Stephen Gaetz discusses the problem of youth homelessness and how we can develop permanent solutions
One in five shelter users are youth. 25 to 40% of youth experiencing homelessness self-identified as LGBTQ, and 40 to 70% of homeless youth have mental health issues compared to 10 to 20% of housed youth.
On the program, we discuss the crisis of youth homelessness in Canada and how we might better respond to the problem, as well as the broader context of Canadian homelessness and the structural dimensions fuelling the situation.
Dr. Stephen Gaetz is associate professor in the faculty of education at York University in Toronto and he is the director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network. He is the author of a new report – Coming of Age: Reimaging the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada.
Longtime public education advocate Jane Bouey on the teachers’ strike, the state of public schools in Vancouver and BC, and the Public Education Project
What is the state of public education in Vancouver and BC schools? Why do class size and composition matter? What is the context of the current teachers’ strike and the lockout initiated by the BC government?
In an in-depth conversation, former Vancouver School Board Trustee Jane Bouey discusses the state of public education in BC and Vancouver, provides the context to the current strike and lockout, and gives an update on the Vancouver School Board’s work on updating their sexual orientation and gender identity policies. A recent Georgia Straight article details the VSB’s work on updating these policies and the organized backlash that Jane Bouey describes.
Jane Bouey also explains the importance of local public education activism – and the yet-to-be-launched Public Education Project which aims to bring public education issues to the fore in Vancouver municipal politics.
A recent study examines gender equality across Canada’s largest metro areas
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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a new report – The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada: An Index of Gender Equality in Canada’s Twenty Largest Metropolitan Areas. Which cities have greater gender equality?
On the podcast, we discuss the findings with the author of this recent study. Kate McInturff is a senior researcher at the CCPA and director of Making Women Count – an initiative on gender equality and public policy.