Transcript: No Place Like Home | Nov 05, 2012

(music plays)

Colourful letters flash by. Then, against a red background, dialog boxes read "Why Poverty?" and "Ask why!" A logo reads "TVO."

Craig and Durk play pool. Craig is in his mid-fifties, clean-shaven with short hair. He wears a black cap and patterned light green shirt. He has a cross tattoo on his right arm and glasses hanging from his collar.

Craig says SO, DURK, IT'S BEEN A LONG
TIME SINCE WE'VE MET, EH?

Durk is in his fifties, with a goatee and wavy white hair. He wears glasses, gray jacket and blue shirt over a yellow T-shirt. He also wears sunglasses on top of his head.

Durk says CORRECT.

Craig says FIVE OR SIX YEARS.
IT'S AMAZING HOW THINGS GO
FROM, WHAT, FIVE YEARS AGO
WHEN I TOOK YOU HOME
AND MADE A SANDWICH,
AND NOW I'M IN THE
SAME POSITION YOU WERE.

A black slate reads "No Place Like Home."

Craig says I WELDED FOR A FACTORY
FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS.
AND INSTALLED CARPET
FOR 22 YEARS -
WALL-TO-WALL CUSTOM
CARPETS.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Craig Wall. 5 years homeless."

Craig continues I GOT HURT AT WORK IN A CAR
ACCIDENT WHERE MY KNEE
GOT DAMAGED SO I COULDN'T
INSTALL CARPET ANYMORE.
I WENT FROM AN 80- TO
90,000 DOLLARS A YEAR JOB
TO LIVING IN A HOSTEL.
THAT BROKE MY HEART.
WHEN YOU GO FROM YOUR BED INTO A
HOSTEL WITH 80 OTHER PEOPLE.
YOU DON'T HAVE A RELATIONSHIP
WITH YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER,
OR YOUR KIDS ANYMORE.
IT'S LIKE CLIMBING
DOWN A STAIRCASE.
IT'S EASY TO
CLIMB DOWN,
BUT TURN AROUND AND
TRY TO RUN BACK UP,
IT'S A HARDER CLIMB.

The caption changes to "Durk Burns. 10 years homeless."

Durk says I'D BEEN WORKING STAGE
SHOWS SINCE I WAS 15.
I'D WORKED O'KEEFE CENTRE,
MAPLE LEAF GARDENS,
BASICALLY EVERY BUILDING
THEY GOT DOWN HERE.
AS IT TURNED OUT, I GOT HIT BY A
STREETCAR, NOT ON WORK TIME,
SO MY BENEFITS DON'T COVER ME,
NOR DOES MY UNION HAVE TO.
THEY FOUND THE LOOPHOLE WHERE,
HEY, YOU'RE NOT AT WORK SO...
EVERYTHING I PAID
FOR IS GONE.

Playing pool, Durk talks to Craig and says WHAT I STILL DON'T
UNDERSTAND IS HOW I CAN MAKE
ALL THAT MONEY AND NOT
HAVE ANY BENEFITS.
IT'S JUST BEYOND
COMPREHENSION.
NOW YOU'RE IN A POSITION WITH
NO MONEY AND NO PLACE.
WITH NO SOLUTION.

Craig says AND YOU END UP
ON THE STREET.

Durk says RIGHT.
THAT'S HOW COME THERE'S
SO MANY PEOPLE OUT HERE.

Craig says I THINK THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE
THIS PLACE FOR OVER 50.
SO YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO,
SOMEWHERE TO HANG OUT.

(soft music plays)

Durk walks into a building that reads "The Good Neighbours’ Club."

The caption changes to "Mauro Monteiro. Director of Operations." Mauro is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven with brown hair. He wears a light blue shirt.

Mauro says WE ARE A RESOURCE CENTRE FOR
OLDER MEN OVER THE AGE OF 50
WHO ARE HOMELESS, MARGINALLY
HOUSED OR SOCIALLY ISOLATED
IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE.

Men eat in a canteen and use computers in a room.

Mauro continues WE HAVE ABOUT 5,000 PEOPLE
WHO ARE REGISTERED WITH US.
AND ON ANY GIVEN DAY WE'LL SEE
ABOUT 300 TO 400 PEOPLE HERE
EVERY SINGLE DAY.
WE HAVE SOCIAL WORKERS WHO
CAN ASSIST THEM WITH -
OFTEN JUST NAVIGATING
THE COMPLEXITY
OF THE VARIOUS SYSTEMS THAT
THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH.

At the pool room, Durk and Craig chat.

Durk says WHEN I LOOK EVERY MONTH,
THERE'S MAY BE 12 PLACES
THAT I SAY ARE
APPROPRIATE FOR ME.
SMALL NUMBERS TO GET
OUT OF HERE.

Craig says I'VE LOOKED IN THE
LAST THREE WEEKS.
I HAD ONE LANDLORD HAVE
TO PUSH OPEN THE DOOR
WITH THE GARBAGE SAYING, DON'T
WORRY, I'LL CLEAN IT UP.

Durk says THEY WANTED TO
RENT ME A PLACE
AND THEY DIDN'T EVEN
HAVE A DOOR ON THE ROOM.
THEY SAID, OH,
WE'LL PUT IT ON.

Craig says AFTER YOU GIVE
THEM THE MONEY.

Durk says YEAH.

Then, Craig says I TOOK MY GRANDDAUGHTER
TO THE STORE ONE DAY
AND BOUGHT HER ONE
CHOCOLATE BAR.
AND SHE SAID,
"ARE WE POOR?"
He laughs and continues BUT I MEAN, NOW I
COULDN'T EVEN AFFORD
TO BUY HER THAT
CHOCOLATE BAR.
I WORK FOR A
COUPLE OF DAYS
JUST TO SEND HER
A BIRTHDAY GIFT.
YOU WORK DOWN HERE.
THEY COME DOWN TO GET
THE GUYS TO WORK.

A fast-motion clip shows men queuing outside the center.

Craig continues THEY PAY 10 BUCKS AN HOUR AND
YOU'RE LUGGING BRICKS,
AND A LOT OF THE PEOPLE
DROP YOU OFF AND SAY,
I'LL BE BACK IN
FIVE MINUTES,
AND THEY RIP YOU OFF
FOR THE MONEY.
SO YOU'VE WORKED ALL
DAY FOR NOTHING.
WHEN YOU GET DOWN THIS LOW,
YOU DEPEND ON YOUR FRIENDS.
AND THAT'S WHY
WE'RE KINDA LUCKY
BECAUSE OUR FRIENDS
ARE OUR FRIENDS.

Durk says WITH MY EXPERIENCE
I'D LIKE TO
GET BACK TO THE
REAL WORLD,
AS OPPOSED TO... WHAT
I'M DEALING WITH NOW.

Playing pool, Durk says GOOD SHOT, CRAIG.

Craig says I HOPE I DON'T DIE
ON THE STREETS
BUT IT'S A HARD
FIGHT BACK.
PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE HOW
QUICK YOU CAN END UP HERE.

(music plays)

A final slate reads "Producer Director, Karen O’Donnell. Produced by Wordshop Productions Inc."

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Watch: No Place Like Home