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RSS FeedsFriends fund gravestone for homeless man who drowned in Don River
(The Star Golf)


16 november 2019 16:15:06

Friends fund gravestone for homeless man who drowned in Don River
(The Star Golf)

Childhood friends of Kevin Dickman, a homeless man who drowned in the Don River last month, are “saddened” by his death and raising money to ensure his unmarked grave gets a headstone. “A lot of us are in shock ... to hear of his death and the life that he led,” said Maureen Sim, who grew up with Dickman on Roberts Cres. in Brampton, but lost touch with him. She and other neighbours and classmates learned of his demise in a Star story last Saturday.“We are deeply saddened by the news,” added Sim, who is now a Grade 5 teacher at Russell D. Barber Public School in Brampton. “If only we had known how to help him over the years.”“Kevin and I went to high school together,” Eric Crossland wrote in an email. “We weren’t direct friends, but we had common friends. He was always pleasant and with a smile. A good kid.”Dickman, 62, is among scores of homeless people who have died in Toronto this year amid a deepening homelessness and affordable housing crisis in the city. Emergency shelters and respite centres have been full or near capacity since the summer. City staff announced plans last week to add almost 500 more permanent and temporary spots for the winter. But advocates for the homeless say at least 2,000 more shelter beds are desperately needed to prevent more deaths.At Queen’s Park on Friday, the NDP’s poverty and homelessness critic, Rima Berns-McGown, slammed Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government for cancelling an annual census of those living on the streets. “Ford wants to hide the facts because he knows they’re only getting worse as a result of his callous cuts,” she said in a statement.Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark told The Canadian Press earlier this month that the census has been put on hold while the government addresses data gaps.The names of eight people, including Dickman’s, were added Tuesday to the Toronto Homeless ...

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