October 30, 2017
At least 70 homeless Torontonians have died so far this year, most never reaching age 50, according to new figures that startled city hall decision-makers.
“Seventy deaths in a city as wealthy as ours is an absolute failure on the part of everyone,” including politicians, Councillor Joe Cressy told fellow members of the city’s public health committee Monday after a presentation on the year-to-date statistics.
“I just don’t think we can claim to be the world’s most liveable city as 70 people die on our streets.”
Actually, 46 of them died indoors — usually at an inner-city hospital or homeless shelter — while four were recorded as dying outdoors and the place of death was not noted for 20 others in reports given to public health by various agencies.