City council has voted against a motion to declare Toronto’s homelessness and housing crisis a state of emergency.
Ward 4 city councillor Gord Perks speaking at the press conference at Toronto City Hall the morning of Jan 22. (Kiki Cekota/ Ryersonian) By Melissa Bennardo and Kiki Cekota City…
Toronto Mayor John Tory recently announced that he’s making affordable housing a top priority. But he’ll have to reconcile this commitment with what one charity, Fred Victor, is saying is a 100 per cent increase in homelessness over the past two years.
Those living on Toronto’s streets have faced the brunt of extreme weather this year.
At least 70 people experiencing homelessness have died so far in 2017, according to records from the City of Toronto. Of these 70 deaths, over half were people under 48 years old and 57 were men.
Students walk around piles of cardboard boxes, blankets and a tent on the sidewalk on their way to the subway. Others, leaving the Tim Hortons on Victoria Street avoid eye contact as they mumble and nod thanks to Jason Serroul for holding the door.
The occasional passerby hands Serroul some quarters. Sometimes it’s a coffee. Sometimes a takeout container with leftover food.