Charles Burrell and Lisa Ryan spent the winter making sure no one in Moncton froze to death in a snowbank or overdosed in a tent.

Burrell and his group of volunteers provided cots for about 50 people every night in the converted dining hall at the Humanity Project, a non-profit organization on St. George Street in Moncton that feeds people every day.

Ryan, who runs the YMCA’s ReConnect street outreach program, accommodated another 50 people at a temporary shelter in downtown Moncton.

Fallout continues over allegations that homeless patients were discharged from Surrey Memorial Hospital and shuttled by taxi to Chilliwack shelters.

Premier John Horgan described the allegations from Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove sent to Fraser Health as “startling” during his weekly media availability Thursday in the legislature in Victoria.

“If that is in fact the case, that’s startling for me and I think startling for all British Columbians,” Horgan said.

“Why we brought in a minister of mental health and addictions is so that we didn’t have examples like this, where we find cracks in the system, and those who have potential mental health challenges are left to their own devices.”

The lives of more than 400 low-income Ontarians receiving a basic income under the province’s three-year pilot project were showing “significant improvements” before the Ford government killed the experiment last summer, according to a new report.

Participants reported less stress and depression, fewer health problems and a greater ability to work, buy healthy food, upgrade their education and secure stable housing, says the report being released Monday by the Basic Income Canada Network.

“Many respondents talked about working hard their whole lives, often at multiple jobs, but never really having a life — until basic income made that possible,” says the report, which tries to gauge the impact of the ill-fated anti-poverty initiative in the absence of official government research.

Basic income advocates aren’t giving up the fight to have Ottawa pick up the cancelled pilot program as final payments draw nearer.

Tom Cooper, director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, said the lobby effort continues to have the federal government take over the pilot project ahead of participants receiving their last payments at the end of March.

He said he hopes basic income will be included in the federal budget, which is being tabled March 19.

After two weeks at the Salvation Army men’s shelter in downtown Hamilton, Justin Edward Provo made his exit.

Now that he has a bed in an east-end group home, Provo has set his eyes on getting his own place.

“If you want to get out of shelters, you’ve got to motivate yourself,” the 27-year-old says.

The longer someone is homeless, the more difficult it is to break the cycle, social service professionals say.

Prodded by Vancouver city council, the provincial government in British Columbia has moved to keep temporary winter shelters for homeless people open past their scheduled shutdown date at the end of this month.

The province is investing $3.1 million to keep the shelters open, making sure that at least 240 beds remain available until March 31, 2020.

The investment follows a motion introduced in Vancouver’s city council on Feb. 26 by Councillor Jean Swanson, who said people forced to leave shelters when they are closed have nowhere to go and deserve a safe place to stay year round.