As Toronto braces for another frigid night under an extreme cold warning, some Torontonians are clamouring for the city to open up the armouries to homeless people — an idea city council had rejected earlier this month.

Alarm bells were set off Saturday night when volunteers at the Moss Park supervised injection site reported that they were unable to find a shelter to send people to in order to stay warm overnight.

You say, “on the unemployment front, those numbers are the lowest we’ve seen in a decade.”

There is a new record number of people at the food bank. Is it because the people that ran out of EI are no longer mentioned on the unemployment list anymore?

You say, “public healthcare, has lifted over 315,000 out of poverty.”

Please go to the food bank and ask them to give you their answer.

You say …

How do you provide housing for the chronically homeless? One small Toronto non-profit has found a way – but it’s harder than it ought to be.

Earlier this month, St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society started work on a new social housing development: a skinny three-storey building that contains 22 bachelor units. Designed by LGA Architectural Partners, it’s going alongside a building St. Clare’s owns on Leonard Avenue in the neighbourhood of Kensington Market, turning what used to be a parking lot into desperately needed housing.

The city of Toronto is adding beds for homeless people this winter as the number of those without a consistent roof over their head continues to grow.

The city is planning to add another 400 beds this winter and six temporary respite centres as a way of combatting the issue of overcrowding in shelters.

Cece Cohen, a homeless person who’s been living on the Toronto streets off and on for six years, has seen the need for more places to stay up close.

“(The shelters are) packed to capacity and nobody wants to move and there are people getting sick and even passing away in these shelters and nobody’s even actually stopping to change anything,” Cohen told CTV News.

On cold winter nights, when the risk of frostbite and hypothermia spikes, Edmonton’s Central LRT station will be a last resort for the city’s homeless.

Temperatures on Christmas Day plummeted to -31 C, with windchill.

Central LRT station can be used as an emergency shelter from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. when temperatures drop below -20 C with windchill, the city announced in a press release Thursday.

Premier John Horgan says addressing British Columbia’s housing crisis is his government’s top priority in 2018, but it’s not the only pressing concern on his minority New Democrat government’s to-do list.

Here’s a list of the consultations, audits and reviews the government is expected to complete or undertake in 2018 …

Homelessness is a prevalent issue in Canada. During an outing with friends this past weekend in Metro Vancouver, I was disturbed by the sheer number of homeless individuals sprawled out on the streets, relying on the generosity of strangers to survive. The evening went by and I thought nothing of it, giving only to one individual who I thought desperately needed it.

By nature of homelessness, the lack of a secure permanent residence and employment makes it difficult for those in the homeless community to escape the cycle of poverty. Their position provokes discrimination.