Canada’s Encampment Crisis

Season 1 | Episode 2
17m | Jan 27, 2022

Season 1, Episode 2

Canada’s Encampment Crisis

As housing inequality rises across the country, many Winnipeg residents have been left without a place to call home. In the grips of winter, they live without permanent shelter at bus stops and riverside camps. What failures led us here, and what’s being done to make change?

This week, we hear from the Justice Fund Writer-in-Residence, Julia-Simone Rutgers. She’s a writer, journalist, essayist, and sometimes poet. She’s written daily news for the Winnipeg Free Press and StarMetro Halifax, and her work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Coast, and the Discourse.

Rutgers is the first writer-in-residence at The Walrus, and over the next several months, she’ll be investigating housing issues in Winnipeg as just part of the housing crisis that Canada faces as a whole. Sheena Rossiter speaks with Rutgers about her upcoming investigative piece on the housing crisis, its causes, and its impacts.

In this episode:

We hear about Rutgers’s work thus far, her conversations with unhoused Canadians, and the underlying factors causing the housing crisis.

After that, we hear about what Rutgers is reading, watching, and listening to right now.

Finally, we check in on five things we’re talking about this week at The Walrus.


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Hosted and produced by Sheena Rossiter and Angela Misri, with editing by Shayne Giles.

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