Toronto Mayor John Tory should declare a state of emergency on homelessness following the recent death of a man in a city parking lot, says a street nurse who works with the homeless.

“This is the first year that everyone that works in the [homelessness] sector is saying, ‘It has never been this bad,'” said Cathy Crowe.

“I listened to a press conference this morning that was quite passionate and it was about the number of trucks that will be out on the road salting,” Crowe said.

“I listened with amusement because I don’t hear that level of urgency to people’s lives who are homeless.”