”I’m concerned for these people already with the fentanyl they use and with (carfentanil) I’m even more concerned about one of them dying … The concern is people might not know carfentanil is in the supply, ” said Miles, who is the co-founder of a volunteer-run group called Harm Reduction Community Response
At the same time, frontline workers who assist Toronto's most vulnerable say the rallying cry should be for a “Toronto for all" and have organized their own event, also on Saturday, “in support of our neighbours at the Roehampton and Broadway hotels.”
Sean MacNutt, a demonstrator in support of the shelters, said empathy is needed and the counter-protest was organized to try to educate local residents about the need for homeless shelters, about addiction and mental health issues and about the problem of poverty.
At the top of Miles’ list is a safe supply system: the government-mandated distribution of substances like opioids, which would help eliminate the issue of people stealing to fund the purchase of street drugs.
On the other side of the protest, organized under the banner “Toronto for All,” demonstrators held signs and chanted slogans calling for issues around homelessness to be brought to the forefront.
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