Toronto to deter encampments by contracting private security guards to patrol some parks 24/7

The City of Toronto will have private security guards patrol a handful of parks 24/7 this summer to deter people from setting up encampments and to notify city staff whenever new tents go up.

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realestog99
realestog99
498 · 8 days ago · Reddit

So some Indian international students are going to stroll around night while WhatsApp calling their parents back home?

Hope they stay safe.

wiretransfer95
wiretransfer95
281 · 8 days ago · Reddit

If only Toronto already had some sort of service, whose job is to monitor public spaces.

PMmeYourNoodz
PMmeYourNoodz
90 · 8 days ago · Reddit

but Toronto already has public security guards we pay for called POLICE.

is this 💁‍♂️defunding the police? 🦋

alexefi
alexefi
52 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Hope they hire Garda so they can save some money cuz those guys pay shit to their guards.

Edit: but in all seriosness what do security guards who most of the time get paid $18-20/​h gonna do? Will theu confront potentially unstable person amd risk their safety?

cyclemonster
cyclemonster
46 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Well there's only fifteen hundred parks in Toronto, plus ravines, under bridges, and other non-park greenspace, so I'm sure that will take care of the problem once and for all.

Smart-ass83
Smart-ass83
31 · 8 days ago · Reddit

This is why the city fails everything. This won't work. I worked on encampment crews for the City and its a tonedeaf clusterfuck. Complete fucking idiots

The_Last_Ron1n
The_Last_Ron1n
24 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I'm sure this will come out of the already bloated Toronto Police budget right?
Right?

dkwangchuck
dkwangchuck
21 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I wonder what the City people think the homeless are going to do. Vanish into the ether? Take up jobs as security guards patrolling empty parks at 3 AM to make sure no one is sleeping there and find housing with their new salaries?

Just kidding. I don't wonder at all. It's quite clear that these people could not give a shit about the homeless - so they have given exactly zero thought as to where the homeless will go.

aledba
aledba
21 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Would be awesome to see less money being wasted on hiding our problems and more municipal/​provincial/​federal led affordable housing projects. It's not to say there are none, but there are clearly not enough. What is happening to people that they believe living in a park in a tent is required of them?

rofo2013
rofo2013
17 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Sets a terrible precedent where you have private companies policing public lands like a park.

_Luigino
_Luigino
16 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Open up mental institutions and drug addiction institution.

This is a waste of money and resources that does nothing to solve the problem and just makes it worse.

BeenThereDundas
BeenThereDundas
15 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I have a feeling this is going to end badly for some poor security guard.

unionrep416
unionrep416
11 · 7 days ago · Reddit

As a city employee who works in parks, I had a homeless person spit in my face because I asked them politely to please not throw their empty cans in the grass. Where I was currently cutting the grass.

Fun.

I-Pinch-Logs
I-Pinch-Logs
7 · 8 days ago · Reddit

How about the city get serious about making housing affordable so we don’t need to hire rent-a-cops at a perpetual cost instead?

KingOfTheIntertron
KingOfTheIntertron
7 · 8 days ago · Reddit

FUCK THE ENCAMPMENTS WHAT ABOUT THE AIRBNBS ALL OVER THE FUCKING PLACE GODDAMNIT THIS FUCKING USELESS CITY

Ok_Motor5933
Ok_Motor5933
7 · 8 days ago · Reddit

So they're just looking to relocate them to anywhere else? How in the fuck does this solve anything?

Indominus_Draco
Indominus_Draco
6 · 8 days ago · Reddit

As a security guard I wouldn’t be kicking them out if they are being peaceful, most these people didn’t choose homelessness and they don’t deserve to be treated like crap because they can’t afford the exorbitant rent that is being charged.

offft2222
offft2222
5 · 8 days ago · Reddit

And yet the Freedumb convoy gets pretty please letters and routes for travel