrily demands: Don't use the H**** word any more!"
Cathy Crowe | Recent inquest into the death of Grant Faulkner, who died in January 2015, excluded evidence on affordable housing, shelter availability, or the effectiveness of the cold weather alert system.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog May 30
A report card grades the four Ontario political parties on a number of social issues. Image credit: Health Providers Against Poverty
Cathy Crowe | Health Providers Against Poverty analyzes Ontario party platforms with an equity lens.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 27
A box in the Tent City memory archive shows a KFC box, can of fruit, hammer, electrical cord. Photo credit: Nicole Brumley
Cathy Crowe, Jon Alexander | The Department of Public Memory collaborates with the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee in a hands-on archive to remember their joint campaign for affordable housing.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 29
Undercover photo taken showing crowding and inadequate conditions at the Better Living Centre, a winter respite site. Photo credit: Paul Salvatori
Cathy Crowe | This winter an unprecedented array of tactics were necessary just to achieve basic emergency shelter in Toronto.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 21
Inhumane emergency shelter conditions.
Cathy Crowe | A perfect storm created the conditions for the chronic shortage of shelter beds in Toronto, which can no longer be ignored.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 18
Screen shot of the vote by Toronto City Council to not ask the Ministry of Defence for the armouries. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Even the federal government recognizes we need the armouries. It's called disaster relief.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog November 30
Toronto's Homeless Memorial will have an additional 244 names on it by 2020. Photo: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | For two winters in a row, Torontonians have been begging their Mayor to open the federal armouries for shelter.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog October 30
Protest signs at 21 Park Rd, location of Toronto's new winter respite program. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Toronto's recent announcement of winter only respite centres for people chronically homeless neglects the humanitarian disaster.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog September 28
Homeless activists. Photo: Vince Pietropaolo/Dying for a Home
Cathy Crowe | Fifteen years after the brutal Tent City eviction, advocates still call for housing.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog July 30
Advocates on homelessness hold a banner outside the mayor's office in Toronto.
Cathy Crowe | Despite decades of research showing homelessness is bad for your health, the gap between research and action has only widened.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 11
A homeless person's cart of belongings in a bus shelter has a sign on it that says "Sick and homeless. I need help."
Cathy Crowe | A recent outpouring of advocacy calling for City Hall action on homelessness still leaves people without shelter.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 26
Toronto robs from the poor.
Cathy Crowe | Activist group the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty shows that the City is holding back $18 million dollars from homelessness programs.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 27
Lime green blankets, donated by PanAm games cover the mats on a floor in a city warming centre.
Cathy Crowe | Once again, Toronto politicians and entrepreneurs decide to focus on big circus events instead of the social good.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog February 27
A colourful wreath attached to the Toronto Homeless Memorial
Cathy Crowe | This winter the emergency of homelessness collided with the opiate overdose crisis
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 24
Cathy Crowe | Citizen advocacy for emergency shelter exposes shocking and negligent inaction of politicians.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 13
Cathy Crowe | While we wait for a national housing program the federal government should give us their armouries for emergency shelter.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog November 27
Cathy Crowe | The federal government's report "Let's Talk Housing," released on National Housing Day, regurgitates what is already known about the housing and homelessness crisis in Canada.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog October 8
Cathy Crowe | In October 1998, the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee declared homelessness a national disaster. Eighteen years is a long time to wait for a national housing program.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog August 12
Picture of Seaton House shelter.
Cathy Crowe | You don't have to go to Rio to witness contaminated water, food shortages and opportunistic diseases and infections. We have it all here in Canada.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 28
Cathy Crowe | The NIMBY homeless variety is pure and simple discrimination. If we hear it, we should stop it.

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