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The Tent City is a No-Camping Zone

The Tent City is a No-Camping Zone

Council was told security hired to prevent encampments wouldn’t make arrests. One councillor is questioning why city documents say otherwise.

A few days later, Toronto Police say “there have been no arrests in relation to public camping.”

Two weeks later, the city’s planning department told councillors it still had no idea what happened to the tent city.

Two weeks after that, Toronto’s municipal police force sent a terse letter saying no one had yet been arrested in connection with a tent camp in the bylaw area behind the Main Street and Yonge Street intersection east of Gerrard Street. The letters warned the city council that “if you have any concerns regarding an ongoing situation, we ask you to contact our Community Safety and Enforcement Unit (CSEU), which you can do here by calling 311 — no matter which service centre you contact.”

Four months later, the tent camp continues to exist on City of Toronto land.

If there was a plan to move the people out of the tent camp and back behind the library or the fire hall, council staff say they cannot find it.

If there was a plan to move the people out of the tent camp and back behind the library or the fire hall, council staff say they cannot find it.

If there was a plan to move the people out of the tent camp and back behind the library or the fire hall, council staff say they cannot find it.

Toronto is facing a homeless count the mayor says is “not acceptable” and the homeless campers “will be moved,” but they are getting nowhere.

In the meantime, the tent city remains, a small, makeshift encampment on a section of city land that’s been designated as a no-camping zone.

There’s no running water, no garbage service, and no solid waste pickup, but at least police say they have no reason to believe the people have gone anywhere. There are no police cameras in the area.

“The tent city is right here,” says councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. “It

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