High Armoury Prices

Mike Steindel (CLaw7MAn@webtv.net)
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 19:45:06 -0800 (PST)

The story below details how the Canadian Govt. is closing a homeless
shelter in Toronto during the dead of winter. It also notes that the
price to keep open 150 beds is 6,000 dollars a nite which works out to
40 bucks a bed. Give me a break I found a Days Inn that serves
continental breakfast and has cable tv in the rooms for a starting price
of 37.00 dollars and you could sleep a family of 4 in the room at that
price which means the cost per bed is under 10.00 dollars.Talk about an
inept waste of funds and poor service toward the homeless and the
taxpayers. Here is the hotel info just in case you think I am making it
up.  It came from the Yahoo.com travel service. If you booked the whole
hotel the price would be even lower.  

Inn TORONTO MISSISSAUGA Mississuga 61 Rooms
The Days Inn Toronto-Mississauga offers you comfortable lodging in a
convenient location at very reasonable prices.

Feds boot homeless from

OTTAWA -- Toronto's homeless no longer need the Fort York Armoury for
shelter so the federal government is taking it back, Defence Minister
Art Eggleton announced yesterday. 

Eggleton was raked over the coals by NDP Leader Alexa McDonough for
throwing "desperate families, literally, out in the cold. 

"It is simply not true that those beds are no longer needed. There are
not enough beds in Toronto today," McDonough told the Commons. 

She accused Prime Minister Jean Chretien of being consumed with the
constitution at the expense of child poverty and homelessness. 

"Will the PM just pause for one moment, think of the homeless, reverse
this heartless decision?" she asked. 

Eggleton and Mayor Mel Lastman struck a six-month agreement in June to
turn part of the armoury into a 150-bed emergency shelter for about
$6,000 a night. That deal runs out today. 

Eggleton brushed off the attack, saying Toronto has alternate shelter
beds to get through the winter. He said the armoury will be used by the
military as a command centre for the Y2K rollover. 

Chretien also defended his government's record on the homeless, saying
it's always working on ways to end poverty. Last month, it doled out
$1.2 million to Toronto for low-cost housing. 

More than 4,000 people rely on Toronto's shelter system each night.