You get what you pay for, or, in Toronto’s case, what you don’t. The shelter crisis of recent weeks — or is it years? — has been a clear indication that whatever demands our political masters are prepared to make of us, helping the homeless survive a deep freeze isn’t among them.

What this says about us is up for debate. But as the old adage has it; we get the leadership we deserve. This is a crucial point in any discussion about how we treat the poor in Toronto. As Councillor Gord Perks has said of the current shelter crisis, on Twitter, “This was predictable. It was predicted and not prevented. It was CHOSEN in order to keep taxes low. Low taxes mean threadbare services with no spare capacity.”