Today I pass on the wooden spoon which acts as a baton in this Homelessness Hunger Strike Relay.
One week with little food is really nothing compared to having to sleep outside on cold winter nights or use all one's resources just to find a night's shelter. It is a symbolic gesture, but one that focused my attention on the circumstance that approximately 150,000 people in Canada face.
I know it is within our power as Canadians to provide adequate shelter for all our people. We can demand that our government take action - and why would we choose not to do it? Is there something more important than ensuring that the basic needs of people are met? Let's once again build a country we can be proud of, which acts on its principles and reflects the dignity of its people.
I am proud to pass the spoon over to Libby Davies and my thoughts will be with her this coming week. Davies (she is a Hero, I am glad she is my MP!) sent a letter to her constituents last week explaining her part in the Homelessness Hunger Strike Relay and mentioning the 1% Solution National Housing Strategy. www.2010homelessness.ca
By asking our government to allocate 1% of the Federal budget for social housing (with a matching contribution from the provinces & territories), we can start to improve the situation for homeless people in our country - and ensure that those who are currently fearing the loss of their homes or housing security are prevented from becoming homeless in the future. I think many of us can imagine ourselves being in that position, what with our changing economy!
Your signature and action will make all the difference! I'll be so proud when this bill passes. I am imagining it now. OK, go sign that petition:
Thanks for your help! I hope you will take care of yourselves, each other and the planet.
Co-Publisher and Creative Director
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