Homeless Man Embarrasses Our Provincial Government Into Action
November 27, 2022 6:36pm CST
Being homeless in Canada in the winter is a serious issue and over the past year, the issue has escalated a lot. I help build apartment buildings I could never afford to live in. Our city councilors have been warning that unless something is done people will die in the streets here. The province was refusing to recognize the extent of the problem. We lost our first homeless person this winter season early this past week. He could not have picked a better spot. They found him in the public bathroom right in front of city hall. At least now the politicians are starting to listen. The province had to readjust its numbers to reflect reality and from there hopefully, find a way to provide some relief. It didn't stop there though. The police misidentified the body and are in hot water over a very shoddy investigation. They are facing a lawsuit. Looks like more good might come out of this than anyone could have imagined.
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It's really sad that it came to this. Hopefully, the homeless numbers don't swell during the winter months. The new estimates will only cover the people that are homeless right now. Fortunately we have laws that forbid evicting people during the winter months.
@JudyEv It's getting worse here. There is a follow-up on this story and it just keeps getting more dysfunctional. They identified the victim and it turns out to be someone they released from prison the day before. They didn't provide him with weather-appropriate clothing on release and the family is quite upset.
We open up shelters but the government was grossly underestimating the number of people in need. They were estimating somewhere just over 200 people when the reality is over 500. The number has been revised to 500 now. Last year we only had 100 homeless and we had five die from exposure.