Following up on the recent Missionlog posting about the death of a homeless man in a Winnipeg hospital after 34 hours in the ER , there were news reports just last week from Toronto. A homeless First Nations person has claimed he was beaten severely by in house security staff at St. Michael’s Hospital (according to cbc.ca). Officials dismissed the allegations as an isolated incident. But following those reports a nurse has come forward to refute the claims it was an isolated incident – providing details of a similar beating of an aboriginal visitor at the hands of security. More details of the shocking reports are available online at –
In other homeless news, a study by a York University graduate student has focused on the glaring difference between government promises of funding for housing and homelessness and the lack of money actually being spent. She estimates homelessness costs Canadians $6 billion dollars each year. The results of her investigation and many other leading sociologists will be presented at the annual National Homelessness Conference this week in Calgary.
‘The federal government is throwing $7 billion at bridges and roadways, and $2 billion at housing. I’m thinking that perhaps the homeless are now going to have new bridges under which they can sleep.’
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