Toronto ombudsman probing city’s clearing of homeless from parks

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Toronto’s ombudsman is launching an investigation into the controversial clearing of homeless encampments from city parks earlier this year.

Ombudsman Kwame Addo announced the move on Tuesday.

“We have received complaints that raised concerns about the City’s approach to the encampment evictions,” Addo said in a press release.

Concerns over transparency were also brought up, ranging from contradictory messaging from corporate communications to the arrest of journalists covering the story.

Two operations by city workers, security personnel and police to enforce eviction notices to people living in city parks over the summer — Trinity-Bellwods Park on June 22, Alexandria Park on July 20 and Lamport Stadium Park on July 22 — sparked concern and outrage among activists and even some members of council.


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