According to Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, instances of fires involving unhoused people have more than tripled since 2021. The fire department said they've recorded 38 outdoor fires involving homeless people this year, and they believe there are other incidents that weren't captured. "However, as the temperature drops, residents are once again relying on open fires as a heat source." He said he's been trying to switch people from summer tents to winter tents, and provide insulated tarps. In the past month, two people died in tent fires in Edmonton and three people died in tents in the Kingston, Ontario region.
Source: CBC News November 20, 2023 16:16 UTC