City, police begin evicting unhoused people at Lamport Stadium
City officials began to forcibly evict people living in an encampment at Lamport Stadium park in Liberty Village on Wednesday, one day after similar enforcement action led to the arrests of nine people at Alexandra Park.
This encampment has seen MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS. MULTIPLE. It is in no way, shape or form safer than what the city is offering. Time to go.
Ask anyone who lives nearby how safe they feel walking near that park. Or ask anyone in Liberty Village who had their bike stolen and where it ended up. Or ask anyone nearby where empty needles and pills have been found. Enough.
EDIT: Hijacking my own comment to ask for accurate and unbiased info on why some homeless individuals refuse the city-offered housing solutions. I might be under-educated on this matter so I would like to learn more.
Homelessness in Toronto is clearly an issue, but living in public parks is not the answer.
Of the 25 people who were evacuated from TBP. 14 took government accommodation, 9 refused (and probably moved to Alexandra Park) and 1 was offered permanent accommodation and refused it.
The campers who were living in TBP destroyed it. Needles were found everywhere and the soil had to be tested for all the drugs and shit that was everywhere. It no longer was a safe place for kids or the public.
The parks are for everyone, but you can't live or sleep there.
Those safer here together people don't have children to take to city parks
These people protesting … “safer here together” my god. So out of touch with reality. I bet they don’t even live in the area.
I saw a guy take shit in the middle of the sidewalk outside of the furniture store just north of Lamport and wipe his ass with newspapers which he proceeded to litter onto the street.
Thank God they finally did something about this.
I actually work with people who sleep in these parks, mostly in the east end. Every single person is offered (personally) a hotel room. Most of them who take the rooms WILL STILL CAMP OUT IN THE HALLWAYS.
This shouldn't be all on the city. Clearly some of the homeless simply need a hand up, but those whose problems run deeper, need more. And paid for by the province, not the city. The people who are advocating for continued park encampments - formalized and normalized and legalized shantytowns - are after all only taking that position as a way to coerce government action.
So why won't the province take action? Is it a case of, "Send your problems to Toronto, let the city people deal with them"? Because it looks like it.
Parks are supposed to be for everyone to enjoy. They are not campgrounds and people should not need need to worry about stepping in mounds of human shit and piss and or needles. 99 percent of the population of the city of Toronto manage to find a way to live under a roof and most even pay taxes.
They've been offered a place to live, they need to take it.
"Those living in the park will be offered indoor accommodation and access to social supports and a housing worker" What else should we be doing here? We're helping them the best we can and offering them services. Living in the cities parks are not the solution and cause issues and it looks like we're trying to help them out? At the end of the day, if you're offered solutions and you're not willing to take them, you can't be upset with the outcome of declining those offers. If they're holding out for free housing, there are a lot of working people as well as single parents who'd also like to be a part of that line up.
Parks are for all the citizens of Toronto. They are not camp sites.
I find it very ironic how all these “activists” only come and sit in circles with the homeless people when the police show up. Never see them on regular days (and i walk or drive by a couple times a week).
Also last week that park was FILTHY. Those encampments are just full of litter.
It should never have been allowed in the first place. This has gone on too long. I fully support the removal.
The people protesting these evictions don’t live in the area the encampments are located in.
Yeah unfortunately I'm on the side of they gotta go. I live directly in front of Lamport and I've spoken to the cashier at Shoppers who say they have about 3+ instances of theft a week now and some of the behaviour I've seen (shitting in the streets etc) is just vile.
I'm a good sized 20+ year old male and even I don't feel fully safe walking around the area past 10pm so can't imagine how it is for other members of the public.
There needs to be a better solution for these people, and I don't know what that is, but it can't go on as it is.
Just look to California to see what potential support for tent cities creates, not saying all laws are crafted equally but California went from cops throwing away homeless peoples stuff from parks, and dismantling tent cities, confiscating their stuff, to not being allowed to touch their stuff, then to not being allowed to fine them, to allowing tents within 10ft kf any business or residence, to what is now know as Skidrow.
The city places are much safer than where they are living now, the only catch is that they need to adhere to the curfew times which is 10pm if I'm not mistaken, and some other easy to adhere to rules, especially for everything they get in return. And no I don't think thats bad, because the city is offering the hotel rooms they leased/bought during the pandemic. These people get a comfy bed, some of these hotels even give them a basic breakfast, they get a place with bathroom to shower and clean themselves, a phone number so they can actually apply for jobs, and a lockable door. If they don't want all that just because they don't like being forced to be in the room by 10pm and a fee housekeeping rules, well too bad, it's not like theyve managed to figure shit out on their own, let the cops tear down the tent cities.
Yea I get it there is mental illness issues but they don't want to stay at our support centre's for mental illness, and we can't force them to be there. So that argument is out.
Tear down the tent cities, in 5yrs the city went from nice to literally a needle infested, garbage infested, shit show.
Checkout Streetpeopleoflosangeles on Instagram if you want to a glimpse into the future of Toronto if you let those, mostly white, well off “compassionate” moral bastions have their way. It’s about time the TPS did something useful with their budget.
I hope Toronto never becomes what LA has and that is let the situation off the reins.
Nice, the few times I've biked by that place it looked like a complete disaster zone. Now do moss park!!
This is why the U of T has covered its campus in barricades and fences - to prevent the homeless putting up tents there.
The City of Toronto says that the average rent for a bachelor apartment is $1211.
I guess protestors are not even from this area.
I am not either but I work there (now remote). We used to have lunches outside in the park, not anymore. Coworkers would walk their dogs and play in the park, not anymore.
Old McDonalds was a shithole with crackheads. And finding piles of needles or shit in the alleys was not normal.
Dealing with homeless people living in encampments can be fraught with moral danger.
BUT: Toronto (and some commenters on this sub) need to get past the illusion that homeless encampments are safe havens. They are not; they are venues for serious violent crime.
I won't go into the already well-worn safety hazards that these encampments pose to the general public.
The rise of crime in the are related to these encampments?..It does seem so.
Thought I'd come to Reddit after seeing the reactions on Twitter that were by and large adverse to these evictions.
Interesting to see that folks here are mostly in favour of them.
I truly do think most people that were tweeting against it don't even live close to these areas, and refuse to understand the anxiety and risk of living next to these encampments. They make a ruckus on Twitter in the comfort of their gentrified suburbs with nary a concern about these issues in their regular lives.
Simultaneously, some of the videos were ugly. Seeing police officers drag, push, and rough-up people was not nice to see.
Dunno how I feel about the whole thing. Larger systemic issue yes, but regular people shouldn't have to carry the burden of that in their day-to-day lives, feeling unsafe walking home late or trying to run a business.
Sorry for rambling.
Why does the city use private security in addition to police officers? By all accounts, Toronto is already way over-policed on a per capita basis, so why are they spending additional funds on private contractors who are likely bilking the city even worse than regular cops? Surely they have the manpower already.
I was punched by a homeless guy in the area when I was just walking down the street minding my own business. My GF was accosted for money and followed for a few streets. The feeling of safety is a very fragile and once it's lost it's hard to regain. This is a great step in making the community feel safer and become safer.
I'm embarrassed to live in a city where cops inflict this kind of brutality on the most vulnerable. @JohnTory must go
Good, you can't just lay around in city parks smoking fentanyl all day turning it into a trash pit. Should have happened a lot sooner.
Great news. Which location is next? And after that?
Homeless' illegitimate use of public space needs to end.
How come these stories never say city houses homeless from blah blah blah park?
They'll set up an encampment elsewhere if you don't actually come up with a solution that is causing these encampment to pop up.
Every protester (if they really care) should take home one homeless person and let them live in their safe and secure back yard. Or better yet open up their house to them. Parks are paid for by tax payers and they have every right for a safe park to enjoy.
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