Ontario court rules encampment can stay in precedent-setting decision
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Guest: Estair Van Wagner of Osgoode Hall Law School

A recent court ruling in Waterloo concluded the city could not evict people from an encampment if there was not adequate shelter space available in the system because it was a violation of their human rights. This could have ramifications over how other municipalities deal with unhoused people but, like with most legal decisions, it is complicated. Estair Van Wagner, a professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and advocate for the rights of the unhoused, takes us through the ruling and how it might change how the City of Toronto may deal with unhoused people.

This episode was produced by Alexis Green, Paulo Marques and Raju Mudhar.

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