November 12, 2020
Let’s face it. Toronto has a lousy track record of providing safe shelter for homeless people — for decades.
Eighteen years ago, we learned of a dangerous shelter that was being operated in the basement of a social agency. The organization had the blessing of the city and received city funding. Filmmaker Shelley Saywell, who was in the process of filming Street Nurse, asked for permission to film there and, not surprisingly, was denied.
So Dri, a tent city resident, was outfitted with a secret camera in a baseball cap and he entered. The footage he obtained was so alarming that rather than wait for the editing process and for the film’s release, we held a press conference and provided the footage to the media.