Comment 18040

By statius (registered) | Posted February 06, 2008 at 00:20:24

As for targetting aggressive panhandlers, while the legislation does exist (Ontario Safe Streets Act SO 1999), it has proven virtually unenforceable. Police often issue tickets to the alleged aggressive panhandlers, but judges, understandably, usually throw them out (the panhandlers not having any assets per se). The province (and by extension, municipalities) do not have the power to implement criminal sanctions and its unlikely that the Feds will ever bother this sort of thing in the CCC so this will probably continue to be a problem ...

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