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Ve’ahavta’s MYTORONTO Photography Contest Will Capture Life in the City

By Ari Derin, Communications Intern A long line of eager photographers waited outside the Ryerson University School of Image Arts this past Monday, May 6. These individuals were waiting to pick up the single-use cameras distributed by the MYTORONTO photography contest staff and volunteers. The contest, in its third year, provides an opportunity for people […]

How formerly homeless people are helping those in need — and helping themselves

A North York Jewish group’s meal box program is employing people who’ve experienced poverty Talia Ricci · CBC News · Posted: Nov 21, 2018 5:00 AM ET | Last Updated: November 21 Outreach worker Ryan Balser, left, hands Kim Mcdougall care packages to hand out around St. Clair Avenue West and Bathurst Street. (Grant Linton / CBC News) There’s […]

‘Awareness goes a long way’: Photo exhibit shows city from the view of the homeless

Lorenda Reddekopp · CBC News · Posted: Oct 11, 2018 12:03 PM ET | Last Updated: October 11 It’s the second year for the My Toronto Photography Project, put on by Jewish anti-poverty group Ve’ahavta. A new photo exhibit gives people a view of the city through the lens of people who are homeless or […]

These 13 winning photos by people who’ve experienced homelessness will make up the next MYTORONTO calendar

By Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Thu., Oct. 11, 2018 Hardship and periods of homelessness have left a positive mark on the heart of Maria Santos. “It stayed with me. You just don’t forget that. You become more humble,” said Santos, 54, explaining that she once relied on emergency shelters, sometimes with her very young […]

MYTORONTO photo exhibition through the lens of Toronto’s homeless

By: Sonya Davidson October 10, 2018 People in our community who live below the poverty line want us to see life through their lens in the MYTORONTO photo exhibition opening October 11 at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street). 111 single use Fujifilm cameras were offered to Torontonians living on our streets this past May. Ninety-three of […]

Photography project highlights first-hand accounts of life on Toronto’s streets

By: Mike Visser and Audra Brown  Posted Oct 9, 2018 4:12 pm EST Last Updated Oct 9, 2018 at 10:34 pm EST It’s a photography project that tells the stories of people marginalized by homelessness and poverty – simply by putting a camera in their hands. Back in May, 111 single-use cameras were distributed to […]