Tag Archives: Unsheltered Campaign

A campaign led by community advocates to provide 24/7 alternatives to shelter for all unsheltered people in Waterloo Region.

https://civichubwr.org/unsheltered-campaign/

CKMS Community Connections for 27 August 2020 with Mike Ingenue & April Desrochers of Struggles of the City: Kitchener-Waterloo

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Show Notes

In this episode we talk with Mike and April of “Struggles of the City: Kitchener Waterloo”. We discussed their backgrounds and what made them want to become involved with the less fortunate. Also, their work with “Struggles of the City” and how it came gained traction. We also talk about their involvement with Lot 42.

Mike Ingenue & April Desrochers from Struggles of the City: Kitchener-Waterloo

The interview starts at 2:15 PM.

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Podcast

Download: ckms-community-connections-2020-08-27-episode056.mp3, 84.7 MB, 35m18s

Podcast Index

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CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs on Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

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CKMS News – 2020-08-25 – Tent encampments threatened by authorities while Waterloo Regional council approves new dorm-style shelters.

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Host: Trish Holmes

UPDATE: The encampment at Victoria and Weber has been dismantled. The residents did not find a suitable arrangement that could house all of them.

This half hour examines the Waterloo Region Council meeting on August 11 where housing advocates commented on the Region’s new men’s shelter plan and presented some of the homeless and unsheltered communities’ biggest challenges. Then we speak with Lesley Crompton, a local anti-homelessness advocate for a more in-depth analysis of the issues raised at the meeting.

At the recent Waterloo Regional Council meeting, Council approved two dorm-style shelters with 24-hour access and supports in an unusually long meeting during which Region staff presented the Emergency Shelter Planning Update followed by short presentations by five housing advocates.

Each speaker advocated for specific areas of need in the unsheltered communities and the shelter system. This included

*stressing the need for more transition housing and more permanent affordable housing; decriminalizing homelessness;

*considering a human rights approach to obtaining zero homelessness;

*lowering specific barriers and reforming shelters generally  in partnership with a variety of communities, including the homeless themselves; and

*providing basic amenities, such as water and sanitation for encampments and more Lot42-style housing communities.

Each delegate agreed that more spaces need to be made available and more work needs to be done to get people into permanent housing.

Download Audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/CKMSNews-2020-08-11-WRC-MeetingEmergencyMensShelters.mp3

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Blue Sky Horse Radio for 15 August 2020 with Unsheltered Residents and Karen Nelson

In the first hour Jenniefer Stronge speaks with various residents at a Waterloo Region encampment for unsheltered residents. Follow the Unsheltered Campaign at the Civic Hub WR.

In the second hour Jenniefer has a phone call with Karen Nelson to talk about animal abuse at slaughterhouses and during the transportation of animals, and talk about the death of Regan Russell, who was killed by a truck driver at an animal vigil.

Download blue-sky-horse-radio-2020-08-15-unsheltered-karen-nelson.mp3 (113.7 MBytes, 1h58m28s)

Facebook video for Unsheltered Residents

Conversations with unsheltered in Kitchener – follow Unsheltered Campaign via Civic Hub

Facebook video for conversation with Karen Nelson

Posted by Blue Sky Horse Radio on Saturday, August 15, 2020

Blue Sky Horse Radio was live.

CKMS News – 2020-08-03 – A Better Tent City Update and A Recent Eviction from a Shelter

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Host: Trish Holmes

This episode begins with a chat with Jeff Willmer who gives us an update on the “A Better Tent City” project at Lot42 in Kitchener.

The second half of the show is a story about a recent eviction from an emergency shelter. In the last week of July, during which the province of Ontario continued an emergency order due to the COVID-19 crisis, Monica Place in Cambridge gave a young single mother, Emma, and her one-year-old child 48 hours notice to move off their premises with little explanation. The unusual move was precipitated by a post on a local Facebook group page, in which a woman asserted that Emma left her child in 35-degree heat while she was smoking. Emma maintains the child was not in danger, she was not acting in anyway illegally or neglectfully.  When contacted, Monica House confirmed the eviction but would not comment further.

Download Audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/CKMSNews-2020-08-03-EvictionAndAnABTCUpdate.mp3


This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Blue Sky Horse Radio for 1 August 2020 with Regan Sunshine Brussé of the Unsheltered Campaign

Regan Sunshine Brussé
Regan Sunshine Brussé
On Saturday, 1 August 2020 Jenniefer Stronge spoke again with Regan Sunshine Brussé of the Unsheltered Campaign. Regan provided updates on water availability: at one encampment a tap with fresh water has been provided, but at another encampment people are drinking from the river. A portable toilet has been provided by the Region of Waterloo at one location. Regan estimates there are still about 500 people who are unhoused, and winter is approaching. There has been very little progress since the start of pandemic measures in March. She says there are conversations about providing more affordable housing in the area. Regan would like to see the Region or a municipality provide an area of public land for an encampment with better facilities, so that people can be sheltered and maintain their social circles. People cannot be forced into shelter; facilitators need to speak with unsheltered people to find out what they want. There is a lack of trust in the system, and so some people may prefer to remain unsheltered. Today, people need to hide when they’re unsheltered because of opposition to the encampments. If we give unsheltered people a place to be it’s the first step to welcoming them back into society. Covid has shown us what we can do, and how quickly we can do it.

Looking for ways to help and provide support? See Regan’s website My Mother Named Me Sunshine; Make a charitable donation with an e-transfer to sdcwr@waterlooregion.org, and check for items needed at Unsheltered Campaign.



blue-sky-horse-radio-2020-08-01-Regan-Sunshine-Bruss%C3%A9-of-Unsheltered-Campaign.mp3 (18 MBytes, 19m 59s)

Speaking with Regan @mymothernamedmesunshine to hear about the latest of what is happening with her work regarding anti-poverty in Kitchener/Waterloo

Posted by Blue Sky Horse Radio on Saturday, August 1, 2020

Facebook Video: Speaking with Regan @mymothernamedmesunshine to hear about the latest of what is happening with her work regarding anti-poverty in Kitchener/Waterloo

Blue Sky Horse Radio meets Waterloo Region Yes in My Backyard /Unsheltered

Conversation  with Martin Asling,  Waterloo Region Yes in My Backyard, as well as Lesley Crompton, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region/Civic Hub. Joining conversation also, is Unsheltered resident, Terry Kaan, T.K.

Grassroot movement, anti poverty work & building better futures for KW residents, & people experiencing homelessness.

blue-sky-horse-radio-2020-07-25-h1-YIMBY%2BUnsheltered.mp3 51.5 MBytes, 56m14s

Blue Sky Horse Radio interviews Regan Sunshine Brussé of the Unsheltered Campaign

Shelter 4 All | Unsheltered Campaign

Regan Sunshine Brussé
Regan Sunshine Brussé
On 11 July 2020 Jenniefer Stronge chatted with Regan Sunshine Brussé of the Unsheltered Campaign.

blue-sky-horse-radio-2020-07-11-with-Regan-Sunshine-Brusse.mp3 (109.8 MBytes, 1h59m53s)

CKMS News – 2020-04-27 – Tent City for Immediate COVID-19 Response

Episode Host: Julian Ichim
Listen here: CKMS News – 2020-04-27 – Tent City for Immediate COVID-19 Response

On Today’ s show we feature a report back from the April 15th 2020 community organizing meeting in Kitchener to address the Coronavirus pandemic in respect to the homeless population, and implement immediate measures to mitigate the impacts. The meeting was held at the LOT 42 events and conference campus, and among other things, concluded with the announcement of the establishment of a tent city on the LOT 42 property.

We then speak with Nadine Green, Heather Majaury, and Ron Doyle, about the Lot lot 42 site which will be used to house people, as well as run programs that help poor people. The site includes a tent city in the court yard as well as a building with washrooms sports facilities a movie room and common area.

Nadine Green was a downtown store owner who used her store as a place to house homeless people as well as provide them with employment until the city and other forces forced her to shut down. As a result of this resistance was built and Heather Majaury came on board as an indigenous activist who found common cause with Nadine in terms of the plight of homeless people. This collaboration touched the heart of Landlord Ron Doyle who donated his property, lot 42 for Nadine, Heather and other like minded activists to use to solve the housing crisis.

Ron Doyle did this unprecedented move of donating his land as a result of the fact that the city is not doing enough around the, housing crisis and with the outbreak of Covid 19 homeless people more then ever need a place to go and if the city will not provide this space Ron took it upon himself to provide the space.

For more information on the Tent City, including ways to support it, you can visit the websites: mymothernamedmesunshine.ca/ or civichubwr.org/unsheltered-campaign/

Or on social media on twitter @UnshelteredC and on facebook and instagram at unsheltered.campaign

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS Community Connections for 13 April 2020 with Regan Sunshine Brussé of Unsheltered Campaign

Show Notes

Regan Sunshine Brussé
Regan Sunshine Brussé

Regan Sunshine Brussé is an anti-poverty activist working with Alliance Against Poverty, and is now working to find shelter for those left unsheltered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sign the petition: We need a fighting chance for our unsheltered residents!

The interview starts at 11m53s.

Regan Sunshine Brussé Online:

Unsheltered Campaign:

CanadaHelps donate buttonYou can donate to the Unsheltered Campaign funds at the CanadaHelps portal.

Podcast

Download: ckms-community-connections-2020-04-13.mp3 (54.8 MiBytes, 59m51s, episode 46)

Podcast Index

  • 0m23s: I, The Mountain | Little Wild (album cover) I, The MountainLitle Wild from the Album Little Wild
  • 3m15s: Dreaming Out Loud
  • 6m46s: Bob Jonkman introduces I, The Mountain
  • 8m29s: High Spirits
  • 11m59s: Interview with Regan Sunshine Brussé
  • 33m19s: Safe From Harm
  • 38m22s: The Boat
  • 41m13s: Departures
  • 44m33s: I Swam
  • 47m46s: Winter Blues
  • 51m49s: Rosa
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  • 55m47s: The Only Bar | J.P. Mortier (album cover) - J.P. Mortier sitting in an empty bar playing electric guitarJ.P. MortierThe Only Bar from the Album The Only Bar

CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs on Friday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Got music, spoken word, or other interesting stuff? Let us know at office@radiowaterloo.ca or leave a comment on our “About” page.

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Show notes and podcast interview content is Copyright © 2020 by the participants, and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution Only license. Copy, re-use, and deriviatives works are allowed with attribution to Radio Waterloo and a link to this page. Music selections are copyright by the respective rights holders.

Photo provided by Regan Sunshine Brussé from Facebook