One of the largest growing concerns in Toronto is the constantly
increasing number of citizens who are finding themselves living on the
streets. With the decrease in the number of available jobs, the population
of homeless people has literally boomed. My questions are not as simple to
answer as they may appear. Why is a large portion of our community forced
to live on the streets? What has be done to decrease the problem? These
are the questions I will confront in my essay.
With the economical wealth attributed to the name "Canada", one
would have to wonder why there is a homeless situation at all. This
problem is especially evident in Canada's wealthiest city, Toronto. When
it comes to the affairs of the people, it is the government who should
intervene. When I look at what the government has done with regard to the
homeless problem, I have to doubt that everything is being done to
eradicate it. The United Nations implemented a universal declaration of
human rights. Article 25 Section 1 of this declaration states:
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the
health and well being of himself and of his family, including food,
clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and to
the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability,
widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his
This is a step in the right direction. However, this is not enough.
These rights are subject to the discretion of the government of the
country who decides to obey these universal rights. How much is
The government, both at the federal and municipal levels, is
currently working on new spending cuts. These cuts also include spending
on welfare, unemployment and social services that are geared towards
helping the homeless. Spending cuts can be seen as a necessity to maintain
the country economically, but the reason for having a government in the
first place is to take care of the people. How can this be done when money
is being taken away from those services that are necessary to uphold this
obligation? Simply put, it cannot. Those obligations are served by
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