"… Yellowknife's #homeless #crisis: Government plays catch up as people try to survive
on the street in one of #coldest cities in the world - Clayton Bearard takes a sip from a dark brown bottle before passing it around a circle of people across from Yellowknife's downtown liquor store. It's not even three o'clock in the afternoon but with a stretch of warm weather following a frigid spring blizzard, the growing huddle of street people seem happy to soak up the sun as they polish off a 26 oz. bottle of Private Stock.
Clayton, a 43-year-old originally Fort Resolution, N.T., hasn't worked a steady job since injuring his back while working construction more than a decade ago – an accident which exacerbated a painful spinal condition that's bothered him since he was a child. Between a monthly disability check and contracts for shovelling snow and other odd jobs, he manages to make enough to buy the booze and weed he needs to numb the physical and emotional pain that has come from living a hard life on the streets. …"
Ending Yellowknife homelessness would help 1,500 people but may cost $170M, says consultant - Specialist believes city's 10-year plan to end homelessness is worth the money By Ollie Williams, CBC News Posted: Apr 20, 2017 - bout 1,500 people, or 10 per cent of Yellowknife's population, experience homelessness at some point each year, according to a consultant who gave city councillors an update on a 10-year plan to end homelessness that's in progress. …"