December 19, 2017
John picks up a blowtorch and holds a lighter to it inside his tent.
“Once in blue moon, if it gets really cold,” he says as a blue flame hisses from the tip. “I just warm it up a bit and then go back to sleep.”
He’s camping in the city, but not really.
The 46-year-old is homeless.
“I mean I have no hydro, I’m freezing my ass off, but you know what? I have a lot of blankets.”
Hamilton’s homeless outreach workers worry more about people like John when the cold weather sets in.