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Toronto mayor Rob Ford casts lone vote against LGBT homeless shelter proposal

Saturday, July 12, 2014
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TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford was the lone member of the Toronto city council to vote against a proposal to examine the need for additional shelter for homeless LGBT youth in Toronto.

Rob Ford

Rob Ford

The measure passed by Thursday by a vote of 37-1, reports the CBC.

The vote means that the council has requested a report on the feasibility of allocating 25 percent of shelter beds to LGBT youth in an existing shelter for the coming winter.

Council member Kristyn Wong-Tam said that since there is no financial impact of the vote, there would be no reason Ford to vote against it.

“It tells me he doesn’t care,” she said. “He’s demonstrated he doesn’t care.”

Wong-Tam said she has tried on many occasions to try to persuade Ford to interact more with the LGBT community, but that Ford repeatedly says that he’s too busy.

The vote comes one day after Ford remained seated during a standing ovation from city council members for Toronto’s hosting of WorldPride.

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