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.
The pilgrimage began early in the morning at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, where churchwarden Michael Shapcott, who has been involved in housing advocacy in Toronto for many years, provided some historical context for the drastic decrease in social housing since the mid-1980s.
Bonnie Briggs, founder of the Toronto Homeless Memorial, then shared some of her own experiences as a homeless person on the streets of Toronto. “I first became homeless in 1987,” she said. “The landlord of the place we were living at sold the house. We were told that the new owner wanted the whole house for himself. Three months later we were on the street.”
We continue this monthly remembrance of those who have died recently and those who died years ago. We remember those whose names were known and those whose names were unknown.
We remember their lives and all they offered and we look for ways to house more people and offer dignity to those without homes.
Join us to listen, to share, to remember… Followed by a light lunch
Want to know and understand a bit more about poverty, check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUL2DrTVEYq76RvTcqqw-0bw&v=GHfD9au5Nok