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.
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Environmental historian and author Sean Kheraj traces how this tension between popular expectations of idealized nature and the volatility of complex ecosystems helped shape the landscape of one of the world’s most famous urban parks.
Kheraj’s book, Inventing Stanley Park, examines how human forces have shaped – and continue to shape – this urban environmental space. Kheraj asks us to question our understanding of the ‘nature’ of Stanley Park, and why it is important be aware of our complex relationship with the environment.
Sean Kheraj is an assistant professor in the Department of History at York University in Toronto.