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On The Way Home
On The Way Home
On the Way Home is a podcast that brings together the voices and issues involved in ending homelessness in Canada.
5 days ago
Cheyanne Ratnam is passionate about equity and developing inclusive and accessible spaces and processes. She joins On the Way Home and talks about being a first voice advocate and the groundbreaking work she is doing with the Ontario government to meaningfully change the aging out process of youth in care. Cheyanne has dedicated much of her time and expertise in child welfare and homelessness. She is the Co-founder/Executive Lead of the Ontario Children’s Advancement Coalition. She serves on the Board of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, she’s a member of the Equity and Inclusion Council of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, among many others.
Jul 15, 2021
Criminalizing people experiencing homelessness is a tragic reality that must end. Erin Dej is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a critical criminologist who has been doing research on homelessness for over a decade, focusing on how to create meaningful inclusion for people who have experienced homelessness, with the ultimate aim of preventing and ending homelessness in Canada. She recently published her first book, "A Complex Exile: Homelessness and Social Exclusion in Canada".
Jul 8, 2021
Community Land Trusts & Land Assembly Solutions for Affordable Housing
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recently announced $2 million in funding for the National Housing Strategy Demonstrations Initiative, for a 2021 open call competition for Community Land Trusts and Land Assembly Solutions for Affordable Housing. Listen to CMHC's Ramya, Carlos and Anne-Marie tell us about how to successfully apply and receive between $100,000 to $250,000 for a project. This On the Way Home episode was brought to you by the good people at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Jul 1, 2021
Nick Gefucia is a lawyer and Vice President of Affordable Housing with EllisDon Capital where he provides leadership to EllisDon’s dedicated national affordable housing team, EllisDon Community Builders. Nick is an experienced project development professional having led the commercial and legal aspects in a multitude of infrastructure and real estate transactions across Canada. We talk to Nick about how Community Builders is delivering affordable housing to folks and the gaps they're trying to fill in the crisis.
Jun 24, 2021
Carole Saab is the CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a tireless champion for cities and communities--driving an ambitious vision for local government leadership in building a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive Canada. We talk to her about local governments across the country getting more involved in the housing crisis and advocating for real solutions.
Jun 17, 2021
Canada’s Land Trust Models
Let's talk about the Land Trust model! How can it help solve the housing affordability crisis? Hear from Melissa Estable, Manager of the Co-operative Housing Development with CHF Canada, and Joshua Bénard, VP of Real Estate Development with Habitat GTA and Board Member of Community Affordable Housing Solutions. Learn about Land Trusts as a solution and some amazing examples of where they're working!
Jun 10, 2021
Kasari Govender took office as B.C.’s first independent Human Rights Commissioner in 2019. We talk to her about the groundbreaking work she's doing as commissioner and her office's recent report on the grandmother's perspective, which is about disaggregating data collection. Her role is to lead the promotion and protection of human rights in British Columbia through the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner. Govender has devoted her life to promoting human rights as a lawyer and community builder in an effort to create a more equitable and just province.
Jun 3, 2021
Margaret Pfoh is Tsimshian from the Eagle Clan of the Gitga'at First Nation. She joined the non-profit housing sector 25 years ago and is the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association. She talks to us about AHMA as the first housing authority of its kind in Canada and how the model could be replicated across the country--delivering housing for Indigenous by Indigenous Peoples.
1 hr 11 min
May 27, 2021
Reporting from the font lines of the drug poisoning crisis, Garth Mullins is a drug user activist and award-winning radio documentarian. He is host and executive producer of the Crackdown Podcast where drug users cover the drug war as war correspondents. This is Garth’s second overdose crisis. He used injection heroin for over a decade and is now on methadone. He is a member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and is also a trade union organizer and musician.
May 20, 2021
Jen St. Denis
Jen St. Denis is an award-winning journalist who's spent her career providing in-depth reporting on housing and city politics. Today, she is working with The Tyee, an independent news magazine based in Vancouver, BC, focusing her eye on the complex Downtown Eastside. Her investigative coverage has shed light on both the beauty and tragedy the community experiences, from grassroots advocacy to over-policing and gentrification. But unlike mainstream media, Jen also covers the unique culture and strong ties of this neighbourhood—the front lines of homelessness, the drug war, and Vancouver's affordable housing crisis.
May 13, 2021
CMHC’s Housing Supply Challenge
Targeting housing experts and professionals, CMHC's Housing Supply Challenge aims to remove or reduce barriers that hinder housing supply. And there's $300 million in funding to be awarded over 5 years for those up for it. Hear from CMHC's Brigit and Sarah about how to stand out and apply. This On the Way Home episode was brought to you by the good people at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
May 6, 2021
Sekani Dakelth is from the Tl'azt'en Nation and calls the Downtown Eastside home. She is passionate about trans rights, sex worker rights and harm reduction. Like many of her peers, Sekani knows firsthand how stigma around drug use acts as a barrier to accessing health care. She has worked as a vendor with Megaphone, a monthly magazine based in the Downtown Eastside and Victoria, BC, for years and officially joined the team in 2018 to help build the Speakers Bureau.
Apr 29, 2021
Lorraine Lam has spent the last decade hanging out and working with Sanctuary, a community in the heart of Toronto that seeks to particularly value individuals who live in the margins of society. These individuals often bear the brunt of the weight of systemic oppression, including homelessness, stigma, and more. Her friendships at Sanctuary have changed her life and her hope is for others to experience the same kind of transformational relationships.
Apr 22, 2021
Nicholas Ridiculous & Michelle German
In order to solve youth homelessness, young people experiencing it or aging out of the foster care system must sit at the table where solutions are being discussed and designed. Hear Nicholas Ridiculous share his lived experience and Michelle German, Vice President of Policy and Strategy at WoodGreen Community Services, talk about their critical new report, New Housing Models for Youth Transitioning Out of Care, a Solutions Lab Roadmap. As Nicholas notes, there are lots of reports but we must act to end youth homelessness!
Apr 15, 2021
David Ireland has been a housing advocate all his working life, from local authorities to government, to media and charities. Now he’s the Chief Executive of World Habitat based in the UK, whose vision is “a world where everyone has a safe and secure home in a successful community.” World Habitat recently released a report about how organizations across Europe worked together to save lives during the pandemic, and supported people’s journey out of homelessness.
Apr 8, 2021
Laural Raine is Director of Service Planning & Integrity at Shelter, Support and Housing Administration with the City of Toronto. Recently, the city released its shelter system data publicly to inform solutions to homelessness. The data is updated monthly, and the city is expanding on the data it collects. Hear more about why transparency and data are key pillars to end homelessness.
Apr 1, 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull
There is no denying that Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull is dedicated to serving people experiencing chronic homelessness after turning down a top job with a hospital in order to found Ottawa Inner City Health and work with people whose homelessness mean compounded complex health issues and a much shorter lifespan. Hear about lessons learned from COVID-19, challenges, and why housing is healthcare.
Mar 25, 2021
Mental Health Ambassador with the University of New Brunswick-Saint John, Tara O'Toole
Mental Health Ambassador with the University of New Brunswick-Saint John and mentor, Tara O'Toole joins us this episode to talk about her journey out of homelessness and the power of mentorship, mental health support and prevention.
Mar 18, 2021
While the pandemic has been rough on everyone, it has had even more of an impact on people experiencing homelessness. Nick Falvo, a well known and respected Research Consultant, who started his career on the front line, joins us on the On The Way Home podcast to talk about his recent report on the long term impact of the Covid-19 Recession on homelessness in Canada.
Mar 11, 2021
She sings, acts, writes and is a fierce advocate for our country’s most vulnerable. Join us this week on ‘”On The Way Home”, as Canadian icon, Bif Naked shares her personal journey through the entertainment industry and how she works to continually use her platform to help and lift up those in need in our communities!
Mar 4, 2021
Bahar Shadpour joins us this episode to talk about the necessity of an evictions moratorium in Ontario as the pandemic rages on. She is the Communications and Public Affairs Specialist at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, a specialty community legal clinic serving tenants and fighting for safe, adequate and affordable homes.
Feb 24, 2021
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson
On the Way Home kicks off its inaugural podcast episode with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. From his personal motivation for ending homelessness to why he thinks we can do it, Mayor Iveson shares the necessary policy and decisions required to make it happen. Since 2009 Edmonton has housed over 12,000 people through Housing First.