A front-line worker became homeless just before the pandemic hit. He’s still living in his van

A front-line worker became homeless just before the pandemic hit. He’s still living in his van
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TORONTO —
As a full-time pharmacy technician in a busy Toronto hospital, Tim MacFarlane has been on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

But since February of last year, he’s also been living in his minivan after he became one of the roughly 235,000 Canadians who experience homelessness every year.

“I feel like almost like royalty in a way,” said MacFarlane. “The thing I feel most bad about, when I see someone sleeping on a sewer grate, I look at my myself and I’m like, ‘I’m lucky,’ I’m extremely lucky to have a car.”

​MacFarlane detailed his experiences being homeless in a Toronto Life essay that was published in the magazine’s latest issue. He moved to Toronto from upstate New York in 2007, married his wife two years after, bought a…



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