As people left their offices to hurry home Friday night one man was working his corner, panhandling to support himself and his dog, Suzy Q.
He told me that when he won a settlement for an injury the city took almost all of the money, over $65,000 leaving him just under $20,000.
He's not happy that those who come into Canada get more social assistance help than he has gotten. He said that he was born in Canada, is bi-lingual and yet is reduced to asking strangers for a few coins to make ends meet. It's his only source of income.
He has recently gotten shelter with a new program and is happy that he'll not spend this winter on the cold streets. He admitted that he had an addiction to alcohol and has served time behind bars.
He said that his main location is outside of the unemployment centre and that his regulars have been kind to him, giving him and Suzy Q what they need to survive.