Poverty and homelessness are big issues for me.
I’ve lived on the street, on the road, in tent cities, in protest camps, in a boat, in vehicles and a variety of other situations.
My situation is complicated. I try to share a bit about it whenever I can.
I used to repost a lot of articles from the mainstream media, but these days my blog generally contains content I’ve created myself.
Follow these links to read my writing (and reposted articles) on poverty and homelessness.
Poverty rates in Canada:
Canada has no official poverty line, and tends to use three different measurements.
The most widely accepted is the Low Income Cut-Off, which is often used as the unofficial poverty line (although it does not measure poverty per se, and the government insists it should not be called a poverty measure.) People living under the LICO spend 20 percentage points more of their gross income on food, shelter and clothing than the average Canadian.
The Low-Income Measure, is 50% of the median income, and the Market Basket Measure is a calculation of basic living costs.