News - Panhandling

May 1, 2014
The street vending bylaw, currently being constitutionally challenged by Pivot Legal Society, penalizes a survival strategy for low-income people who struggle to make ends meet. More than 95% of all...
Keywords: Government Policy, Panhandling, British Columbia
July 22, 2010
Stephen Gaetz talks about the Alberta government's new plan to discourage people from giving money to panhandlers and give to agencies instead. He argues that "this kind of thinking represents policy...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Mental Health, Panhandling, Poorbashing, Welfare, All of Canada
August 18, 2009
It is never a good time to be poor but the criminalization of poverty seems to be intensifying locally and internationally. In Vancouver this week, a homeless man died in a park in East Vancouver in...
Keywords: criminalization, Homelessness, Panhandling, British Columbia, International
May 22, 2008
According to the Wellesley Institute blog, the Toronto City Council's Executive Committee has adopted a panhandling strategy that ensures panhandlers have access to housing, supports and income. This...
Keywords: Panhandling, British Columbia, Ontario
February 18, 2007
The Toronto city council is proposing a bylaw to outlaw panhandling in tourist areas but according to a short legal outline by the Wellesley Institute, Are the poor allowed to ask for help? an anti-...
Keywords: Panhandling, Ontario
January 6, 2007
Vancouver mayor, Sam Sullivan, has launched the Project Civil City (Link removed - No longer exists) to address "public disorder." According to the mayor the goals of the project are to eliminate...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Panhandling, Poorbashing, British Columbia
December 7, 2005
The Safe Streets Act affects many people, including panhandlers, squeegee kids, street vendors and charity fundraisers. Abrochure published by the Legal Services Society, BC Public Interest Advocacy...
Keywords: Panhandling, British Columbia
September 5, 2005
Halifax agencies are organizing to protest the act because it targets low income individuals. "The Provincial legislation with the stated purpose of promoting safety on the streets by controlling...
Keywords: Organizing, Panhandling, Nova Scotia
June 30, 2005
Anti-poverty groups are fighting against the Halifax city council's proposed law to fine and arrest aggressive panhandlers. They argue that this law will criminalize the poor instead of help make...
Keywords: Panhandling, Nova Scotia
May 18, 2002
Federated Anti-Poverty Groups of BC, End Legislated Poverty, and the National Anti-Poverty Organization v. Vancouver (City of). The BC Supreme Court rejected the groups' challenge of the City of...
Keywords: Panhandling, British Columbia
October 6, 2001
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and other groups are supporting a group of panhandlers in Toronto who have been charged with violating the new Safe Streets Act. The panhandlers are...
Keywords: Panhandling, Ontario
March 30, 2001
On March 6, 2001 the City of Vancouver repealed By-law 7885 - A By-law to Regulate and Control Panhandling. It then amended the Street and Traffic By-law to prohibit "Obstructive Solicitation." This...
Keywords: Panhandling, British Columbia
October 20, 2000
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and other groups are supporting a group of panhandlers in Toronto who have been charged with violating the new Safe Streets Act. The panhandlers are...
Keywords: Organizing, Panhandling, Ontario
October 20, 2000
In a move which recognized that discrimination against poor people will no longer be tolerated, Winnipeg City Council passed a new by-law today on "obstructive solicitation" which made no reference...
Keywords: Panhandling, Manitoba
October 20, 2000
For immediate release September 20, 2000 In a move which recognized that discrimination against poor people will no longer be tolerated, Winnipeg City Council passed a new by-law today on “...
Keywords: Panhandling, Manitoba
October 5, 2000
In a move which recognized that discrimination against poor people will no longer be tolerated, Winnipeg City Council passed a new by-law today on "obstructive solicitation" which made no reference...
Keywords: Panhandling, Manitoba
March 8, 2000
The National Anti-Poverty Organization's paper Short Changed on Human Rights: A NAPO Position Paper on Anti-panhandling Laws (in PDF) (Link removed - No longer exists) includes up-to-date information...
Keywords: Panhandling, All of Canada
December 30, 1999
A challenge to the City of Vancouver by-law controlling panhandling was commenced in 1998 by the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC). PIAC wanted to bring the action in the name of someone who...
Keywords: Panhandling, British Columbia
December 30, 1999
-- from In The Public Interest, BC PIAC's newsletter, June, 1999 On April 30, 1998, the Council of the City of Vancouver unanimously passed By-law No. 7885: A Bylaw to Regulate and Control...
Keywords: Panhandling, British Columbia