Safe space needed for homeless persons!

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Wed, 23 Jun 1999 02:33:30 -0400


Graeme F. Bacque
319 Dundas St. E. #408
Toronto, ON M5A 2A2
V: (416) 368-3366 F: (416) 368-5984
Internet: <gbacque@idirect.com>

June 23, 1999

Dear Mayor Lastman & Council members,

I think it goes without saying that we have a very serious situation on
our hands in terms of homelessness. I also think it suffices to say that
much more needs to be done about homelessness than merely _talking_
about it in the company of your privileged peers.

Affordable housing is nonexistent, shelters are overflowing every night
even during the warmer weather... and now people are finding it
impossible even to congregate safely in city-owned parks for fear of
being harassed and driven off by the cops, and (frequently) having their
belongings confiscated by City of Toronto employees. 

This situation as it is being applied to those individuals who have
literally no other options basically amounts to persecution. This is
inexcusable. People have the right to be able to rest or sleep in safety
regardless of whether or not they are currently housed. That people are
being denied this is a human rights violation of the worst kind.

Pending the establishment of more permanent shelter arrangements (or
preferably, construction of housing) it is imperative that the City
immediately call off the police and other public employees who are
harassing the homeless, and respect the right of homeless persons to
safely and peacefully congregate in parks or other public spaces for the
purpose of sleeping.

I thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this pressing issue.

Sincerely yours,

Graeme Bacque
Toronto, Ontario