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Reports

Karto Signals: Shifting Responses to Encampments

HelpSeeker Technologies
In recent years, Canadian cities have witnessed a significant rise in the number of encampments. These spaces, often born out of necessity, have become a focal point in discussions about social infrastructure planning, social policy, and human rights. This Karto Signals briefing aims to serve as an introductory resource for social infrastructure decision-makers, offering a focused lens on four emergent signals that are set to impact the future of community wellbeing and safety.
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Karto Signals Redefining the Emergency: Integrating Disaster Responses with Complex Social Issues

Dr. Alina Turner
Examin the transformative approaches to emergency preparedness in Canada, amidst an era marked by escalating social and environmental challenges. This report delves into the integration of disaster response mechanisms with complex social issues, advocating for a holistic strategy that encompasses both prevention and response across multiple levels of government. It underscores the need for innovative, inclusive frameworks to ensure robust and equitable emergency management throughout the nation.
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2024 State of Child Wellbeing In Central Alberta

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and Red Deer Polytechnic
The "State of Child Wellbeing in Central Alberta" report, prepared by the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC) in partnership with Red Deer Polytechnic, provides an in-depth exploration of the current conditions affecting child wellbeing in the region. This report not only collects data on child maltreatment—including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse—but also examines the broader social, economic, and cultural contexts that influence these issues.
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Guns & Gangs Trends in Lower Mainland

Lower Mainland
Gangs in the Lower Mainland recruit vulnerable children as young as 11 or 12, exploiting their vulnerabilities with false promises of money and protection. The gang lifestyle is glamorized through social media and rap music, which contributes to increased violence. Additionally, parents without family support are at high risk for gang recruitment. Even children from affluent families are not immune to the lure of gang involvement.
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Quesnel Service and Housing Options Review For Vulnerable Populations

City of Quesnel
This report aims to present a comprehensive analysis of housing and support services needed to address vulnerabilities faced by select populations in the City of Quesnel. These communities are Lhtako Dene Nation, Nazko First Nation, Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, and ?Esdilagh First Nation, collectively referred to as the Communities. The purpose of this project is to explore the specific needs of these populations to develop targeted solutions that can effectively reduce the risk of homelessness.
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Sunshine Coast Social & Housing Needs Assessment

Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast does not have appropriate housing and support services to meet the current and changing needs of the community. This is layered on top of a growing yet aging population, the ongoing impacts of colonialism on Indigenous people, the opioid crisis, and the urgent need for climate resiliency. While the greatest demand is for smaller housing units, almost 80% of the current inventory consists of single detached dwellings. This type of housing is unaffordable for most median-income households; is not typically designed for climate resiliency; and does not support walkable neighbourhoods.
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Woodlands County Social Needs Assessment

Woodlands County
Rural communities like Woodlands County are at the heart of our province. They are where our food is grown and where natural resources are harnessed. They are also home to diverse and vibrant populations that cherish a rural way of life. However, there are challenges for rural communities like Woodlands County. The social needs assessment conducted in Woodlands County shows the complexity of social issues in the community.
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Advancing the First Nations Homelessness Action Plan

Assembly of First Nations
HelpSeeker proposed a three-pronged approach, a systems mapping and a body of qualitative and quantitative research to develop supporting evidence for AFN’s mandate for the development of a culturally appropriate national First Nations housing and homelessness strategy. This strategy is to complement and align with the current existing First Nations housing and related infrastructure strategy.
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Karto Signals: Child and Youth Safety and Wellbeing Post-COVID19

HelpSeeker Technologies
Karto Signals is a monthly release and virtual discussion that provides in-depth analysis and insights into emerging or pressing issues in the social infrastructure landscape. In a world where the technological landscape is evolving at an unprecedented pace, the challenges and opportunities facing today's children youth are both complex and urgent. This Karto Signals briefing aims to serve as an introductory resource for social infrastructure decision-makers, offering a focused lens on four emergent signals that are set to impact the future of community wellbeing and safety.
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2024 Social Outlook

Dr. Alina Turner
As we step into 2024, a year brimming with potential and challenges, our "2024 Social Outlook" offers a panoramic view of the key social, political, and economic trends that will shape our communities and policies. This report is designed to guide leaders, policymakers, and engaged citizens through the complexities of the upcoming year.
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Better Together – Moncton’s Social Inclusion Plan

Moncton
Moncton is amid a transformative period marked by dynamic growth and increasing diversity. Our population has seen a significant uptick, rising 23.9% over the past 15 years. Projections suggest that by 2046, Moncton could be home to more than 116,200 residents. This isn’t just a number; it reflects a community that is becoming more diverse and enriched across various dimensions—age, culture, language, and lived experiences.
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Getting Ahead of the New Homelessness by 2030

Dr. Alina Turner
As we navigate these challenging times, it is crucial to engage in more nuanced and comprehensive conversations about homelessness, looking beyond simplified narratives to develop effective, long-term strategies. In a holistic view, it is crucial to understand that homelessness does not occur in isolation; it is often both a cause and a consequence of various other social issues.
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