Outside the meeting room, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam joined providers of services to homeless Torontonians to demand a stronger city response to an ongoing crisis in capacity and unsafe conditions.

Wong-Tam said she plans to make a motion to open 1,000 beds this year at council. She noted that on Dec. 6, council rejected her similar proposal but then had to scramble to ramp up the city’s response when extreme cold strained the already overtaxed shelter system.

“This is so critical because it is a life-and-death situation,” she said. “I hope that city council will not make the same mistake on Feb. 12 as they did on Dec. 6.”