An innovative housing project in Winnipeg wants to lift nearly two dozen people out of homelessness by asking them what they want in a home.
"Significant attention is paid toward homelessness during severe weather, or if someone dies on the streets, or the bus shelters are full, or another encampment is torn down," says Winnipeg community worker Ken St. George. "But the attention is always short-lived. The issues remain."
Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 24-year-old Winnipeg man who passed away after suffering brain damage in a freak accident earlier this month.
When he worked for Via in Winnipeg in the 1990s, Tony McFarlane helped end a practice of booking higher-paid train staff in separate, and sometimes more expensive, hotel accommodations than lower-paid staff — many of whom were people of colour.