OCAP, Rally & March for Homeless Shelters, Toronto December 15 2016

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.1-dsc_03081-dsc_0314 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. 1-dsc_03181-dsc_0335OCAP 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.1-dsc_03371-dsc_03571-dsc_0360 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. 1-dsc_03691-dsc_0374The 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. 1-dsc_04001-dsc_03861-dsc_0414Every 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. 1-dsc_0420


1 thought on “OCAP, Rally & March for Homeless Shelters, Toronto December 15 2016

  1. Nice rally and march I personally did not know that it was ending at Toronto Public Health’s head office. Am concerned for the well being of all, treatment for sever hypothermia rescue breathing and warm the body. “Stop the war on [yourselves] the poor shelter and housing now” Talked to staff at Public Health for a minute, friendly chat all smiles. In the past it’s been “Call the cops Gary’s here’ Those in power need some wisdom they are making us all sick.

    Read the four moderated comments about Public Health Ontario teaching assault and murder to anyone in respiratory emergency.

    234 Doctors, other health care professionals and myself signed a letter to Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins about Ontario’s life threatening intervention.
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/letter-kathleen-wynne-dr-eric-hoskins-gary-thompson Majority of harm is happening to non OD’s. These people need counselling.

    My letter Emergency Medicine News Dec. 2015 ‘Flaws in Toronto’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program’ Hyperlinks to Public Health Ontario’s training literature

    Read my moderated comments about Ontario Public Health districts teaching chest compression’s only
    ‘Medscape’ ‘Naloxone for the Reversal of Opioid Adverse Effects’ http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/441915_4
    Quote “All patients considered to have opioid intoxication should have a stable airway and adequate ventilation established before the administration of naloxone.”

    Marcia L. Buck ‘Naloxone for the Reversal of Opioid Adverse Effects’ Pediatric Pharmacotherapy. 2002;8(8)1-5
    Read bottom page one, children kept alive five days respiratory assist. Doctors pumping massive doses Naloxone into children with no affect? Both toddlers probably would have woken up and started breathing on their own in the same time period without all the Naloxone.

    More info @GaryCPR


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