Category Archives: Staff Blog

Human Development Council Release 5th Homelessness Report Card

Human Development Council Releases 2013 Saint John Shelter Use Infographic Saint John’s annual Homelessness Report Card is now available online in the form of an infographic.  It displays data from 2013, when 338 individuals relied on emergency shelters for safety … Read more

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Relatively Speaking…

By Jenny O’Connell I recently returned to Saint John from a two week vacation in Mexico.  I lived there for 11 months after I graduated from high school and I went back to visit my host family and friends—it had … Read more

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Look at our Toolkit: Sign our Pledge!

The Human Development Council (HDC) is a member of the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness (www.learningcommunity.ca). In 2013 the Learning Community began to develop an online Toolkit that will provide training and tools for organizations working with homeless youth … Read more

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It’s Time To Extend The Municipal Franchise

Last month Common Council threw its support behind a progressive measure that would allow permanent residents to vote in municipal elections. At its January 6th meeting, Council approved a resolution to “endorse the concept of extending the right to vote … Read more

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Income Splitting – So much for so few

The Minister of Finance recently announced that the government is on track to eliminate the deficit by 2015. Some commentators are predicting that it could be earlier. This has increased speculation that the Conservative government will begin implementing its 2010 … Read more

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We Have Moved!

We have Moved!!! But we haven’t gone far! The HDC is on the third level of Brunswick Sq. Thanks for your patience as we survived the Great City Market Tower Flood of 2014.

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“If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right!”

  By Jenny O’Connell Community Development Coordinator Check out this TED talk by Michael Norton, who argues that money can indeed buy happiness and that there’s a positive correlation between giving to charity and happiness!  Norton tell us to “start … Read more

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Finding The Way: Making a difference at Christmas

It is that time of the year again! Malls become crowded with shoppers looking for that perfect gift for their loved ones no matter what the cost is. Unfortunately, in our community not everyone has the means to buy gifts … Read more

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Tackling Homelessness: It's About The Numbers

By Randy Hatfield Back in 2006, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell (Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers) created quite a stir when he introduced “Million-Dollar Murray” to the public. In an article in the New Yorker magazine, Gladwell described how Murray – … Read more

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We Should Put Housing First

Printed in the April 24th Edition of the Telegraph Journal By Randy Hatfield Political and media attention is increasingly focused on the possibility of another energy boom for Saint John. Speculation on the potential benefits of economic growth is competing … Read more

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