Tory said he was against declaring an emergency or using the armouries as shelters.

“The staff have advised me that the declaration of such an emergency would not represent a proper use of that part of the law,” Tory said, adding that staff also recommended that there are spaces more appropriate than the armouries.

Street nurse Cathy Crowe argues the new plan does not go far enough to address the realities on the ground. Crowe said Tory didn’t explain why armouries aren’t suitable, or where the motel spaces will be located. She added that looking for new spaces in an already overburdened shelter system is “dangerous.”

“Why would you add crowding to crowding?” Crowe said. “It can potentially worsen conditions. We got alarm bells of the strep outbreak, also violence in shelters, worker health and safety.”