5 must-read stories from 2018

You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know it exists. That’s why, in 2018, we launched a bold new national awareness campaign designed to bring attention to #UNIGNORABLE local issues like poverty, homelessness, food insecurity and domestic violence—issues that are often overlooked.

Thank you for helping us be part of the solution to tackling these issues in the places we live and love. As the year draws to a close, we’ve rounded up five of our top blog posts that shine a light on complex issues facing our community—and what we can do about them, together.

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1. A myth-busting Q&A on homelessness
We asked frontline workers and experts about what it’s really like for the estimated 35,000 Canadians who experience homelessness on any given night. Their responses will completely change the way you think about homelessness.R

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2. Can we end the cycle of child hunger?
In Toronto, about 1 in 4 children live beneath the poverty line—and since 2008, the city’s inner suburbs have seen a 48 per cent increase in food bank use, including kids. We asked the experts about the root causes of this unignorable issue—and how we can all help ensure no child goes hungry in our community.

3. Why loneliness in seniors is a health hazard
We may not think of loneliness as a serious mental health issue, but social isolation can have devastating effects on seniors. We talked to industry experts about the innovative, community-based solutions that can help seniors, their caregivers and, ultimately, the healthcare system.

4. Breaking the cycle: A Q&A on the stigma of domestic violence
Domestic violence is rampant across Canada. Lieran Docherty, program manager at WomanACT (Woman Abuse Council of Toronto), explains how social assistance programs, the justice system and public policy can more effectively support women experiencing violence.

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5. Is poverty a human rights violation?
We spoke to Maytree’s President Elizabeth McIsaac on why we need to reframe how we think about poverty. Like many other advocates, she thinks we should start treating poverty as a human rights violation—an approach that could help empower those experiencing it.