Cabinet at CTVNews.ca, with a report by Shannon Paterson from CTV Vancouver
Published Wednesday, 2 January 2019 09:16 EST
A charity in Vancouver is calling for the end of clothing donation bins, after a man was found dead, brought into one.
On December 30, a 34-year-old doctor was found out of duty in a clothing donation bin in West Vancouver. The man could not be revived, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The mission of the Gospel of the Union, working with Vancouver homeless population and those who suffer from a cigarette, asks to pull clothes donation containers until they win a safer alternative.
In 2018, two people died in Vancouver after being stuck in jackets for donation of clothing.
"If this was a toy or a product that was used by the general population and not the most vulnerable members of society, this would be revoked with the first injury or death," said Nicole Muci, spokeswoman for the Mission of the Union of the Gospel, for CTV Vancouver. "We think they need to get out of the streets because people continue to die and we need to protect our most vulnerable citizens."
In November, engineers at the University of British Columbia worked to create safer clothing garbage options as part of a school design contest. Students used 3D printers to produce a small prototype of their design and introduced the idea of a panel of judges.
The full version of the winning design should be tested sometime in 2019.