Metropolis crews dismantle homeless encampment in Rosedale Valley

Chris Fox,

Revealed Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:10AM EST

Final Up to date Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:31AM EST

Metropolis staff dismantled a homeless encampment within the Rosedale Valley on Tuesday morning regardless of calls from some anti-poverty advocates to desert the plan.

Town notified these residing beneath the Sherbourne Avenue bridge of their intention to dismantle the encampment final month, offering them with 15-days’ discover to take away their belongings.

In line with metropolis spokesperson Brad Ross, road outreach staff then visited the encampment prematurely of its dismantling and had been in a position to get everybody there, apart from one one who refused assist, into metropolis shelters.

He mentioned that when crews arrived on the scene this morning, there was no one left within the encampment.

Homeless encampment

It needs to be famous that on Monday CP24 did converse with some folks residing within the encampment, who mentioned that they deliberate to depart prematurely of metropolis crews arriving however would return later.

“Town cleared out homeless encampments beneath the Gardiner final 12 months. What occurred? Nicely they’re again there. Individuals had been actually again there a couple of weeks after the encampments had been cleared and persons are doubtless going to be again right here as nicely,” Yogi Acharya, of the Ontario Coalition Towards Poverty, informed reporters on Tuesday. “That’s the actuality that town is dealing with when you have got the demand for shelter far exceeding provide. Individuals don’t have any choices and you need to return on the streets.”

Acharya mentioned that the dismantlement of the encampment and others prefer it quantities to a “ritual of humiliation and displacement” that solely exasperates the rising poverty disaster within the metropolis.

Mayor John Tory, nonetheless, has defended the transfer. On Monday he informed reporters that it comes all the way down to a security difficulty.

“The underside line is we are able to’t have folks residing in encampments. It isn’t protected and it’s not applicable to have folks residing in encampments, so we exit about dismantling these in a really orderly trend,” he mentioned. “The choices are made by skilled public servants, there may be lot of discover given and I can inform you proper now that there’s house particularly put aside in shelters satisfactory to deal with all of the people who can be dislocated by the dismantling of the encampment.”