Ford brothers slam anti-poverty advocates
The Brothers Ford blasted the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty on Sunday's edition of NEWSTALK 1010's The City.
Mayor Rob Ford calls OCAP's claims of a crisis at Toronto homeless shelters 'a bunch of hogwash.'
The activists, who the mayor called 'professional protesters,' have been demanding immediate action to make more shelter space available.
Referring to a soon-to-be-released city staff report, Mayor Ford insists that there are an average of 100 free shelter beds available each night.
"At 4:00am, on the coldest night of the year, there were still empty beds in the system," he says.
Last month, the group staged a similar demonstration at the City Hall rotunda and disrupted a council meeting after councillors decided to delay a debate on the status of homeless shelters.
Councillor Doug Ford slammed OCAP founder John Clarke for a sit-in protest at Metro Hall earlier this week.
Doug insinuated that Clarke is out-of-touch with the problems faced by Toronto's homeless community.
"Why doesn't John Clarke come down and visit some [Toronto Community Housing] units and people that need shelter?"
(with files from Justine Lewkowicz and Siobhan Morris)