This week’s events don’t inspire confidence in the City of Toronto’s ability to get the hard-core homeless off our streets in the middle of a bitter cold snap.

On Sunday, Toronto Mayor John Tory’s office issued a statement rejecting the use of Toronto’s Moss Park and Fort York Armouries as homeless shelters, consistent with a Dec. 6 decision by city council, which approved an alternate emergency-bed plan by a vote of 39 to 3.

“Our expert staff continue to believe the Better Living Centre is a better option for a winter respite than the armouries,” Tory’s statement said.