Cathy Crowe

Cathy Crowe is a street nurse, author and filmmaker who works nationally and locally on health and social justice issues. Her work has included taking the pulse of health issues affecting homeless people including shelter conditions and inadequate housing, the return of tuberculosis and bedbugs, discrimination and a high mortality rate. She has fostered numerous coalitions and advocacy initiatives that have achieved significant public policy victories.

Cathy is the recipient of numerous awards including honourary Doctorates in Law, Science and Nursing, an international Human Rights and Nursing Award and the prestigious Atkinson Economic Justice Award. Cathy is the author of Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out and was the Executive Producer and researcher for the national documentary film and community development project Home Safe with filmmaker Laura Sky.

Cathy's website is www.cathycrowe.ca

Cathy Crowe
Blog
Sep 4, 2019
Photo: Cathy Crowe

Integrity in journalism counts

Cathy Crowe
Following her mom's lessons on advocacy, Cathy Crowe complained to the Toronto Sun when she was repeatedly called a "poverty pimp."
News
Aug 15, 2019
Image: Toronto Disaster Relief Committee

Fighting homelessness with disaster relief housing

Cathy Crowe
In this excerpt from her new memoir, Cathy Crowe recounts how, in the late 1990s, she and fellow Toronto housing activists fought homelessness by erecting prefabricated housing on undeveloped land.
Blog
Apr 16, 2019
A table and chairs in a hallway with a sign that says Cooling Centre. Image: Cathy Crowe

Anatomy of a heat wave

Cathy Crowe
Despite its own predictions on the impact of climate change, Toronto cancels its cooling centres for vulnerable populations.
Blog
Jan 25, 2019
Crowded conditions in one of the second-tier shelters in Toronto shows rows and rows of cots where 200 people sleep. Photo courtesy of Cathy Crowe.

Homelessness requires a state-of-emergency response

Cathy Crowe
Despite the Liberal government's promises of a National Housing Strategy, homelessness has worsened in nearly every community across the country. It remains a disaster and Toronto is the epicentre.

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