December 5, 2017
Toronto Mayor John Tory used a Tuesday morning interview on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning to double down on his rejection of a request to open two armouries to Toronto’s homeless.
Tory’s plan to add 400 shelter spaces by opening up motel rooms and freeing up space in existing shelters was criticized for overburdening an already full system.
Housing advocates like Rafi Aaron, a spokesperson for the Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness, have called the plan a “great disappointment” that will “shoehorn” the new spaces where there’s no room.
Aaron wants Tory to open up the Moss Park and Fort York armouries — a plan that’s been backed by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam as well other housing advocates and 20,000 signatories to an online petition.