It was a cold and stormy night. I’m sure most Torontonians concerned themselves with what could be a treacherous ride home from work or shopping. Meanwhile a group of brave souls had a different idea. They gathered en masse, weather aside, to make some noise and rally for those who sadly had to contemplate the night ahead and staying alive. OCAP held a rally and march for homeless shelters in an effort to have the city council and mayor do the right thing. Letting people fend for themselves on this bitterly cold night surely can’t be acceptable in any form. The current regime of austerity in council meetings surely must know that the desperation amongst the poorest in our city is growing at alarming rates. Every time one of these critical programs gets cut, that many more people will have to go without and on a night like this a warm place to sleep and a meal shouldn’t be it. The march started at City Hall and cut through the heart of the capitalist mecca, Yonge & Dundas, to an old building at the corner of Dundas & Victoria thats sits empty. A place that could easily enough be opened and used to provide some warmth and shelter. Every citizen of this incredible city, that drips wealth and continues to grow in all market conditions could, with the will of those in power, at least be assured of a safe and warm place to sleep. Thanks to OCAP and everyone that took the time and fought the elements. Hopefully your voices have been heard. I headed for the streetcar, numb in certain parts of my body but warmed in spirit only to remember, you don’t have to look far to see why it matters. Special thanks to the lovely volunteers for an awesome bowl of chili.