Life on Toronto streets during coronavirus: One homeless man's story

Meet Bob Clark, who last resided in Louisville, Kentucky. Bob, a former high school physics teacher, has fallen on hard times.

About a year and a half ago, he came to Toronto to undergo a medical procedure. He had $30,000 in his pocket, but is now both penniless and homeless (it’s a long, complicated story.)

Recently, Bob moved out of the Good Sheppard homeless shelter in downtown Toronto on his own accord because he said he didn’t want to be a burden on the Canadian healthcare system. He now sleeps outdoors at Yonge-Dundas Square. He says he likes this area because it is well-illuminated and there’s a constant police presence.

We wish Bob well and we hope he bounces back. But it is perversely ironic that if Bob simply pretended to be a refugee and waltzed into Canada at an “irregular” border crossing, the Justin Trudeau Liberals would likely have welcomed him with open arms.

Bob would’ve received free healthcare, free dental work, free accommodation at the Radisson hotel and free bell hop service via the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stationed at Roxham Road. But if Bob is indeed being truthful regarding his recent history, then what have we learned? Two things, I would suggest: 1. Honesty does not pay; 2. No good deed shall go unpunished.