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City Staff: City and Emergency Shelter

city staff: Mayor John Tory says continuing to house hundreds of refugee claimants beyond August would require closing multiple community centres and cancelling public programs a step the city is not prepared to take, according to Toronto Star. Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO What's needed is proper housing and proper supports, something the city cannot provide on its own, the letter states. In the letter, obtained by the Star on Monday, Tory states that Toronto welcomes all newcomers but we need the appropriate support and leadership of both Ontario and Canada, and that the city scrambling to find emergency shelter for each new wave of arrivals is not sustainable. Council will consider a report from city staff at a meeting that begins Tuesday. But those spaces are available only until the beginning of August. The pressing problem saw the city begin to house refugee claimants in college dormitories starting in May. ( As reported in the news.