It was supposed to be a safe, affordable home for Ontarians with nowhere else to go. But inside, it was horrifying.
Every day, children were being starved to death in a makeshift tent city — a camp where they got no food but were forced to sleep on cold metal bleachers — which was home to dozens of children, who were being neglected, abused, and raped.
Instead of receiving food, the children in tents — many of them from poor immigrant families — were taken to the streets and were sold.
“(I) would wake up and find I had no food to cook. And my daughter did it to me. She’d wake up and I’d have no food,” a parent told The Post-Standard. “It was only when I did my research that I realized the government was behind this…I was devastated.”
In the aftermath, parents with small children were taken out of their homes to live in tents, some for months at a time.
They were given fake identification cards in order to gain access to government subsidized rental housing. And when they returned with their children, they were forced to leave them behind.
A tent city of immigrants in the U.S.
“We are calling for a national reckoning,” the organizers of New Families for New Beginnings said of the event in a press release. “We cannot stand by and watch as our neighbours are forced to sleep on the streets and endure hunger, violence, and abuse.“
They called it a “a national reckoning for the housing crisis that disproportionately affects Canada’s low-income families.”
By 10 p.m., the tent city was full.
“This is a national housing crisis,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said. “You can’t tell a parent who has to pay $4