OMBUDSMAN: TORONTO MUST TREAT PEOPLE IN HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS WITH DIGNITY, RESPECT

Jul 14, 2022

By Bob Komsic

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Toronto Ombudsman Kwame Addo, who’s conducting an investigation into the city’s clearing of encampments in Toronto last summer, has released an interim report with recommendations for the city.
Addo says the city should develop a detailed plan outlining how and when it will update its encampment response protocol, hold consultations with the public to inform that update and clearly outline the role and mandate of its encampment office.

He says the city should implement the recommendations immediately to improve the fairness of its response to encampments.

While the city’s already said it accepts the recommendations, Mayor John Tory says public parks are no place for encampments; reiterating that ”they’re not safe, they’re not legal, they’re not healthy.”

The city and police cleared four homeless encampments in three Toronto parks last summer, but clashed with residents and their supporters while doing so.

Last June, there were about 418 encampments across the city.
Currently there are approximately 121.
(The Canadian Press, with files from Zoomer Radio)
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