Ontario anti-poverty advocates are seething over Toronto’s plan to spend some $3.8 million dollars lighting up a city bridge for the Pan Am Games when that money could easily be spent tackling the issue of homelessness.
A long-anticipated project to illuminate the Bloor Street Viaduct is set to be completed before the city hosts the Pan American Games in July. But instead of making a bridge pretty, many are asking why the money isn’t going to funding more shelter services, instead.
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) publicly released a letter to Toronto City Council on Wednesday, admonishing them for spending millions to beautify the Toronto landmark instead of providing more financial assistance to the city’s homeless population.
"We call on you to kill the lights on the Bloor Viaduct," OCAP writes in its statement. “Instead, we demand you use the $3.8 million to open up TCHC units that are now standing empty because lack of repair has made them uninhabitable while tens ofRead More »from Anti-poverty group takes aim at $3.8M cost of Toronto's 'tacky' Pan Am bridge plan