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On and Off the Street: Is Homelessness A Social Problem?

History of Downtown Toronto Downtown Toronto, 1930 (courtesy of BlogTO) The issue of homelessness is an extremely sensitive and controversial topic; however, it is significant to note that this ongoing issue should be publically recognized and accepted as a social … Continue reading

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From Skid Row to Homelessness

Our class met with Bill Bosworth, now a Research Coordinator on housing issues, but in the early 1970s working with homeless men at shelters in Toronto. As a result of Mr. Bosworth’s involvement with this group of individuals, he noticed … Continue reading

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The Yonge Street Mission

 With the emergence of the Yonge Street Mission in 1896, it has been reaching out to meet the needs of people living in poverty in Toronto. 1897- 1904: The Mission is relocated to rented premises at Yonge and Shuter Streets. … Continue reading

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The Safe Streets Act (Ontario, 1999)

The Safe Streets Act (SSA) 1999 is a law in the province of Ontario, Canada. The SSA prohibits aggressive solicitation of persons in certain public places and the disposal of dangerous things in certain public places. The act was created … Continue reading

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Case 1: Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square at New City Hall According to the survey conducted by the Yonge-Street Mission, youth who used downtown services felt there were changes happening on Yonge Street. They felt as though Yonge Street had become ‘cleaner’ and more … Continue reading

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Case 3: Beaten to Death

Army reservists charged in homeless man’s beating death On August 31, 2005, three members of the Canadian Armed Forces reserves were charged in the beating death of a homeless man, Paul Croutch, in a downtown park near Sherbourne and Shuter … Continue reading

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Case 2: Police Brutality at the G20

Police Brutality at The G20 According to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, between June 25 and 27 2010, downtown Toronto hosted the G20 summit, the largest political meeting in Canada’s history. As thousands of international dignitaries gathered in the heart … Continue reading

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