Next week and every second Tuesday year round (August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, 2015) people gather at noon outside the south doors of The Church of the Holy Trinity beside the Eaton Centre to remember all who have died on the streets of Toronto. The memorial is followed by a light lunch for all.
The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee and The Church of the Holy Trinity put together a Homeless Memorial outside the church in 2000. The photo above is of Bonnie Briggs, founder of the current memorial. Names have been collected since 1985 and on February 12th, 2013 the 700th name was added. Current list is here:
The Mission Statement of the Toronto Homeless Memorial is: “We remember all those homeless people who have lived in the streets of Toronto, and died as a direct result of homelessness.”
Several stories have been written about the memorial and those who are remembered here:
- Carol Goar remembers Stewart Poirier who was the 700th name added in 2013.
- John Bonar of Rabble.ca has a collection of audio, video, and print stories of the memorial. This is a selection of links, but more exist, if you visit their website; January 2015, October 2014 – videos part 1 and part 2, September 2014 – six names added, September 2010 – five names added,
You can access the church through the mall, from Dundas or Bay streets.
At 5pm today all are invited to gather at the SW corner of Yonge and Dundas to mourn the death of the man who died there last night of hypothermia and cardiac arrest. City warming shelters were not open and the regular shelters are full.
Link to story on CP24.
Continue reading Memorial for death at Dundas and Yonge
Morgan Baskin, who was baptised at Holy Trinity 18 years ago, has started her run for mayor of Toronto. She has attracted quite a bit of media attention. She was interviewed for the Toronto Anglican last month and shared some of her thoughts with them.
“Young people bring a different and outside perspective, and we’re not hearing that right now. Young people bring fresh ideas. We’re inventors and forward-thinkers and activists and change-makers, and we need to be given opportunities and bring our voices to politics. Continue reading Lifelong member Morgan Baskin running for mayor
Join concerned citizens of Toronto as they remember their sisters and brothers who have died on the street without a home to call their own.
Gathering at noon outside Church of The Holy Trinity at the Homeless Memorial. Remembrance is followed by a light lunch in the church.
At noon on the second Tuesday of each month a group gathers at the south steps of Church of the Holy Trinity to remember all those who have died while homeless in Toronto.
By John Bonnar, Rabble.ca | August 15, 2009
They held candles, bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence for the men, women and children who died of homelessness in Toronto.
“This month we have no new names that must be added,” said the minister.
“Not that we know of anyway,” said one of the mourners.
“We pray this month we were spared more deaths,” added the minister.
On the second Tuesday of the month, they gather outside the Church of the Holy Trinity to mourn the dead. The Homeless Memorial, a small wooden structure near the steps to the entrance, contains over 600 names of those who have lived and died on the streets.
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