Jan 14, 2015
By Jane Brown
Toronto’s mayor says he’s committed to finding solutions to improve life for people who are homeless in Toronto, particularly during the extremely cold weather.
John Tory was commenting this morning, following news that a man’s body has been found inside a burned out shed near McCowan and Sheppard. It’s not immediately clear what caused the fire but police say the man may have been sleeping inside the shed and had possibly built a fire to keep warm.
“It’s sad no matter what,” Tory said, “but if it’s at all related to the situation with homelessness, it is really just underlining what I’ve said before. Any one death or any number of deaths…is something that’s not acceptable and tragic, and it’s why I’ve been devoting myself for the last couple of weeks, really probably as much as anything except to improve traffic, to try to do some things shorter term and the longer term as we work on the budget to address the issue.”
Two other homeless men died in the cold in Toronto earlier this month. A 61 year old homeless man also died last week after seeking respite at a Toronto shelter.
Mayor Tory says a full report on homelessness and the city’s shelter system will be released in March.