City shel­ters an­i­mals bet­ter than peo­ple

NOW Magazine - - LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR -

Re OCAP Descends On City Hall ( Again) ( NOW, Fe­bru­ary 18). As the Toronto Dis­as­ter Re­lief Com­mit­tee’s co­founder, it’s nice to be missed. Thank you. I miss it, too, and weirdly, reg­u­larly visit our ar­chives at the city of Toronto to glean new ideas around is­sues that have only wors­ened.

You’re right, we worked with OCAP a lot over those years and still do around is­sues of home­less­ness. The re­sponse from City Hall is not only piti ful but dan­ger­ous, in that it leaves peo­ple in dire cir­cum­stances and at risk of death and in­jury.

To date no mem­ber of the me­dia, no politi­cian and likely no city bu­reau­crat has gone in the mid­dle of the night to see for them­selves the con­di­tions at the warming cen­tres and Out of the Cold pro­grams.

As I’ve said be­fore, if the Hu­mane So­ci­ety or city an­i­mal shel­ters held an­i­mals in these con­di­tions, peo­ple in Toronto would not tol­er­ate it.

Cathy Crowe Street nurse and vis­it­ing prac­ti­tioner at Ry­er­son,

Toronto

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