First I want to thank the Indigenous Peoples of Canada on whose traditional territories I have worked and played for 57 years.
I am an academic, researcher, artist, filmmaker, writer, photographer, fly-fishing fanatic and many other things. My CV page can tell you about my scholarly work. The other pages will give you a hint about some of my other skillsets and interests. As a scholar who travels around quite a bit following sessional positions, I have been fortunate to encounter many people in many different places. I am from Toronto, but have lived in Montreal, Galveston, Prince George, Red Deer, and currently Saint John NB.
The following items provide some insight into my ideas about housing and homelessness, issues I faced when I was an addict and experienced episodic homelessness in the early 1990s. After almost 20 years of growing addictions, I entered recovery in 1996. 23 years later, I have a strong commitment to underdogs, but I also know how important it is for people with struggles to confront them and accept responsibility for our part in the direction of our lives. I recognize I came from privilege, but I get pretty upset when privileged people blame people who are marginalized and vulnerable for making bad choices, as if their choice-making were in anyway similar to conventional types: theirs are not. Still, I want a better world and I think that means that we each must listen better and make hard decisions. While I am known for my research on addictions and homelessness for the most part, I am primarily a community based qualitative researcher with an eye to evaluation and enhancement of policies and programs across a broad spectrum of non-profit, governmental and private enterprises. Issues of social justice after all, are everyone’s concern. Just what social justice is, well that will take a lifetime to understand.