Last week, City Council voted against a motion from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam that would add 1,000 permanent beds to the shelter system and make a request to the federal government to open the Moss Park and Fort York armouries to provide additional emergency shelter space, despite offers of support from federal officials “We were shocked that City Council refused to recognize the crisis we are facing in our shelter system.”, said Rafi Aaron, Spokesperson for the Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness. “Last year, for the first time ever, the Out of the Cold Shelters routinely turned people away to sleep in the streets, parks and ravines of our City. Front-line workers are now facing the same issue as there are no beds in shelters for their clients. The Moss Park and Fort York Armouries must be opened immediately to resolve this crisis.”