Employees from the Metropolis of Toronto, accompanied by police, cleared an encampment of non permanent shelters within the downtown space on Sunday morning.
Town advised World Information it eliminated eight unoccupied tents from Clarence Sq. Park, simply north of the Rogers Centre, however left one tent and one non permanent housing construction in place.
There have been 4 individuals recognized to be dwelling within the non permanent encampment. Town mentioned one stays in place, two accepted referrals from metropolis to workers discover “inside house” and one “returned to housing.”
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,” town mentioned in a press release in early June.
The timeline allowed town to implement its eviction discover from June 7.
“Streets to Houses will proceed to supply referrals to inside house and helps,” a metropolis spokesperson mentioned of the remaining particular person dwelling within the park. “The June 4 trespass discover stays in impact.”
Final month, 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 stop a repeat of enormous encampments being established that town and plenty of different cities throughout North America noticed in the course of the pandemic,” officers mentioned in Might. “It’s unsafe, unlawful and unhealthy to camp in Metropolis parks.”
Toronto police confirmed officers had been current when metropolis workers 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 workers, would law enforcement officials perform enforcement,” a police spokesperson mentioned.
The operation ended round 12 p.m., town mentioned.
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