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Guest Blog from Tess: Without warning! How government can empty out a bank account and leave you with nothing

Published on May 19, 2014 By johnastapleton

I’m a single mother of two boys.  One is living with me. We get help from Ontario Works and live in subsidized housing.  My son who lives with me is in high school full-time. He was born when I was his age and in high school. I finished high school. I finished two university degrees. […]

Hoping for genuine efforts to address self-identified needs: Guest Blog from Pat Capponi

Published on March 29, 2014 By johnastapleton

What if the archetype of the mad, the lonely dishevelled man screaming and scaring passersby on big city street corners could be transformed into a contributing citizen, not through the efforts of those institutions  which claim to change lives, but through genuine efforts to address the self-identified needs of the ‘ chronic patient’: decent supportive […]

The Sad State of Social Services – Guest Blog from Pat Capponi

Published on February 15, 2014 By johnastapleton

One of the most instructive exercises we do with group members at Voices From the Street is to ask what would have helped them avoid the life path they’ve been on, lives mostly filled with pain and challenges and want, decades spent on the streets, in shelters or housing that is barely safer than a […]

Here is your diagnosis and your bullet proof vest: Wear it in poor gealth (by Guest Blogger Pat Capponi)

Published on August 4, 2013 By johnastapleton

“The only way I could think to do this was to ask myself if, God forbid, there is another shooting of a person with mental illness, what would we say we’d left undone?” That was what I posed to myself, police board chair Alok Mukherjee and Deputy Chief Mike Federico Tuesday, July 23, as we […]

An unsustainable program (by Guest blogger Pat Capponi)

Published on January 28, 2013 By johnastapleton

It seems simple, and I can understand the frustration as the numbers continue to rise and few people labelled mentally ill appear willing to take the steps necessary to leave the ODSP rolls.  Without knowing this community, their history and their struggles, that frustration will continue. My experience is with those who are labelled seriously […]

Obscured by self… (by Guest blogger Pat Capponi)

Published on April 4, 2012 By johnastapleton

We are the intractable poor, those who’ve been years- sometimes decades on OW or ODSP, whose world is limited to agencies, drop-ins, food banks, Money Marts, and some of the worst housing Toronto has on offer. Men and women with no future, no hope, broken by the struggle to simply survive, whose lives and deaths […]

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