Blog: The Impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities

Introduction COVID-19 has impacted all Albertans in devastating and widely different ways, but people with disabilities have pre-existing, unique, and complex concerns that have been exacerbated by the crisis. People with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty, isolation, unemployment, and child welfare intervention. Other factors...

Blog: Harm Reduction, People Who Use Drugs, and Their Communities

Introduction In early May, ESPC volunteer Jayme Wong published a blog post on supervised consumption sites in Alberta, detailing the debate surrounding their closures. Since then, the Alberta government has decided to close yet another service site in Calgary. While it has promised to move these services to another location, there is no...

Blog: Current Status Unknown: Albertan Supervised Consumption Sites in 2021

Written by Jayme Wong, ESPC Volunteer In August 2020, the busiest supervised consumption site in North America closed just two years after it opened its doors in Lethbridge, Alberta. The location, which saw a total of 444,781 visitors between January 2018 and June 2020, [1] was shut down following the release of a controversial provincial report...

Blog: Poverty in Canada: A Progress Report

Introduction One in nine Canadians lives in poverty—or 11% of the overall population. That's according to the latest (and first) report from the National Advisory Council on Poverty. The good news is that this rate is trending downwards. The bad news is that other poverty indicators, such as food security, unmet housing needs, and low literacy,...

Blog: Low Income Single Adults: How stereotypes can make us forget people

Introduction Recent attention has been given to low-income single adults, describing them as the “forgotten poor.” More people are living as singles—as a share of the population, single people have grown from 9% in 1981 to 14% in 2016. Despite Canada-wide anti-poverty measures, many single adults are struggling to meet their basic needs. A recent...

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