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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 [i]Street Nurse,[/i] directed by Shelley Saywell. Cathy’s website is [url=http://www.cathycrowe.ca]www.cathycrowe.ca[/url]. Follow her on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/cathyacrowe]@cathyacrowe.[/url]
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.
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.