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Report COVID violations in Toronto homeless shelters, group urges

TORONTO — A coalition of activist groups wants to hear if Toronto is failing to do what it should for homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To that end, they have set up a website that allows anonymous reports.

The city last month agreed to implement physical-distancing standards and other measures in its shelters.

The commitment followed a lawsuit on behalf of the homeless.

A lawyer for the coalition says the agreement is legally binding.

The coalition says 36 Toronto shelters have had COVID outbreaks, more than 528 homeless people have been infected, and four have died.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 9, 2020.

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