Poverty has drastic impact on health, especially in rural Ontario – Thestar.com

The erosion of social assistance rates and rise in precarious employment, along with the rising costs of living, mean basic necessities are now out of reach for many

Aug. 8, 2016

“I’m here for a sleeping pill. I can’t sleep, it’s too cold.”

I have been told by several patients living on the streets that the hardest part is the cold, particularly in Northern Ontario where shelters are scarce. For some, this fate results when years of trauma and tragedy lead to social isolation. It is often accompanied by health struggles. I’ve watched several individuals’ health deteriorate, but with 5 to 10-year wait lists for subsidized housing and barriers, such as systemic racism, we are left to sit and wait.

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