After a devastating fire that left 1,200 people homeless last month, finally there was a little bit to be thankful for this weekend for residents of 200 Wellesley St. E.

Residents were treated to a Thanksgiving feast at a downtown hotel on Sunday.

“It’s a nice gesture, that’s for sure,” said Dennis Winter, after enjoying the meal at the Ramada Inn, hosted by Toronto Community Housing and the Social Housing Services Corp.


Although hundreds have been allowed to return to the St. Jamestown highrise, many others are still waiting. Winter said he won’t go back to the building, his home for about 10 years.

Temporarily housed in a student highrise near Dufferin and Bloor following the fire, he is finding life without his home frustrating. Friends from the building now are scattered all over the city, so it was good to see them at the dinner, Winter said, but “there’s a lot that didn’t show up because they’re just fed up.”

Toronto Community Housing board chairman David Mitchell thanked the 600 tenants attending the dinner for their patience and perseverance. He promised a “town hall meeting” to provide answers about the condition of the building.