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Woman dies after being pinned in clothing donation box

A woman was found unconscious in a clothing donation bin at Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road on Jan. 8 2019. CITYNEWS

In the wake of his death, charities called for the bins to be removed.

Jeremy Hunka of Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said the numerous deaths, five of which took place in B.C., are unacceptable.

Chu adds the city does not allow the placement of donation bins on private property, other than at the Eco-Centre.

"If people try to climb in our staff will stop them".

'Shut them all down and get a designer and redesign these things'. "But on private property we don't know whether they are unattended".

So far, he says there has been no response indicating concern to the city's request.

In Richmond, organizations have been given until Wednesday to remove bins from public property.

A woman died after she was found partially stuck inside a clothing donation bin in Toronto, police said.


On Dec. 30th, a 34-year-old Vancouver man was found dead after becoming stuck in the opening of an Inclusion BC bin in West Vancouver.

Jeremy Hunka of the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said homeless people often turn to the bins for clothing or shelter without being aware of how unsafe they can be. "Too many of our guests who would otherwise have a shot at turning their lives around are dying a terrible death inside or hanging out of a bin".

On Monday, Diabetes Canada announced it will immediately begin retrofitting its 4,000 donation bins across the country to prevent such deaths.

At least seven Canadians have died after getting trapped in bins since 2015, leading some to nickname the boxes "death traps", the Canadian Press reported last week.