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Cathy Crowe | The sheer scope, circumstances and secrecy surrounding homeless deaths in Toronto, and undoubtedly across Canada is scandalous.
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John Bonnar | Meanwhile, 91,809 households (168,972 people) are on the wait list for affordable housing in Toronto.
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John Bonnar | It was a sparse crowd at Tuesday’s monthly homeless memorial. No one stepped forward to remember these men. No one there to talk about their lives lived. Who they were. Or how they became homeless.
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John Bonnar | In the summertime, most people are preoccupied with their vacation plans. But death never takes a vacation. Particularly for homeless people who are far more likely to die prematurely.
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John Bonnar | Both men died on the same day. At the same shelter. Of unnatural causes. Because there was nothing natural about a 52-year-old and a 69-year-old dying in a men's shelter in downtown Toronto.
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John Bonnar | At this month's homeless memorial vigil in Toronto they honoured a man who spoke loudly and openly on behalf of homeless people.
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John Bonnar | He had a big heart, cared deeply about his friends and had a great sense of humour. And he was only 35 years old when he died.
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John Bonnar | In 2010, the City of Toronto spent $854 million on housing and homelessness programs, but the 2014 budget only calls for $636 million.
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John Bonnar | It was an overcast, bitterly cold day in Toronto. With the windchill, it felt like -16C. But no extreme cold weather alert had been called for the city.
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John Bonnar | After 12 years on the streets of Toronto, he’s now living with his girlfriend, attending George Brown College in the Community Worker Program and completing a work placement at Sanctuary Ministries.
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John Bonnar | It’s far more likely that a new, bigger homeless memorial board will be constructed before we see any significant new social housing construction.
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John Bonnar | This year alone sixteen names have been added to the Homeless Memorial Board. At that pace, the number of new names will exceed last year’s total, a significant increase over the prior three years.