Workers from the Metropolis of Toronto, accompanied by police, cleared an encampment of short-term shelters within the downtown space on Sunday morning.
The town advised International Information it eliminated eight unoccupied tents from Clarence Sq. Park, simply north of the Rogers Centre, however left one tent and one short-term housing construction in place.
There have been 4 individuals identified to be dwelling within the short-term encampment. The town mentioned one stays in place, two accepted referrals from metropolis to employees discover “inside area” and one “returned to housing.”
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A trespass discover was served to the 4 individuals dwelling in Clarence Sq. on June 4, offering 72 hours to go away the encampment.
“The Parks Bylaw prohibits encroaching upon or taking possession of a park by putting in a construction on park land; occupying a park for non-recreational makes use of; and tenting, tenting, or in any other case dwelling in parks,” the town mentioned in an announcement in early June.
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The timeline allowed the town to implement its eviction discover from June 7.
“Streets to Properties will proceed to supply referrals to inside area and helps,” a metropolis spokesperson mentioned of the remaining particular person dwelling within the park. “The June 4 trespass discover stays in impact.”
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Final month, the town put out a procurement request for personal safety guards to patrol main parks together with Trinity Bellwoods Park, Lamport Stadium Park and Dufferin Grove.
“The Metropolis additionally needs to forestall a repeat of huge encampments being established that the town and lots of different cities throughout North America noticed through the pandemic,” officers mentioned in Could. “It’s unsafe, unlawful and unhealthy to camp in Metropolis parks.”
Toronto police confirmed officers had been current when metropolis employees arrived at Clarence Sq. Park on Sunday morning however didn’t participate within the operation.
“Solely as a final resort, and in partnership with Metropolis employees, would law enforcement officials perform enforcement,” a police spokesperson mentioned.
The operation ended round 12 p.m., the town mentioned.
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