Praise for Shelter from the Storm
(resulting from the CBC broadcast, Oct. 31, 2001)
"This is an unsparingly pointed doc and unapologetic, as it should be. The most anger-producing element is the patronizing, uncaring, manipulative attitude of Toronto's city politicians. At one point, the Tent City supporters, the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, appear at a City Hall meeting and are told to 'shut up!' They don't, and you want to cheer them on." - John Doyle, Television Critic, The Globe and Mail
"Your show that features Michael Connolly's view of the homeless in tent city, moved me to tears. This national disaster moves me to tears on almost a daily basis. As a member of co-operative housing, I count my blessings everyday that my children have a decent home that I can afford." - HR, viewer
"I was taken back by your powerful & provoking film... I am a student in teacher's college, and would like to incorporate this in some lesson plans on poverty and the homeless" - ML, viewer
"I thought it was extremely well done and very blatantly displayed the current situation in Toronto, and the desperate need for affordable housing...congratulations on an excellent production." - AW, viewer
"An excellent documentary. This film shows that Canada's lack of affordable housing is a shame. Every time we tuck ourselves in to bed, snuggling in the warmth, we need to think of proactive ways to contribute to ending this national disgrace/disaster. Our governments should be ashamed." - BD, viewer
"The excellent production shown tonight on homelessness serves to highlight one of Canada's most desperate and humiliating problems. How can we, as a nation, simply ignore this problem and keep on electing governments that do not give a damn about large segments of the population that cannot key into one of the 'richest nations in the developed world.'"