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24 11, 2016

Get ready for a full month of Blues as Aurora Winter Blues Fest grows

November 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Get ready for a full month of Blues as Aurora Winter Blues Fest grow By Brock Weir In February, where the days are short, the nights are long, and the flying snow gets everyone a little bit down, Aurora will have more reasons than ever before to sing the blues as the Aurora Winter Blues Festival ramps up the volume. As the first snowfall of the season on Thursday gave an appetizer of things to come, organizers behind the Aurora Winter Blues Festival announced they are getting ready to serve up a whole plate next year, expanding the Festival to [...]

19 01, 2016

A Door to Opportunity

January 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. At 17, Mathew Brunning was alone, hungry and quickly running out of options. The place he had once called home was unstable; his mother struggled with mental-health issues and he constantly experienced her unpredictable bouts of anger. “When I was with my mom, the future looked dark,” he says. But, with his father in the hospital and no friends to stay with, Mathew was left with only one place to turn—the streets. Two years later, Mathew was well acquainted with the shelter system. Following [...]

1 12, 2015

Beyond Toronto’s borders, homeless means living in the woods

December 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Read the full article at CBC. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Vance Patterson knows the secret places where men who aren't ready to get help with their problems hide. He knows these desperate places, located in wooded areas outside Toronto, because he used to hide there as well. Patterson was part of the geographic shift of poverty and homelessness, moving out of the downtown core into the suburbs. As housing costs in Toronto drive people out to the suburbs, Newmarket, within commuting distance of Toronto, has become a hub of homelessness, but with few services to keep up with growing social problems. [...]