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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 jobs that do
not require a high school diploma, 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?
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 control.

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 "adequate"?

The government, both at the federal (mostly at 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 nonprofit
organizations who ...

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