Protestors clash over Midtown Toronto homeless housing project

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Police say more area residents have been calling them since the facilities opened, but said there’s no evidence at this point connecting the reported crimes with those living in the buildings

The counter-protesters argue the residents’ disdain is misdirected at the homeless population, and they should instead focus on bolstering mental health supports and understanding their new neighboursf.

“The analogy I like to use is the city basically pulled a pin on a grenade and just dropped it on the corner of Mount Pleasant and Eglinton, and we’ve had to deal with the fallout,” McLean said. One of the counter-protesters, Gurpreet Chahal, said she joined the Facebook group that organized the protest and saw numerous instances of members sharing photos and videos of homeless people in the area or simply people who were assumed to be homeless.

She also acknowledged that some people may have legitimate grievances, but says the way the protest group has gone about the issue is not constructive.Another one of the organizers, Jeffrey Miles, who is also a harm reduction worker, said the residents have a right to be concerned about community safety, but he argues the onus is on the government to address the systemic issues.

 

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Does anyone proofread your garbage reports? See screenshot attached. I guess I’ve been spelling Neighbours wrong my whole life. 😅😂🤣

Or protesters.

Drug addiction is mostly a pub-health problem, not a criminal problem. Homelesness is mostly a mental health-care problem, not a lack of buildings. Failing to deal with these leads to crime and suffering for everyone. Other countries are managing this humanely, but not us.

Stop just dumping people wherever it’s convenient in order to appease so called “advocates” that don’t really give a damn about getting people off the street to begin with because they are just exploiting them for their own agenda

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