TORONTO, March 3, 2015 /CNW/ - The results of a recent poll suggest
Ontarians broadly reject the use of the "Safe Streets Act" and policing
as an effective way of dealing with homelessness.
Instead, Ontarians argue for better access to affordable housing,
employment, mental health and addictions supports and an investment in
prevention so that people don't become homeless in the first place.
It's clear that the use of policing and ticketing is the least
preferred option for addressing homelessness.
The Ontario Safe Streets Act is a provincial law that came into effect
in 2000 in response to the growing number of visibly homeless
individuals in cities across the province during the 1990s. After 15
years, it's time to review and repeal this Act.
The Coalition for the Repeal of Ontario's Safe Streets Act has argued
that the Act is unnecessary and unjust. The Coalition is made up of 10
member organizations and many individual Ontarians, including former
Ontario Attorney General, Michael Bryant.
For more information about the poll, the Safe Streets Act and the
SOURCE Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
For further information:
Oxana Roudenko, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, 647-909-7567; ORoudenko@edu.yorku.ca