[Hpn] Park CAMPING Ban challenged at court in Toronto, Ontario, Canada fw

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Mon, 20 Nov 2000 19:43:42 -0800 (PST)

FWD From: "Ruth E. Perkins" <Ruth_E._Perkins@CAMPUSLIFE.UTORONTO.CA> To: GSUCOUNCIL-L@LISTSERV.UTORONTO.CA HUMAN RIGHTS Please send far and wide When will the Intimidation of the Homeless and Anti-poverty Protesters Stop? Tickets for Lodging and Erecting Structure in Park to be challenged For Immediate Release Thursday 16, 2000 (Toronto)-On Thursday November 16, 2000 at 1:30 p.m. in the Old City Hall Court House (Room B), anti poverty activists Elan Ohayon, Oriel Varga and Alex Brown will be in court to challenge tickets which they believe violate the constitutional rights of the homeless and their advocates to both sleep in the park and protest the lack of a public housing strategy. The tickets were given to the activists on June 17, 2000 while they camped out at Allan Gardens Park in order to bring awareness to the ongoing crisis which the City's homeless face. The poverty advocates believe that the tickets given to them are part of a larger campaign of intimidation and harassment from members of Toronto Police Services. On April 8, 2000 the protestors received similar tickets only to have them revoked when they challenged the legality of the tickets in court. Recently, Elan Ohayon, one of the participants in this protest, was beaten by Toronto Police officers receiving, a large gash under his eye. The legal team of Rosenthal and Pieters acting on behalf of the protestors have launched a constitutional challenge to the former and current by-laws on the basis that they violate sections 2 (b), 2(d), 7, 8, 9, and 15(1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Municipal by-laws that are being challenged are as follows: -255-15 Camping and lodging unless authorized by permit, no person shall dwell, camp or lodge in any park. -255-16 Tents and structures unless authorized by permit, no person shall place, install or erect any temporary or permanent tent or structure in any park. "The plight of this city's homeless has reached a crisis point. Instead of building the necessary public housing, the City has chosen to drive the homeless out of the parks, ally-ways and out of public spaces. This legal challenge is our way of expressing our belief that housing is a right and until all levels of government commit to a comprehensive housing strategy the parks should be a space where the homeless can sleep and put up shelter if necessary. Until that time, homeless advocates will be protesting in solidarity with them. This is a constitutional right! The tickets were given to the activists on June 17, 2000 in retaliation for the June 15, protest organized by OCAP two days earlier. The crackdown on marginalized communities and anti-poverty activists must stop!" says Oriel Varga, homeless advocate and CUPE 1281 member. For More Information contact Oriel Varga 416-389-7757 (end of original message) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ You can view this message and the related discussion by following this link: http://www.deja.com/thread/%3c00Nov16.143806edt.453143-25831@jane.cs.toronto.edu %3e%231/1 EBD FORWARD *********************************************************** 9000+ articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people INFO & to join/leave list - Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***********************************************************