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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 June 28
Cathy Crowe | The NIMBY homeless variety is pure and simple discrimination. If we hear it, we should stop it.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog May 28
Cathy Crowe | If we're serious about solving homelessness we need a real national housing program not just a smoke and mirrors strategy.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 30
Cathy Crowe, Naheed Dosani | Investigative journalism makes a difference in the court of public opinion and social policy.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 5
Cathy Crowe, Jessica Hales | For 30 years Toronto has allowed overflow homeless shelters to break all rules meant to protect health and safety.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog February 21
Cathy Crowe | The sheer scope, circumstances and secrecy surrounding homeless deaths in Toronto, and undoubtedly across Canada is scandalous.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 1
Cathy Crowe | 2016 could be the year we win a national housing program but in the meantime we must also insist on the right to shelter. Social justice means more than charity.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog November 29
Cathy Crowe | Canada's national housing program began with veteran activism after the Second World War. They won a national housing program that existed until its demise in 1993. Now it's time for Take 2.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog September 27
Image: Flickr/Caelie_Frampton
Cathy Crowe | The Fair Elections Act has made it harder for homeless people to vote. This election is not proving it will be any easier for them to get affordable housing.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog August 16
Cathy Crowe | Two street nurses write an appeal to the nation to help them put housing on the agenda in this federal election.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog August 9
Cathy Crowe | Homelessness and housing is sadly missing from the Maclean's list of issues for this election. In a 2005 Maclean's article called "Canada's gangrene," John Ralston Saul outlined the problem.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 21
Cathy Crowe | In her Honourary Doctor Of Law address to UofWindsor nursing and kinetics grads Cathy implored them to care about social welfare hotspots and vote for housing.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog May 11
Two nurses with a baby in the nursery at Toronto East General and Orthopaedic Ho
Cathy Crowe | While RN jobs continue to disappear, nursing as a whole needs to wake up from its obsession with professionalization to equip young nurses with skills like political literacy for the real world.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 25
Cathy Crowe | Both the federal and Ontario budget this week were lacklustre when it comes to housing, but so were the NGO and union responses.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 28
Cathy Crowe | Spring brings the promise of warmth, life and renewal but evidence indicates conditions for people who are homeless this spring are dire.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog February 8
Woman's feet under a rumpled sheet on a stretcher in an emergency department.
Cathy Crowe | "We have no beds" is the refrain heard all too often by older women trying to utilize our public health care system.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 9
Cathy Crowe | The death of two homeless men within a day of each other in the City of Toronto, in the middle of a bitter Arctic cold spell, was a stark reminder of decades of social policy neglect.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 11
Cathy Crowe | The Upstream Downstream parable guided Cathy Crowe in her work as a street nurse. She shares a simple formula for how to act on social justice issues such as homelessness that goes beyond charity.

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