As a result, mental illness became one of the detrimental causes of homelessness, especially among the adult population. The mentally ill therefore, contribute greatly to the chronically homeless population. In 2013, the Annual Homeless Assessment Report
As many as 200,000 Canadians will experience homelessness each year and on any given night, about 30,000 Canadians are homeless. Any way you try to measure poverty in Canada, certain groups are worse than others this including Aboriginal Canadians that make about 30 percent less than the rest of Canadians this was found by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Also more groups likely to be affected by poverty include lone parents, new immigrants to Canada, people with disabilities and seniors as Statistics Canada has said. Even for any one individual, poverty is not easy or straight-forward to explain and at the national level, the causes of poverty are even more complicated and hard to solve. But poverty can also come from structural problems.
After the great depression and the crash of 2008, the number of homeless people has risen. Luckily, during recent times, the rate of homelessness has decreased. However, the economy is still deeply affected by homelessness through housing and sheltering projects and medical issues. These costs a lot of money and negatively affects the economy. Homelessness has existed since the beginning of civilization, usually because a lot of people at the time are too poor to buy a house.
The topic of Immigration has become an issue met with much trepidation due to bias media propaganda. However, local economies stand to gain dividends as a number of immigrants increase over the next ten years. The rise of immigrant workers has caused the natives to become doubtful of future job opportunities. Meanwhile, city officials, as well as business owners, see the positive impact an immigrant workforce can have on a region, specifically metropolitan regions. “Midwestern metropolitan areas have experienced a decline in native workers by 3.3 percent” (Brunswick, 2014) however, the influx of immigrant workers have tripled in the last decade.
Know Thyself, an article by John D. Mayer, features the thoughts of Shelley Taylor and Susan Fiske. Fiske and Taylor explain that it is often challenging to understand others when we have preconceived notions and stereotypes about people before we get to know them (77). Homeless people are often considered social outcasts. And because they are outcasts, do we not understand them very well? A good question to ask about homeless people therefore is how do preconceived notions and stereotypes about homeless people cause city governments and it’s citizenry to treat them as inferiors who need to be hidden?
On any given night, approximately 30,000 Canadians struggle to find a safe place to spend the night. Research indicates that lack of a stable and supportive living environment is detrimental for one’s health and well-being. Consequently, homeless individuals have significantly worse physical and mental health than the general population, and are at higher risk of death. Compared to the general population, homeless individuals are more likely to resort to emergency care services and have longer hospital stays, bearing increased financial burdens on the healthcare system. Although this population requires high levels of medical attention, people who are homeless have substantial unmet health care needs within Canada’s traditional model of primary
The collective response to homeless Toronto youth engaging in squeegeeing contributed to the implementation of the SSA in 1999. According to Parnaby (2003), the prevalence and impact of 'squeegee kids ' in Toronto in the late 1990s became a source of frustration for drivers, pedestrians, and business owners. "At that time it was common for motorists to encounter squeegee-toting street youth who would wash car windshields for spare change, and more and more panhandlers became visible on city streets" (O 'Grady et al., 2013, p. 544). A negative perception of this population developed through these interactions. The media also contributed to the public perception of homeless youth.
The conditions of Chicago during Prohibition made gang violence especially severe. In just an eighty year span, Chicago underwent one of the biggest population increases ever recorded. The population in 1850 was just under 30,000 people and by 1930 it increased to over 3.3 million people. Many were immigrants hailing from countries like Ireland, Germany, and Italy. This surplus of immigrants led to a large working class and a high unemployment rate.
Childhood obesity in Canada has become an epidemic. In 2015, a study showed that one-third of Canadian children (31.5%) are obese and the number of obese children worldwide is 42 million. (Peirson et al., 2015) The rates of childhood obesity continue to rise steadily in Canada and worldwide each year. Childhood obesity puts children at significant risk for many health problems such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes or asthma, however, a range of psychosocial consequences such as self-esteem, peer relationships and quality of life also play a huge role in childhood obesity. As a consequence, obese children are stereotyped and stigmatized as being unhygienic and lazy.
“Psychological factors that cause people to think of euthanasia include depression” (BBC- ethics-euthanasia: Ethics…, 2014). Constant exposure to a melancholic/sad environment, such as a patient in vegetative state, can sometimes lead to depression for the family members. Some member(s) of the family often feels a fluctuation of sad and melancholic mood. Sometimes, a death or constant suffering triggers a person’s brain in a way that it becomes long-term. Financially, payments accumulate.