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But what good did he do?

A very brief background for those readers outside of London, Ontario, our former Mayor has been charged with breach of trust, fraud, and uttering a forged document and is being sentenced today. This is related to a payment of a … Continue reading

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What “Ending Homelessness” Means

More and more the narrative around addressing homelessness is finally changing from one of “addressing homelessness” to “ending homelessness”. This is an important shift as our language establishes the outcomes we expect and anticipate. So much of our work from … Continue reading

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Supporting Children

I have had the privilege of hearing the personal stories of many, many people who are experiencing homelessness. I am always thankful when people open up their lives to me, and share their wisdom. In all the stories I have … Continue reading

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Fair Elections Act

I have been called as a witness before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs at Parliament in Ottawa this coming Wednesday to speak to Bill C-23, known as the ‘Fair Elections Act’.  The following are my prepared comments … Continue reading

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The Charitable Impulse: Conclusion

Ending homelessness in London, Ontario serves as the best example I am aware of to illustrate the difference between charity that is reactionary and charity that is thoughtful and effective over the long-term.  In Part 5, I spoke to how … Continue reading

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The Charitable Impulse: Part 7

Let’s look again more locally.  I recently had the privilege of joining the Board of United Way.  This has been an interesting journey, as I started as a front-line worker in a United Way funded agency, frustrated by the administrative … Continue reading

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The Charitable Impulse: Part 6

So far in this series I have presented a rather gloomy tale. We do charity for ourselves, or in a disorganized manner, or in a way that actually undermines development, and unintentionally makes things worse. However, in the next few … Continue reading

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The Charitable Impulse: Part 5

Homelessness is a relatively new problem in Canada.  Pre-1970, homelessness as we know it did not exist.  There was some transience, people who rode the rails and drank, but if you were poor and situated in a community for any … Continue reading

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The Charitable Impulse: Part 4

It’s a beautiful gesture, warm soup in the cold, lonely days between Christmas and New Year’s.  This article in the London Free Press details the kind, charitable outreach of Craig Abel and Sandy Faugh, serving soup to those experiencing homelessness, … Continue reading

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The Charitable Impulse: Part 3

Seven years ago and Melissa and I are buying our house.  It’s a fixer-upper, and, following in the footsteps of my father-in-law, we have dreams of renovating, flipping, and starting to build a rental portfolio.  I imagine becoming a landlord … Continue reading

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