Woman dies after being found inside Toronto clothing donation bin

A woman found trapped in a donation box in Bloorcourt Village this morning has died police confirm

A woman found trapped in a donation box in Bloorcourt Village this morning has died police confirm

A number of organizations have donation bins set up at the Eco-Centre on Still Creek Drive - which are behind fences and staffed - and there will now be extra monitoring.

Canadian Press reported at the time that at least seven people had died in such bins in Canada since 2015.

A professor at the University of British Columbia has also tasked fourth-year engineering students with redesigning the clothing bins, which some advocates for the homeless describe as "death traps".

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It has been suggested that the design of the bins is responsible for the people becoming trapped inside.

"We are continuing to allow those bins because that site is fully staffed and after hours they are locked up and secure", he said, adding that the city bins are the "mailbox" style and considered a bit safer. "And if there are safety concerns, they will be glad to comply with the requirement".

Last week, the body of a 34-year-old man was discovered inside a donation bin in West Vancouver.

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In New Westminster, staff say no one has made a request to the city to look into the issue of donation bins.

On Tuesday, a Toronto woman died after getting stuck inside a bin, while a 34-year-old Vancouver man died December 30, just before the new year, after becoming trapped in a Community Living Society bin in Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.

Five of eight deaths took place in B.C.


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