Toronto Cops Attack Squeegeers - Again!

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Wed, 22 Jul 1998 06:28:56 -0700


 (In the media as well as on the streets...)
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 The Toronto Sun Wednesday, July 22, 1998

  Cops sweep 19 squeegees off streets

        By IAN TIMBERLAKE AND JONATHAN
             KINGSTONE, TORONTO SUN
    They carried needles, vomited, urinated in public and forced
  pedestrians onto the road.

  But squeegee kids who had plagued the corners of Spadina Ave.
  and Queen St. W. disappeared yesterday after police arrests
  aimed at cleaning up the corner.

  Det.-Const. Shawn Elliott and officers from 14 Division arrested
  19 squeegee kids, mostly from Montreal, and charged them with
  mischief and causing a disturbance.

  "It's unfortunate the way their lifestyles are, but you've got to
  consider the taxpaying business people...and the people who are
  trying to enjoy the area," said Elliott. He said merchants told him
  "they're losing business, customers are afraid to come in and out
  of the store. They're being accosted, harassed."

  Elliott said officers saw squeegee kids "lying across the
  sidewalks, making people go around them" and even into traffic.

  Kirsty Miller, night manager of Lettieri, said she regularly
  complained to police about squeegee kids, as many as 15 of
  them, who converged daily at her cafe on the southeast corner of
  Queen and Spadina.

  "It's just horrible. It's intolerable," Miller, 21, said. "This corner

  has deteriorated in the last year. It's messy. It's ugly."

  Elliott said officers found squeegee kids with needles during the
  arrests on Saturday and Monday nights. "A lot of them are
  admitted heroin addicts," he said.

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