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University of Toronto Scarborough
Joe Hermer

Introduction to Disorderly People Notes  The safe streets act is a particularly aggressive example of anti homeless and panhandling legislation that has become popular in the states and Canada  London Oshawa Ottawa Halifax Vancouver and Winnipeg have passed anti-begging and anti-loitering legislation in the form of municipal by laws  Anti-begging provisions discriminate against poor people and infringe freedom of expression  City Begging (NAPO) posed not to harm people and recognition of usage of the public space  Poor people being present visible and participating in public spaces and that freedom of expression and equality are fundamental rights  Initiated a legal challenge to the by law which maintains the Winnipeg case the by-law is an unjustified infringement of freedom of expression particularly that of poor people  The safe street act represents that a modern provincial government has enacted a provincial statute against begging conduct in public space o The two anti-begging sections of the act prohibit solicitating in an aggressive manner and solicitating a captive audience  No person shall  Solicit a person who is using waiting or departing from an automating teller machine; waiting to use a telephone (payphone), waiting at a taxi stand or public transit stop; a person in or on a public transit vehicle; a person in process of getting in or out of a vehicle or in the parking lot; on the roadway a person in or on a stop standing parked vehicle  Solicit means to request in person the immediate provision of money or another thing of value regardless of whether consideration is offered or provided in return using spoken written or printed work gesturing or other means  By their nature have to hang around (homeless) in public spaces to negotiate to survive and carry out subsistence activities  The combined nature of the prohibitions has the effect of covering many of the spaces homeless people occupy in the case of sidewalks and not beside streetscape objects such as the telephone booth etc. begging is left to the police  A captive audience works to construct the public as vulnerable victims held hostage through the public by the disorder anyone begging embodies  Repealed vagrancy laws disgraceful history of policing social status of people and in relation to vagrancy law policing on the grounds of suspicion is a recipe of discrimination  The person arrested on ‘suspicion’ are not the sons of bankers but other strata of society or minority groups who are not vocal to protect themselves and no prestige to prevent an easy laying on of hands to the police  Section of the highway traffic act was amended to a target squeegee workers by prohibiting the conduct of stopping attempting to stop or approaching a motor vehicle for the purposes of offering selling or providing any commodity or service  In the summer a coalition of lawyers and social service providers in downtown Toronto encouraged those charged under the safe street act to come forward and be part of the legislation  The circumstances of the defendant as part of the fact agreed to by the Crown are revealing ten of the defendants were homeless at the time of the offences and three of those charged were squeegee working because they needed food  Mr. B approached a vehicle that was stopped at a red light and received permission to clean the windshield in exchange for money but did not receive any when cleaning and needed this money for food (homeless).  But there is a more significant reason that squeegee kids are widely viewed at being the main target of the act and that has to do with how these young people whose apparent threat to middle class commuters lies as much in their often unconventional appearance as their conduct have become figure around which the views about both the efficacy and harms of the radical reforms of the common sense revolution have crystallized. Squeegee workers have captured the public imagination as symbols of justification across the political spectrum. Squeegee kids are considered either lazy and often dangerous locusts that take advantage of the public or street smart and victims of the common sense revolution. 
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