At least 8 homeless people have died in Toronto since mid-October. And while the City of Toronto recently released its plan to deal with homelessness this year, it’s clear that there are massive gaps in the plan. It’s time that we stop simply listening to the tragic stories of the poverty on our streets and recognize that the GTA should be declaring a state of emergency on homelessness…

Seaton House, the largest men’s shelter in Canada (which is slated to close in 2020) is known to have serious problems with hygiene, drugs, and violence. In fact, the City of Toronto has acknowledged that Seaton House is “inadequate” and plans to open smaller homeless shelters in its place.

But as a city and province we seem to be uninterested in solving the crisis of homelessness. It’s not a pipe dream. In other parts of Canada, the challenge of homelessness has been effectively addressed.