City to dismantle homeless encampment at Trinity Bellwoods Park

Toronto police and security personnel are on scene as City of Toronto crews dismantle the homeless encampment at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Tuesday.

Police and city crews have gathered at the Trinity Community Recreation Centre on Crawford Street on the west side of the park.

Toronto police on scene as the City gets set to dismantle the homeless encampment at Trinity Bellwoods Park on June 22, 2021. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy

Last month, a violent confrontation ensued as the City dismantled a homeless encampment at Lamport Stadium near King Street West and Dufferin Street. Three police officers suffered minor injuries, and one man was charged with assaulting an officer.

Encampments have popped up throughout the pandemic as more shelter-users take to the streets instead.

The City has been trying to move as many people as it can out of congregate living situations, like shelters, and into hotel rooms and apartments. However, advocates say more needs to be done.

Advocates have criticized the City’s actions on the homeless front, accusing it of moving too slowly and leaving those inside shelters vulnerable to COVID-19.

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