Ottowa Open File – “Mike Henderson wakes up every morning at the Ottawa Mission. It’s “rough and tough”, he says. But Henderson needed a shelter that allowed him to stay inside during the day.
Most days, though, he does venture out. Stuffing a battered math textbook in his backpack, he’ll head west past Parliament Hill, in the direction of another, less glamorous local landmark—the Ottawa Public Library’s downtown branch.
A concrete monolith on Metcalfe street, the aging library has fluorescent lighting, rows of books and computers, and a cramped café. It’s one of the few spots in the downtown core where passersby can spend a few hours, free of charge, and so the couches are often lined with the homeless. Some nap, others read magazines—still others wait for a computer.”