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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chesnay, Bellot & Sylvestre on Penalizing Homelessness

Catherine T. Chesnay Céline Bellot and Marie-Eve Sylvestre (Institut de recherche sur la santé des populations , University of Montreal and University of Ottawa - Civil Law Section) have published Taming Disorderly People One Ticket at a Time: The Penalization of Homelessness in Ontario and British Columbia ((2013) 55 (2) Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 161-185) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

In the last two decades, provincial and local governments in Canada took a new series of measures to regulate urban disorder and control how public spaces were used by homeless people. Ontario became the first province to adopt new legislation with the passage of the Safe Streets Act, 1999. British Columbia soon followed the same path and enacted its own Safe Streets Act in 2004. This article focuses on the enforcement of the Safe Streets Act in Ontario and BC. Using quantitative data on tickets delivered to homeless people, it examines the extent of the penalization of homeless populations and establishes trends in the application of these statutes in both provinces. It concludes that the application reflects tensions around the visibility of homeless people in public spaces, particularly relating to squeegeeing, in both Ontario and British Columbia.

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