Fair Change Files Evidence in Support of Constitutional Challenge to the Safe Streets Act

June 4th, 2018


Last week Fair Change Community Legal Clinic served the Attorney General an Application Record in support of our challenge to the constitutionality of the Safe Streets Act (SSA). The Record is over 600 pages and contains affidavits from Gerry Williams and other street-involved individuals, professors of psychology and social services, as well as from our own Executive Director Joanna Nefs.

Together, the affidavits support the claims that the SSA violates the Charter rights and freedoms of panhandlers, including their freedom of expression (s.2(b)); their right to life, liberty and security of the person (s. 7); their right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty (s. 11(d)), their right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment (s. 12); and their right to be free from discrimination (s. 15).

Fair Change’s Constitutional Challenge has received widespread support, including from the Toronto Star Editorial Board. Read it here.

Read more about the Challenge in the news here or watch Fair Change’s Chris Hummel on CityNews.