Shawn Micallef: Toronto carpenter’s ‘tiny shelters’ for the homeless were a missed opportunity for the city


Khaleel Seivwright saw a problem and acted quickly. For that, he’s a hero.

Seivwright is the Toronto carpenter who started building “tiny shelters” in the fall as the cold was setting in and hundreds were living outdoors. The city sent him a letter asking him to stop in November and on Feb. 12, issued a legal injunction.

The crux here is safety. City and fire officials say the shelters are a burn risk. A recent fire in a Corktown encampment resulted in one death, though not yet connected to a tiny shelter.