Tyr; The issue of world poverty is difficult to deal with, the citizens of many impoverished countries are held that way by despotic leaders. We and other countries send aid workers into harms way to help these folks, financial aid often ends up in the hands of these leaders to bolster their military forces for no other reason than to suppress the populace. Short of invasion there is little else we can do.
In our country poverty rates are grossly overstated. Sadly, poverty is a business which creates work, much like many of the other issues persued by advocacy or pressure groups. Many of the folks who really need the help either get little or none while those who don't need it get "free" money. I live in a part of the country which has 3rd generation welfare families, these aren't people who've fallen on hard times and I have little sympathy for them, they also take from those who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times. All these people are numbers that are crunched together in order to extort money from us workers and we are still made to feel guilty for not doing more. Money does not solve money problems.
You mention Strathcona, (never been there), but every city has places like that, they are visible, and some folks have problems that are unsolvable. Many are there by their own actions, (or inactions) too. But if you see how much a lot, (not all) of them spend on their habits it would make for a decent living in a place Kandahar SK. We all have choices. I have a daughter living in St Petersburg where there is a great divide beween the rich and poor, and virtually no middle class. Most folks earn about 6000 rubles/month, (a little over $200), sure they are miserable, but they are also resourceful and resiliant. To my knowledge they are a proud people, not ashamed.
If Canada has a shame it is coddling the lazy and/or unmotivated, it is the Newfies and Capers working in Alberta that I admire, or anyone who struggles through adversity to actualy make a living. And before you ask, no, I never lived on the streets, I was lucky to have a car, I lived in it while travelling the country picking up work to pay for the thing and put gas in it.