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Encampment Support Network Our friends at @shjnetwork have issued these key demands to @cityofto regarding their woefully inadequate plan for emergency winter and shelter support. Please follow @shjnetwork to learn more about their Winter Plan and for ongoing updates on their efforts.

Tue Jan 11 2022

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Encampment Support Network Following a long communication hiatus, we want to share this long-awaited update: the Encampment Support Network is dissolving and our Patreon is closing on February 1, 2022. Although we will not continue on as a network, the work is not over! Please read this months newsletter (link in our linktree) for an update from our various committees detailing what theyve been up to, what they plan for the future, and how you can continue to keep up with and support these efforts post-dissolution (and if you havent already, you can follow @esn.parkdale @esn.scadding @esn.to.moss.park @tor_c_h ). Thank you for standing with your unhoused neighbours and helping people survive the past year and a half.

Thu Dec 23 2021

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Encampment Support Network From @esn.parkdale : hello! its getting really coldesp at nightand our neighbours sleeping outside are feeling it. THIS WEEKEND (Nov 13 + 14) @esn.parkdale is hosting a winter clothing drive. Were looking for donations of NEW and GENTLY USED (washed) winter coats, winter boots, blankets and big sweaters. ***Accepting donations from 10AM - 6PM this Saturday and Sunday!!*** DROP OFF LOCATION:1091 BATHURST ST(Between Detroit Pizza + La Parete Gallery)

Tue Nov 09 2021

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Encampment Support Network From @esn.parkdale :The City of Toronto is testing out a "human rights" approach to encampments, in the form of a pilot project in Dufferin Grove Park. The pilot project offers resource clinics to reduce barriers to housing and has connected some residents to actual permanent rent-geared-to-income housing. However, the metric to determine the project's success is based on the reduction of tents in the park, rather than the number of people housed. This means that tents belonging to people with other tents or indoor spaces elsewhere, or belonging to newcomers/returnees setting up in the park, are targeted for immediate clearance without the offer of housing. While these kinds of evictions don't draw news crews, any forced displacementwhether done by a couple of bylaw officers or 200 militarized policeis violent. *see @esn.parkdale s linktree (in their bio) for the FULL TEXT version of this post.* #NoEncampmentEvictions

Wed Oct 27 2021

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Encampment Support Network This summer we witnessed the City of Toronto escalate its violent campaign to evict encampment residents from parks. During these clearings, over fifty encampment residents and defenders were arrested and received tickets or criminal charges. On Thursday September 16th at 10 AM, speakers and supporters will gather outside of mayor John Torys condo (at Bloor & Bedford) to make their demands heard: stop encampment evictions, drop all the charges, and roll out permanent rent-geared-to-income housing for all. #StopEvictions #DropAllCharges #RollOutPermanentHousing

Tue Sep 14 2021

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Encampment Support Network ESN is looking for a new Donations SpaceDo you have one? Read on: We are looking for a new space to store and access the supplies that ESN volunteers distribute daily. This could be some floor space in a commercial/industrial unit, a garage, a spare room, or anything that meets most of the requirements below:- Accessible to volunteers each morning in order to load supplies into vehicles.Good vehicle access for loading and unloading heavy / bulky items-Independent access to the space by volunteers most days of the week, mostly (but not exclusively) at scheduled times-175+ square feet with room for shelves, stacks of boxes and other items-Ideally main floor or minimal stairs-Location: west end, ideally not too far from dundas and dufferin (but this is flexible) Please email:report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line: DONATIONS SPACE We want to say thank you to WHYNOT Theatre for generously donating their space for months and months.

Sat Aug 21 2021

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Encampment Support Network Shelters offer a place to stay overnight, but they are not a permanent home. Because of the lack of affordable housing, they have become a long-term reality for many. People in shelters are subject to the rules, which can exclude partners, pets, socializing, and a place to store belongings, and can often require surveillance, abstinence and curfews. Torontos shelters capacity are often at or near capacity; large tent-like structures called respites, and temporary shelter-hotels, have been added to expand capacity. Shelters cost more than supportive housing. People often cycle in and out of shelters for want of housing To learn more, check out our interactive map that draws on local examples to illustrate the complex and interconnected issues that comprise Torontos housing crisis and the movements working to change it. [Image Description: Slide 1: An illustrated map of Toronto shows two dozen axonometric drawings of different building types (e.g. single family homes, modular homes, condo buildings, a shelter, a respite, a hotel, city hall), each representing a different aspect of the housing crisis. The buildings are surrounded by Torontos main highways (DVP, 401 and Gardiner) as well as the Don River, Lake Ontario and Toronto Islands. The illustration is titled Mapping the Housing Crisis. An inset illustration titled Shelters, Respites & Hotels shows three buildings side by side: a 3-storey shelter, a blue tent/hangar-like structure that acts as an emergency respite center, and a multistory hotel complex Slide 3: The same illustrated map from Slide 1 is displayed as a watermark.]

Mon Aug 16 2021

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Encampment Support Network Although the most visible group of people experiencing homelessness are those who live in public spaces, in 2019 people living outside made up only 6% of the total homeless population. Most people without homes are living in shelters, or with others in temporary situations like couchsurfing. The top three reported causes of homelessness in Toronto are: (1) migration, (2) inability to afford rent, and (3) eviction, and the most effective fixes are increased income and lower housing costs. To learn more, check out our interactive map that draws on local examples to illustrate the complex and interconnected issues that comprise Torontos housing crisis and the movements working to change it. [Image Description: Slide 1: An illustrated map of Toronto shows two dozen axonometric drawings of different building types (e.g. single family homes, modular homes, condo buildings, a shelter, a respite, a hotel, city hall), each representing a different aspect of the housing crisis. The buildings are surrounded by Torontos main highways (DVP, 401 and Gardiner) as well as the Don River, Lake Ontario and Toronto Islands. The illustration is titled Mapping the Housing Crisis. Slide 2: An inset illustration titled Homelessness shows a 3-storey apartment building, with an arrow leaving its front door that leads to three people, an adult and two youths, walking together along the path of a second arrow, toward a smaller house. Slide 3: The same illustrated map from Slide 1 is displayed as a watermark.]

Fri Jul 30 2021

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Encampment Support Network From @esn.scadding On Tuesday July 20, 2021, the City of Toronto partnered with Toronto Police to violently evict yet another community of unhoused people living at Alexandra Park. The eviction followed the Citys now standard playbook: bringing in bus loads of highly armed riot police, street and horse cops, contract security, paddy wagons and drones in the early hours of the morning; enclosing residents and supporters in a cage of fences with this highly aggressive and militarized force; and violently dragging residents and supporters out of the cage by their arms and legs without any concern for their emotional, physical or mental states or abilities. At this eviction, the City prohibited journalists from entering the cage to witness its violence, in direct violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 2b. One journalist was forcefully removed by private security and told he could not return to the park for three months. Police targeted and arrested medics and legal observers ensuring that the attacks on particularly vulnerable park residents would not be observed or documented by supporters allowing the mayor to deliver his false narrative of a peaceful clearing. We have drafted a detailed report (2000 words!!) to dispel the misinformation that has been circulated about the Alexandra Park eviction by John Tory and City PR. Please read it. It can be found in the ESN linktree (in bio). -ESN Scadding Neighborhood Committee

Tue Jul 27 2021

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Encampment Support Network FROM @esn.parkdale: *~link in bio for full statement + signatories~* Joint Statement on the Lamport Stadium Encampment Clearing In the aftermath of the City of Torontos brutal assault on the Lamport Stadium encampment, we, the undersigned organizations, advocates, and encampment residents, demand an end to these violent encampment evictions, that all charges laid against community members be dropped, and that Mayor John Tory resign immediately. During the early hours of Wednesday, July 21st, hundreds of police officers descended on Lamport Stadium Park. City workers proceeded to fence in encampment residents and their supporters. As a drone hovered overhead, security guards warned people to leave or face arrest for trespassing. Then, brandishing steel batons, police moved in. They hit someone in the face, breaking their nose and splitting open their forehead and lips. They slammed someone elses head into the pavement, leaving them with a concussion. They choked and tossed another person by their neck. Two people are now in casts and will require further X-rays to determine if bones were broken. Police punched, kicked, clubbed, and pepper-sprayed dozens of other people, and arrested 34. Encampment residents and their supporters were peacefully standing their ground that day, painting signs and having a barbeque. Residents refused to leave because they had nowhere else to go. At least 24 people lived at the Lamport encampment before the eviction. Almost all are still living outside, scattered to other parks in the city. Some encampment residents wanted to move into shelters, but the City's own data shows it doesn't have enough beds to meet the demand. Many others have recently lived in the shelter system, but they returned to sleeping outside because they felt safer in encampments. People at Lamport wanted permanent housing. The City had none to offer.(cont.)

Mon Jul 26 2021

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Encampment Support Network ESN PARKDALE: UPDATE ON LAMPORT STADIUM ARRESTS 31 people (*corrected*) were arrested at Lamport Stadium encampment on July 21st while defending the community from displacement. 24 were taken to 11 Division and held for roughly 3 hours where they were denied access to a lawyer and not given any information about their charges. The rest were either criminally charged at Lamport and detained at 14 Division, or arrested and charged while they gathered outside the station to demand the release of those detained. Most of the people detained at 14 Division were held into the night, with some released the following day. Many were released on the condition that they dont set foot in either Alexandra Park, Trinity Bellwoods, Lamport Stadium and Moss Park, ostensibly to prevent them from showing up to a future eviction. Many of those arrested have reported being treated badly by the police, including a person who uses a wheelchair who was detained and released only after police determined that their facilities were not accessible. A diabetic person was denied a blood sugar test at the site of their arrest. In all of these evictions weve seen encampment residents more violently arrested, detained for longer, and released under more punitive conditions than supporters. As of the evening of July 23rd, all have been released. Were following up and working to see that all charges are dropped. More detailed statement to come. FOLLOW @esn.parkdale for more.

Sun Jul 25 2021

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Encampment Support Network From @esn.parkdale: UNHOUSED ENCAMPMENT RESIDENTS URGENTLY REQUEST YOUR PRESENCE AT 5:00am TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY JULY 21 AT LAMPORT STADIUM By now, most people have seen media and social media stories about the City and Toronto Police clearing Alexandra Park (Scadding Court) earlier today. Per residents request, ESN stood with them and witnessed as observers, and provided support with belongings. Multiple unhoused people, legal observers, and a journalist were unjustly targeted for arrest. As always, ESN takes care to align our conduct with the requests of self-determined encampment residents. This clearing took place without proper consultation or due respect for the human right to shelter. This was always the Citys goal, and there are at least two more encampments in their sights. There is a high likelihood that there will be an attempt to clear an encampment as early as tomorrow (July 21st). In contrast to those at Alexandra Park, residents at Lamport Stadium and Moss Park have been clear that their self-determined request is a stand your ground defence with help from supporters in the general public. Please join us at 5:00 a.m at 74 Fraser Ave (across the street from encampment) where you will receive further instructions. We also expect further targeted and un-targeted arrests. We will have legal observers and lawyers present and active on the phones, and will actively support those arrested to the best of our ability.

Wed Jul 21 2021

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Encampment Support Network Impending Evictions Alert: Time to Support Your Unhoused Neighbours. FOLLOW @esn.to.moss.park @esn.scadding @esn.parkdale for news and critical updates from our neighbourhood committees. The City of Toronto recently enacted major encampment eviction actions on May 19 at Lamport Stadium, which largely failed, and at Trinity Bellwoods on June 22. At Bellwoods the City unleashed a militarized force of over 200 police officers, private security, and city workers to violently displace the parks residents, many of whom have relocated to other encampments. At the time of writing, the fences the City erected to separate Trinity Bellwoods residents from their belongings and supporters are still there, patrolled 24/7 by private security. We expect further major clearance attempts by mayor John Tory and Toronto Police this week. Distinct Communities with Different Needs & Approaches As ever, the Encampment Support Network (ESNs) most basic commitment is to the self-determination of unhoused people in Toronto's downtown core. We are a network of autonomous neighborhood committees, each organizing within distinct communities. ESN has learned from what we have done well and less well at the recent Lamport and Trinity actions, and is building further capacity accordingly. Long collective experience shows that Toronto Police are especially vicious to poor people when no one is watching. Unhoused park residents in some spaces have primarily requested observation of clearance action rather than defense of their shelters. Residents in other parks have clearly indicated a desire for ESN, outreach volunteers, and the wider public to stand our ground with them in the face of further state violence. All encampments will have ESN support, but not all encampments have asked ESN to put out a public call-out on social media. (Continued in comments)

Tue Jul 20 2021

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Encampment Support Network While encampments may be the most visible manifestation of Torontos housing crisis, at its core the housing crisis is a real estate game that produces inequality. To learn more, check out our interactive map that draws on local examples to illustrate the complex and interconnected issues that comprise Torontos housing crisis and the movements working towards housing justice. LINK IN BIO. Illustrations by @theurbangeog [Image Description: An illustrated map of Toronto shows two dozen axonometric drawings of different building types (e.g. single family homes, modular homes, condo buildings, a shelter, a respite, a hotel, city hall), each representing a different aspect of the housing crisis. The buildings are surrounded by Torontos main highways (DVP, 401 and Gardiner) as well as the Don River, Lake Ontario and Toronto Islands. The illustration is titled Mapping the Housing Crisis.]

Wed Jul 14 2021

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Encampment Support Network Urgent Call To Action: After the eviction of Trinity Bellwoods, a coalition of community members, led by the Toronto Drop In Network has drafted a letter called A Path Forward. A Path Forward, demands that Mayor John Tory and the City end the forcible removal of encampments and police use-of-force against unhoused people, and commit to a human rights-compliant approach to engaging with unhoused people. This letter has been signed by over 200 organizations, community and creative leaders in Toronto. Read it in our #NoEncampmentEvictions Toolkit (link tree in bio) We are asking Mayor Tory to consider the letter at July 14th's City Council by adding it to Council's agenda. We need you to contact John Tory directly and demand that he add A Path Forward to City Council's July 14 agenda. Only Mayor Tory has the ability to add the letter to the agenda so that its recommendations can be adopted. We are also asking that City Council reconsider Matlow and Laytons motions. We need you to contact city councillors who voted against Matlow and Laytons motions and voice your support for them. Dont worry - if this all sounds complicated we made some easy phone and email scripts for you to follow. HERES WHAT YOU CAN DO: CONTACT JOHN TORY AND TELL HIM YOU ARE AGAINST ENCAMPMENT EVICTIONS AND WANT HIM TO ADD A PATH FORWARD TO THE AGENDA FOR CITY COUNCIL'S JULY 14th MEETING Call John Torys office: 416-397-2489 Use the phone call script in our #noencampmentevictions toolkit CONTACT THE CITY COUNCILLORS WHO VOTED AGAINST JOSH MATLOW AND MIKE LAYTONS MOTIONS ON JUNE 8TH TO OPPOSE ENCAMPMENT EVICTIONS AND SUPPORT MATLOW AND LAYTONS MOTIONS. Call and email the councillors who voted against Josh Matlow and Mike Laytons motions in June. Their email and phone numbers are listed in our linktree too. We know there are a lot of them, but each call will only take a minute or two.

Mon Jul 12 2021

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Encampment Support Network ESN and ALAB Resource Clinic @alabclinic are connecting our unhoused neighbours with phones and phone plans. The eviction at Trinity Bellwoods stripped residents of their essential belongings and displaced them to other parks. With the City of Toronto ramping up their encampment eviction efforts, it is especially vital for encampment residents to be able to communicate with support networks and access resources. When you donate your used phones youll be helping keep your neighbours safe and connected. Visit alabclinic.ca for more information and drop-off details. Donate funds on our website or via e-transfer to donate@alabclinic.ca ------ [Image description: Slide 1 - An illustration shows a person in a wheelchair sitting in front of a tent. They are holding and looking at a phone. There is a sleeping bag, a shopping cart, and a box in the background in front of a second tent. Text reads: "ESN and ALAB present: Phones for All! The City is evicting encampments. Donate your used phones. Keep your neighbours connected." Slide 2 - An illustration shows one person's hand passing a phone to another person's hand. Text reads: "Needed: unlocked phones, chargers, laptops, power banks. Visit one of the drop-off locations: Pamenar Cafe at 307 Augusta Ave or 435 Margueretta Street. Link in bio for more options." Slide 3 - An illustration shows a hand holding a smartphone. The screen shows a list of contacts which include the person's housing worker, social worker, family, doctor, and employment. Text reads: "Don't have a phone to spare? Support your neighbours' phone plans! Learn more and donate at alabclinic.ca or by e-transfer to donate@alabclinic.ca."]

Thu Jul 01 2021

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Encampment Support Network Abbreviated statement on the clearing of Trinity Bellwoods encampments.Please see full statement in our linktree. Slide 9 should say 22.5 million, not 2.5 million.The City is relentless and has plans to clear again in other parks. Thank you for continuing to support your neighbours.

Tue Jun 29 2021

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Encampment Support Network Lucy, a new addition to the Lamport Family and Grizz with new additions for his gallery opening in September.

Sat Jun 19 2021

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Encampment Support Network From Bellwoods residents and Kyle #noencampmentevictions

Thu Jun 17 2021

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Encampment Support Network @johntory s making big moves and big inaccurate claims about the shelter availability, but refuses to talk to encampment residents to hear the truth. He even voted down a motion on June 8th by Josh Matlow to make a resident Advisory council to improve shelter hotel conditions. The mayor does not care to hear from the people who are most impacted by his policies. So we invited a surrogate. Mr. Mayor come meet your match.

Thu Jun 17 2021

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Encampment Support Network Repost from @healthprovidersagainstpoverty - Health Providers Against Poverty deliver notices to @johntory , city manager Chris Murray, Fire chief Jim Jessup, and medical officer of health Eileen De Villa. Read their letter - link to @healthprovidersagainstpoverty. #noencampmentevictions

Wed Jun 16 2021

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Encampment Support Network Statement on Torontos new encampment eviction notices.Full statement in our linktree.#NoEncampmentEvictions...[Image description:Slide 1 reads: Statement on Torontos New Encampment Eviction Notices. On June 12th, The City of Toronto posted new trespass notices at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Alexandra Park, Moss Park, and Lamport Stadium Park, signalling another round of imminent, forced evictions for encampment residents. Their commitment to clearing encampments isnt about safety and care for their residents. It is, and has always been, about invisibilizing poverty. Slide 2 reads: Safety. The notices position the Citys temporary indoor shelter spaces as safer alternatives, despite the intrusive bed checks and restrictions, lack of adequate harm reduction and overdose prevention supports, and frequent COVID-19 outbreaks. While the situation in encampments is not ideal, it remains the safest option for many. At least 36 people have died in City shelters in the first four months of 2021 alone. Slide 3: Policing. The last time the city tried to clear an encampment at Lamport Stadium Park, they used an absurd amount of violence, bringing dozens of private security and police. But they were countered by the incredible force of solidarity between community members and their unhoused neighbours, and they only managed to clear a small portion of the encampment. That plot of grass is now surveilled 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by a private security company contracted by the City of Toronto. Their job is to make sure nobody sleeps on that side of the park, and to call the police if they do. If The City succeeds in clearing the larger encampments, they openly plan to expand this model of round-the-clock policing of public space.]

Tue Jun 15 2021

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Encampment Support Network Please go to the linktree (in bio) to find our Patreon and donate! ------- One year has passed and the need for ongoing encampment support has only grown. More needs means that ESN is calling for more steady donations! Shelters, respites and shelter hotels don't work for everybody. People have been traumatized by overdose deaths in hotels, COVID in congregate shelters and a lack of privacy and autonomy in these transient spaces. These spaces are not housing! ESN's basic monthly costs are $8000 more than our Patreon currently brings in... and the parks are still growing! ESN spends over $10 000 on snacks, $6000 on Gatorade, $10 000 on tents, $3000 on mutual aid, and that's certainly not all. You shouldn't have to be doing this. So call your councillors, email John Tory, snail mail Doug Ford and tell them to: -Support our friends living outside-Build permanent rent geared to income housing-Repeal the bylaws against people sleeping in parks-Listen to people with lived experience! [Image description: Curvy, multicoloured all-caps text is layered overtop of brightly coloured overlapping shapes in the background. Image text is repeated in the caption.]

Wed Jun 02 2021

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Encampment Support Network Two Wednesdays ago the City of Toronto brought a massive force of cops, corporate security, machinery and horses to try and clear the Lamport Stadium encampment. Residents and community supporters were able to prevent them from clearing 90% of the encampment. Read the full statement, as well as information on how to support the fight against encampment evictions, in our linktree (in bio). [Image Description: Slide 1: A tiny shelter is surrounded by a ring of Toronto Police officers wearing bike helmets, sunglasses, face masks and blue latex gloves. A person with with shoulder-length brown hair is standing a foot away from one officer. The person has their arms stretched out side to side, blocking the officer from the people standing behind them. Several others look on, including three with large video cameras. Slide 2: A tiny shelter is surrounded by a ring of police officers and their bicycles. Several people are speaking with officers and onlookers are filming these encounters on smartphones. There is a blue and grey tent near the tiny shelter, and in the background is the edge of a TTC streetcar and a Pet Smart storefront.] Photos by @jeffari

Mon May 31 2021

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Encampment Support Network Statement on the attempted clearing of the Lamport Stadium encampment: On Wednesday May 19th, the City of Toronto sent a massive force to clear the Lamport Stadium encampment and displace the people living there. Much of the media coverage so far highlights the extreme state violence enacted against residents, community members, and advocates. What the coverage largely overlooks is that residents and community supporters successfully defended the vast majority of encampment dwellings. Roughly 60 City of Toronto corporate security guards and police officers (including eight on horseback), four people in Hazmat suits, a handful of other city workers, two claw heavy excavators and three dump trucks were only able to clear one tent and two wooden sheltersabout 10% of the encampmentafter trying in vain for most of the day. The City offered temporary shelter, not housing: On the morning of the scheduled clearing, Streets to Homes offered residents spots at four different temporary shelter hotels scattered across the city. Contrary to the City of Torontos public statement on the days events, no residents were offered actual housing. After making offers of temporary accommodation, City staff informed ESN Parkdale that clearing was not only imminent, but that those who had not accepted shelter hotel spots would be removed by force. Community support, not outside agitation: Community supporters have been painted as outside agitators by Mayor John Tory and others, implying that we acted against the wishes of encampment residents. To be clear: our response flows from the relationships weve made with Lamports residents over the course of a year of delivering the daily humanitarian aid that the city refuses to provide. We were there to stand with those who chose to defend their homes against the City. We also sought to make sure that others could preserve their belongings as they prepared to move to shelter spaces on their own terms. Over the past couple of days, residents have told us they were proud to have fought back against the city and asked for an even greater community response next time.

Sun May 23 2021

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Encampment Support Network Attempted clearing happening now at Lamport Stadium.Come defend people from forced evictions.

Wed May 19 2021

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Encampment Support Network Attention Toronto! URGENT CALL TO ACTION: On Friday May 14th, The City posted a new Notice of Trespass at Lamport Stadium encampment in Parkdale. We expect theyll be coming to forcibly evict residents as soon as Monday. If residents dont leave, they can be arrested and fined up to $10,000. A lot of Lamport residents want to stay where they are, because its their safest option. One of the main reasons Lamport encampment exists is because its adjacent to the St. Felix respite, where some have beds, and people can access food and shower facilities occasionally. But since COVID, the respitewhich is just one big open space with cotsreduced their # of beds by half. And yet, we know many people who tested positive for COVID after prolonged stays inside the respite and other shelters over the winter months. There are currently 133 reported COVID cases in the shelter system, including 6 of the hotel shelters. Remember that the City didnt clear encampments after the April 6th notices of trespass, because they had a COVID outbreak in the Novotel shelter hotel weeks after it opened. Were seeing a lot of people who initially accepted shelter hotel spots (often under coercion) return to encampments, with no belongings to speak of. If people would rather sleep on the ground in a park than accept your alternatives, what does that say about the suitability" of those alternatives? (continued in comments)

Sun May 16 2021

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Encampment Support Network Hello from Trinity Bellwoods ~ Photos by @jeffari [Image Description: Slide 1: A person with light skin wearing shorts, no shirt, several necklaces and a mask made of dozens of small reflective panels is crouching outside of a tiny shelter. The shelter is heavily decorated, with the words Sleep Gang written along the top, and several paintings of the letter "J" There are several colourful paintings leaning next to and up against the shelter. Slide 2: Three large tents are set up side by side on green grass with a background of trees. Blue and green tarps are tied over the tents. A hand painted sign saying "We Need to Take Care of Each Other" is tied to the nearest tent and is sitting in the grass. Slide 3: The side of a colourfully painted tiny shelter with a large painting leaning on it that has a black background and a gold crown making the letters "B" and "M". It is a sunny day and a blue tent and some trees are visible in the background. Slide 4: A person with light skin and long, multicoloured braids falling down the front of their face is wearing large red-tinted sunglasses, and wearing a black sleeveless t-shirt with a pink graphic of a pair of headphones and the word "Shush" in cursive writing. In the background the sun is shining through tree branches.

Sat May 15 2021

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Encampment Support Network From ESN Parkdale ~The new display at Grizz @grizzly.jsjones !!

Sat May 15 2021

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Encampment Support Network Pics from ESN Moss Park. Big thank you to Anishnawbe Health for coming by with the vaccination bus. Everyone is still out here taking care of each other. @jeffari

Sat May 08 2021

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Encampment Support Network If you're gonna defund the police, you gotta defund Parks Ambassadors too --- Who Are Parks Ambassadors? [Slide 1]A Parapolice Force for Parks Defunding the police has become a defining issue of our time. Yet few people are talking about parapolice forces: police-adjacent teams used as a soft-arm of the law, which play their own role in enacting state violence and discrimination. The City of Torontos Parks Ambassadors are a prime example. You can recognize them by their yellow jackets and hi-vis vests. They are often the ones posting the notices of trespass that lead to forceful encampment evictions at the hands of police. Their practices are designed specifically to police poor and unhoused park users. Parks Ambassadors regularly surveil encampments, creating constant uncertainty and fear, and leading to the criminalization and displacement of residents. [Slide 2]Designed to Police Poverty The Parks Ambassadors program was first created in 2003 by then Parks manager Lucy Troisi, as a direct response to perceptions of safety in the Downtown Eastside. In Troisis own words: A combination of the emergency crisis of opioid-related deaths, an overwhelmed shelter system, a new cycle of problematic use of parks, and ongoing structural poverty issues have generated a true threat to the safety of our communities... What did the City do in response to this crisis? Create a parks patrol to push the people most affected by it out of sight. [Slide 3]Wellness Checks Parks Ambassadors say their job is to help encampment residents by doing safety and wellness checks that involve:Building meaningful relationships Providing residents with harm reduction supplies and informationEnsuring fire safetyGiving out basic needs like water and garbage bags (cont'd in comments)

Mon Apr 26 2021

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Encampment Support Network Go to our linktree to find this excellent piece in @nowtoronto by @juliajmastro about Toronto's Parks Ambassadors and their role in the harassment, surveillance and displacement of people living in parks. #letthemstay #NoEncampmentEvictions --- [Image Description: A screenshot of an article in NOW magazine with a headline that reads: "Toronto mobilizes parks ambassadors to clear encampments". Below the headline, smaller text reads: "Housing activists say they've noticed increased 'surveillance' of people living in parks". A photograph shows five people with their backs to the camera walking under the Gardiner Expressway. Two of them are wearing yellow vests and bike shorts. Another is wearing a shirt that says "Street Outreach". Under the photo, a description reads: "Parks ambassadors, in the yellow vests, called on Streets to Homes workers and the police to approach encampment residents under the Gardiner Expressway in 2020."

Sat Apr 24 2021

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Encampment Support Network ESN Trinity Bellwoods is running a fundraiser for a plane ticket for Chunk to get back to BC. Contribute if you can and possibly even win a prize?! --- [Image Description: A drawing of a purple sky with a big yellow sun in the top left corner and trees and flowers in the bottom corners. Centered in the top of the drawing is an airplane trailing an orange banner with beige text that reads: "Help Our Friend Chunk Get Back to B.C.". Below, a beige sign with blue text reads: "An ESN Trinity Bellwoods Community Fundraiser", and a white banner hanging below with red text reads: "Prizes to be won". At the bottom of the image is black text that reads: "donate on the GoFundMe: gofund.me/fd52fe3e.]

Sat Apr 17 2021

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Encampment Support Network ESN really needs money for tents, and new tents. This is due to the ongoing housing crisis and covid outbreaks in the shelter system. Please email report.on.toronto@gmail.com and youll get an auto-reply with all sorts of information about how to donate. With thanks! Thanks thanks thanks thanks --- [Image Description: An image with a background that fades from red to pink to white with a picture of a tent in a park near the middle. Blue text reads: Encampment donations. ESN really needs: Tents - new. Money for Tents. Email report.on.toronto@gmail.com and you will get instructions as to how to do this. Text along the side of the image says the word donate eight times, followed by: thank you so much.]

Tue Apr 13 2021

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Encampment Support Network You probably want a #NoEncampmentEvictions lawn sign. The city has not revoked the Notices of Trespass. Please fill out the form in our linktree and well deliver them! --- [Image Description: A photo of a sign on someones front lawn that reads: I Support My Neighbours in Tents. No Encampment Evictions. Text overlaid on the photo reads: You probably want a lawn sign if you have a lawn. Fill out the form in our linktree and we will drop it off.]

Mon Apr 12 2021

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Encampment Support Network @johntory probably responded to your concerned letter about tiny shelters and encampment evictions with a form letter. Weve annotated his response with the help of @melissagoldstein and @meganfranklyne - go get demystified. Link in our linktree. Thank you!

Thu Apr 08 2021

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Encampment Support Network Troubling: We received an anomalous Gatorade - an aberration. This Gatorade is supposed to be blue. Please tag @gatorade and demand we get full life time supply of this stuff free. Thank you! --- [Image Description: a close up photo of an unopened bottle of Gatorade in someones hand. The flavour is labelled as Cool Blue but the liquid inside the bottle is cloudy and clear-coloured.]

Wed Apr 07 2021

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Encampment Support Network Just a reminder that @cllrjoecressy of Spadina-Fort York hasnt actually talked to any encampment residents - his unhoused constituents. But has he been to the shelter spaces he deems safer? --- [Image Description: a screenshot of a Tweet posted by @ESN_TO. Tweet reads: Just a reminder that @joe_cressy Chair of the Board of Health and city councillor for Spadina Fort York has not visited an encampment since the beginning of the pandemic, and even then never spoke to encampment residents. But has he ever been inside the Better Living Centre?]

Tue Apr 06 2021

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Encampment Support Network Clarence Square can be shared, and that goes for the other parks in the City too. Yesterday we did yoga led by @indu_geita , ate chili and had a beautiful time.

Mon Apr 05 2021

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Encampment Support Network On March 31st Sarah Rehou, a burn unit specialist that helped in developing a fire training manual for encampment residents, met with people living in Clarence Square Park to do the first outdoor fire safety training. The manual (theres a video of its contents in here)was made as a response to Toronto Fire refusing to follow the recommendations of the Faulkner Inquest and instead, for the past 6 months, just delivering a leaflet to encampment residents stating what they shouldnt do. (See red hot pic) What we know is that they dont seek to provide services that would aid in safer heat source, or education around fire with good suggestions for safety. Its simply a list of what you shouldnt do with focus on taking away what is viewed as unsafe. We see Toronto Fire consistently confiscating life-preserving heat sources with no reasonable offer of alternatives. Clarence Square residents themselves have been subject to harassment from Fire and Police over a bundle of wood used for heat, food, and sacred fire. In place of it, they offered only some socks and water. So, enter the development of encampment fire safety training. A manual made in collaboration with encampment residents, representatives from the burn research community , and organizations that do street outreach including Sanctuary Toronto, The Encampment Support Network (ESN), and The Common Table at Redeemer. The manual focuses on best fire practices with practical ways to engage with fire, deal with frostbite, and tips to stay warm- something that Toronto Fire could easily have come up with themselves, but they did not. It was a wonderful training, very conversational and informative. Residents often speak to their experiences with fire, creating new levels of understanding and sharing. Its beautiful. Community takes care of itself. Weve learned a lot from residents and they continue to learn a lot from each other. Across the street from Clarence Square a restaurant tent with a raging fire burns. Why is one sanctioned while the other is criminalized?

Mon Apr 05 2021

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Encampment Support Network APRIL 4th UPDATE ON ENCAMPMENT EVICTIONS On March 19th 2021, the City of Toronto posted Notices of Trespass on dwellings belonging to encampment residents in Moss Park, Trinity Bellwoods, Alexandra Park, Lamport Stadium, Allan Gardens, Cherry Beach and elsewhere, stating that they have until April 6th at 8:00 AM to clear out of parks and other public spaces. This was part of their Pathway Inside Program, the latest move in an ongoing effort to criminalize and invisiblize unhoused people. On Thursday April 1st 2021, the City of Toronto announced that no enforcement action to vacate parks will occur on April 6th. Could it have been the thousands of people who have called upon their City Councillors and Mayor to halt encampment eviction efforts? Or, could it be that 45 The Esplanade is the latest site of a COVID-19 outbreak within the Citys shelter system, forcing Toronto Public Health to temporarily suspend intakes at the PIPs main referral site? JUST A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE Make no mistake: the City of Toronto is temporarily putting off encampment clearings because the situation at 45 The Esplanade has made it so that the continued displacement of encampment residents into an indoor setting with growing COVID cases is plainly indefensible. Yet, according to the news release and some City Councillors, encampment residents are the cause of COVID-19 outbreaks in indoor congregate settings. This reveals a critical misunderstanding of the realities of unhoused people, many of whom regularly access drop-in services and cycle in and out of indoor shelter spaces even as they continue to dwell in and return to encampments. City officials have scrambled to reconfigure the Notice of Trespass, which threatened $10,000 fines and physical removal from the site by Special Constables. In his interview with Metro Morning on March 30th, Brad Ross contended that the Notice of Trespass was simply a way of setting a deadline for encampment residents. The Citys press release states: The notice posted in parks in March identified a date of April 6th to guide peoples decision-making regarding offers of shelter, housing and other supports being offered. ...

Mon Apr 05 2021

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Encampment Support Network Follow @healthprovidersagainstpoverty and link to their op-Ed in the star

Sun Apr 04 2021

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Encampment Support Network True poet, AK- Moss Park. Were not moving we have rights.

Sun Apr 04 2021

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Encampment Support Network The threat of evictions and violent enforcement remains! Support encampment residents and their right to safety and self-determination! JOIN US for an urgent zap to PERMANENTLY end the criminalization of poverty!Monday, April 5, 7-8PMRegister Now! tinyurl.com/EncampmentZapApril5 [Image description: Graphic of an email notification window. From: OEWU, SURJ Toronto, and ESNSubject: Phone & Email Zap]

Sat Apr 03 2021

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Encampment Support Network Anti-Eviction Yoga #ShareTOParks Bring a mat/or towelAll bodies and levels welcomeWear a mask/physically distanceWear comfortable clothes/ bring water Practice lead by Indu Vashist @indu_geitaPoster design by @louisereimer

Thu Apr 01 2021

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Encampment Support Network There are growing outbreaks of COVID-19 in shelters and shelter-hotels. The City has yet to comment on this, and still plans to go forward with mass evictions of encampment residents all over the city on April 6th. The only option offered is the Novotel, which weve been told has an active COVID outbreak. If people refuse to go to the Novotel they will be forced to leave their encampments to set up somewhere else, where they will inevitably be evicted all over again. It is long past due that the City declare a moratorium on encampment evictions. No one should be coerced into a congregate setting against their will, especially when there are active outbreaks in the shelter system. --- [Image Description: Screenshot of a graphic from in the style of Toronto Public Health daily COVID-19 updates, with an @ESN_TO tag in the bottom left corner. Blue text over a white background reads: Status of Covid-19 cases in Toronto shelters. As of March 30, 2021 at 2:00 PM. The graphic shows four coloured boxes with black text. From left to right, the first box (green) reads, Total Outbreaks: 15. The second box (blue) reads Total Cases: 329. The third box (purple) reads Currently Hospitalized: 3. The fourth box (pink) reads Confirmed Cases at Novotel: 4+.]

Thu Apr 01 2021

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Encampment Support Network @blacklegalactioncentre @nlstoronto @cjc_to @the519 Today a coalition of lawyers wrote to the mayor and city councillors explaining all the reasons why forced evictions are illegal. People across the city, including lawyers are organized and ready to defend encampment residents rights.

Wed Mar 31 2021

Encampment Support Network

Encampment Support Network When you post this tag your city councillors and @johntory - use #noencampmentevictions and #shareToParks - just throwing it in a story doesnt help voice your position to the people in power. Thank you! --- [Image Description: an illustration of white text over blue and black background. The text reads: I support my neighbours in tents. No encampment evictions. On the edges are a few illustrations of blue and white tents and a tiny shelter.]

Tue Mar 30 2021

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Encampment Support Network We stand with our neighbours in Moss Park! Join us for Brunch on Saturday April 3, 11-2. Wear PPE and practice social distancing. In partnership with @buildingrootsto. April 3 @ 11 AM, Moss Park #noencampmentevictions --- [Image Description: Illustration of a green background and multi-coloured text dispersed throughout. Among the text are illustrations of multi-coloured flowers. The text reads: Let them stay! In Moss Park. Share a meal & support your neighbours living in Moss Park! Saturday, April 3, 11-2. Near the baseball diamond. In bullet point form, text reads: Yummy brunch, music, arts & crafts, family friendly, please wear PPE. Along the bottom are the hashtags: #NoEncampentEvictions and #ShareTOParks.]

Tue Mar 30 2021

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Encampment Support Network TO BE CLEAR:On March 19 the @cityoftoronto posted notices of Trespass on tents and tiny shelters all across the city. If people do not move their homes by April 6 they will be criminalized under the Trespass to Property Act. These notices were posted in many encampments, not just the 4 priority parks listed by the city in their Pathways Inside Program. These Notices of Trespass have implications on all unhoused people in Toronto. It will effectively make it illegal for unhoused people to rest in public parks from 12:01 to 5:30am. Where are people supposed to go? The Shelter system is full and COVID outbreaks run rampant. We can not accept a City where people are chased around and criminalized by special constables, private security guards and police simply because they are unhoused. We have till April 6 to push back against the criminalization of unhoused people. Check out our #NoEncampmentEvictions Toolkit in our linktree. Show up to support your unhoused neighbours! FOR REAL THIS IS URGENT. Check our link tree.

Sun Mar 28 2021

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Encampment Support Network Still true

Sat Mar 27 2021

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Encampment Support Network If you are a business and would like to fly a sign in your window write to report.on.toronto@gmail.com and fill out the form in the auto-reply. Subject line give me a sign. TORONTO ONLY! Thank you to @michael.deforge for the beautiful sign and to @colourcodeprint for printing.

Wed Mar 24 2021

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Encampment Support Network People will not be evicted. Wear PPE - keep physical distance - come to a BBQ at trinity Bellwoods park this Saturday and support your neighbours living in tents. March 27 @ 2pm

Wed Mar 24 2021

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Encampment Support Network Bellwoods

Wed Mar 24 2021

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Encampment Support Network Please email report.on.toronto@gmail.com if you know someone or are someone who cant print a lot of stuff in Color fast for cheap or free. Were stopping evictions: we need your help.

Tue Mar 23 2021

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Encampment Support Network Mayor of Moss Park Derrick Black addresses 200 people yesterday at Alexandra Park. Photo by ESN moss park @lastcentvry

Mon Mar 22 2021

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Encampment Support Network List of demands from Encampment residents posted next to the notice of trespass at Alexandra Park

Sun Mar 21 2021

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Encampment Support Network The message from Kassie and Lil Man: Stop the eviction. Let us be.

Sat Mar 20 2021

Encampment Support Network

Encampment Support Network This week the city posted notices of trespass on peoples tents and tiny shelters. People are being threatened with removal by April 6th. Come learn about the citys new eviction scheme Pathway Inside and hear from the people who are directly impacted. This Sunday at Noon at Alexandra Park (Dundas and Bathurst): wear Ppe and physically distance. More info to come. Put a if youre coming. Click our linktree to learn more about the Pathway Inside Program.

Sat Mar 20 2021

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Encampment Support Network DO YOU HAVE A PHONE TO DONATE??Looking for:-Working, unlocked and factory reset smartphones with chargers-charging blocks and power banksHelp your unhoused neighbours stay connected to their resources and loved ones.Drop off at: Pamenar Cafe (307 Augusta Ave) any time between 9-3:30 on weekdays, 10-5 on weekends.No DMs - if you have any questions text: 647-487-9005~ We also always need financial donations to run this show ! E mail report.on.toronto@gmail.com for instructions

Thu Mar 18 2021

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Encampment Support Network Check out @thelocalhealth - they have this great article from Derrick Black about his battle for housing and the rights of encampment residents as told to @_anupa

Sat Mar 13 2021

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Encampment Support Network Repost from @les.william.harper

Wed Mar 10 2021

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Encampment Support Network Last weekend 1100 notices were served by people. Thank you all for coming.It was a gentle action. Things aren't so gentle at encampments. That's the hard part of this. We keep it family friendly, while the city enacts violence. by @stoicnahs ..#EvictTory #HousingNotLawsuits#NoEncampmentEvictions#DefundParksAmbassadors

Sat Mar 06 2021

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Encampment Support Network This is what happens to peoples belongings, their worldly possessions, to their tiny shelters, propane, fire extinguishers. The city claims that they catalog and store peoples possessions when they clear the park. But as far as we can see, they are just disposing of it in what looks like a dump. Why cant we just get straight answers, clear protocols, and some respect for the people who are directly impacted by these policies?

Wed Mar 03 2021

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Encampment Support Network #EvictTory #HousingNotLawsuits

Tue Mar 02 2021

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Encampment Support Network Baxter representing today #evicttory #housingnotlawsuits

Sun Feb 28 2021

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Encampment Support Network COME ONE COME ALL!SERVE MAYOR TORY SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28th When: Sunday, February 28th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Where: 248 Bloor Street W. ~ Bloor Bedford Parkette How it works:Come to Bloor Bedford Parkette anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Volunteers will be present to provide you with a copy of our notice of action from the Superior Court of the People, which you can then sign and deliver to Mayor Tory at his place of residence. Were inviting Mayor Tory to come down and meet us, but if he doesnt well have a proxy there for him. This is a family-friendly event and we will be marshalling to ensure everyone keeps physical distance as we line up to serve John Tory. Pretend its HomeSense. Dont congregate and linger. Wear PPE. Accessibility: closest accessible subway station is St. GeorgeWe will have accessibility marshalls on hand. It is a short walk between Bloor Bedford Parkette and Mayor Torys Condominium. We do not know how long you will have to wait to serve John Tory, but we will have some chairs available.

Sat Feb 27 2021

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Encampment Support Network Caption repost from @gingergdean of ESN Scadding Trinity

Thu Feb 25 2021

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Encampment Support Network The citys application for injunction against Khaleel Seivwright is just the latest move in their malicious strategy to push people into COVID-ridden shelters and out of sight. We know that tiny shelters have saved lives this winter, and offer people security, privacy and warmth. Despite its empty gestures, the city has shown that it will protect homeowners wishes at the expense of human life. Call/email your city councillor and share our demands: - Drop the notice against Khaleel; and dont pursue future action to others who are providing aid;- Expropriate hotels and buildings in the downtown core to create rent-geared-to-income housing;-Ban encampment evictions - we still want an eviction moratorium on encampment evictions;-Defund the police and Parks Ambassadors - the money spent on enforcement could be better spent on long-term housing for people..#HousingNotLawsuits #EvictTory #TOpoli #JohnTory

Thu Feb 25 2021

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Encampment Support Network The Centre for Urban Health Solutions made some maps that show the difference between indoor spaces that were open to people last winter vs this one. Shelter from the cold is a life or death issue. The reality is that people who want to go inside, even for an hour, cannot. The City could reopen community centres. The City could expropriate unused buildings. The City is sitting back and watching people freeze.

Wed Feb 24 2021

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Encampment Support Network Derrick Black. Say it with me, out loud - Derrick Black. I want this mans name to ring. I want his story to be told on blocks and corners. I want it to spread like wildfire through the alleyways and avenues, through every tent and tiny shelter in every encampment. I want it to become a lesson, the thing of legend. The story of resistance, a single man who fought a city hellbent on destroying him. Derrick lived in a tent in Moss Park and refused to leave unless he was housed in the neighbourhood. He refused to get swept into a shelter system that he didnt feel safe in. He has never given up hope. He fought for himself, and for the people. I think back and remember him saying over and over, Im not leaving until I get housing. I want a place with a door and a key and he didnt ever budge. He held his ground. The city tried with all their might, they threw everything at him - forced evictions, threats of fines and police - so he sued them, saying that what they were doing went against his basic human rights. Today marks a massive victory. This is Derricks new home, a one bedroom apartment in his neighbourhood in Moss Park. Derrick told me to tell people, Keep fighting, stay strong - dont give up hope. Today we sat around and watched the video that AK sent us of the aftermath of Derricks home being destroyed by the police, who in the middle of the night some time this summer, claimed they were looking for a gun, kept him in handcuffs while they were searching and found nothing. They tore down his home and destroyed his possessions. The city would have you believe that encampments are dangerous, yet the main perpetrators of violence is the city itself. Send Derrick your blessings in the comments and well relay them to him. Also - he could use a light brown area rug, pillows, beige curtains. Email: report.on.toronto@gmail.com with the subject line Derrick Black Apartment donation. ~ @jeffari

Tue Feb 16 2021

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Encampment Support Network Go to the @surj_toronto and sign up for the final phone zap to defund the toronto police service by 50%. This Monday. We are sick of being told that the city of Toronto is too broke to invest in public housing while TPS gets funded. Happens at noon! You gotta register with their link.

Sun Feb 14 2021

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Encampment Support Network Today Toronto Drop-In Network released a letter demanding action from all three levels of government. ESN and 42 other organizations (and counting) support these demands.The reason? The largest spike in COVID cases in a two-month period since the beginning of the pandemic, and no clear, achievable contingencies to address this spike, let alone factor in COVID variants.A burnt out frontline, who have upheld homelessness services for a year in the absence of adequate government intervention. An inadequate long-term plan to address the need for affordable housing, let alone safe, stable, healthy transitional housing until permanent housing is built.The continuation of evictions, both residential and of encampments.The crucial need to ensure that shelter-hotels are functional for as long as is necessary, let alone a need to create more shelter-hotel spaces as well as safe daytime spaces for people sleeping rough.The situation is untenable, and at the cusp of a crisis which could decimate and even end lives. Advocates and the frontline of agencies have held up supports for people experiencing homelessness with inadequate support for a year. Change needs to happen, NOW. ( TDIN)-Find the full letter on Toronto Drop-In Networks Facebook/Twitter

Thu Feb 11 2021

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Encampment Support Network Thankful to the folks providing hot coffee every day. Its helping in ways we may not have anticipated.@pilotcoffee @thelovelesscafe @samjamescoffeebar @wallaceespresso @reunioncoffee @fixcoffeebikes@chavetacoffee @halecoffee @luckypennyto

Tue Feb 02 2021

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Encampment Support Network Please email us with subject line Dump Run Winter Edition. Thank you so much

Tue Feb 02 2021

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Encampment Support Network Head over to @surj_toronto and check out how they are mobilizing to defund the police, and join in. Every time we talk to the city they say there is no money for housing on the municipal level, yet the police budget grows.

Thu Jan 28 2021

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Encampment Support Network ESN Trinity Bellwoods doesn't feature that prominently on this page, but these great people are out there.Check out the @whitesquirrelbrigade - residents who organize their own donations and stuff. Follow em!

Fri Jan 22 2021

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Encampment Support Network CW: gruesome images of frostbite. Living outside is no joke. Weathering the cold is dangerous. Sending a big thank you to these wicked nurses, Dana, Megan and Liz for teaching ESN volunteers about frostbite and hypothermia over zoom today. Now we know the signs and we know how to help out. On that note: anyone got a BOOST sponsorship hook up?

Tue Jan 19 2021

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Encampment Support Network Some pics from recent days:1)Neighbourhood library staff setting up a mutual aid box2) Group shot of residents and outreach working to organize a resident mutual aid tent. It holds supplies like food, clothing and blankets for anyone who may need 3) Dom with his new scarf from donations4) Erins homemade mascot

Mon Jan 18 2021

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Encampment Support Network A couple weeks ago the @cityofto city of Toronto came through Moss Park and removed a @torontotinyshelters Tiny Shelter they deemed abandoned. They removed the shelter, along with Derricks generator. He approached city workers the next day demanding they return it. It has not been returned. City workers come to the park every day, tagging tents and shelters for removal. There is no other context where this would be appropriate. To decide for someone else that their home and possessions should be removed. This is theft. The resources, the time, the effort put into policing homeless people and drug users, put into trying to clear encampments and criminalize their residents could so easily be used to support people.

Fri Jan 15 2021

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Encampment Support Network Scooby-Doo gets some attention from ESN outreach

Fri Jan 15 2021

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Encampment Support Network Some people think were an agency, we arent. Were all volunteers. Impromptu community meeting today in Moss Park, continuing the ongoing conversation about how best to take care of each other / @esn.to.4real volunteer and Moss Park resident AK / @torontotinyshelters @jeffari

Sun Jan 10 2021

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Encampment Support Network Humanity first. Average price of house in Toronto is 2m, the city of Toronto took so much money in property taxes, now is time to help poor people, lower the rent - more affordable housing, give poor people a break. -Jack, MP

Wed Jan 06 2021

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Encampment Support Network Second episode of the ESN podcast We Are Not The Virus is up on every platform you use to listen to podcasts! This one is called Wind. Thank you to @aliyapabani @lilbabyallieg for all their work in this one. You can also link to it via our link tree.

Thu Dec 24 2020

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Encampment Support Network Thank you, and much love to @makerpizza whove been humbly supporting ESN from day one. Daily sandwich drops at Moss park as well as hot pies. Today at Scadding they came through again. Heres Andrew, showing off.

Sat Dec 19 2020

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Encampment Support Network This is a painting that Nanook made in his Tiny Shelter which is also his art studio.

Wed Dec 16 2020

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Encampment Support Network Fighting NIMBYism since May 2020

Tue Dec 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network Respites are not the answer. Learn about what some of the indoor space offered to people by the city is like. If you want to take a deeper dive into respite conditions, check out the 2018 report by @healthprovidersagainstpoverty cited in the last slide.

Mon Dec 07 2020

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Encampment Support Network Thanks to the hundreds of bar/restaurant/cafe owners and workers who released a public statement against encampment evictions. Link to statement in our bio.@johntory @cllrjoecressy @anabailaoto #NoEncampmentEvictions#TOpoli

Fri Dec 04 2020

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Encampment Support Network Over 450 academics and researchers signed a public statement against encampment evictions. Thank you. Read it in our bio.@johntory @anabailaoto @cllrjoecressy #NoEncampmentEvictions#TOpoli

Fri Dec 04 2020

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Encampment Support Network Over 400 authors, artists, publishers, publications, editors, booksellers and gallerists signed a public statement against encampment evictions. Thank you. Find the link in our bio.@johntory @anabailaoto @cllrjoecressy #NoEncampmentEvictions#TOpoli

Fri Dec 04 2020

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Encampment Support Network We are 180 volunteers doing outreach to our neighbours. Many of us are musicians who have witnessed the reality of the citys lack of care and consultation toward people living in encampments. Hundreds of musicians have come together to sign a public statement against encampment evictions. Find it in our linktree.@johntory @cllrjoecressy @anabailaoto #NoEncampmentEvictions#TOpoli

Fri Dec 04 2020

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Encampment Support Network From @jeffari ~ night of dec 3rd in the park: The @cityofto and @johntory pull the strings, weaponizing fire safety, using it as a tool to clear the visible problem of a housing crisis. The police drive by and give thumbs up to city workers as they clear tents. They make violent arrests in the name of safety, under the banner of law. They see acts of care, community efforts, as contributing to a problem. We are out here though, as @psycholoacs says, we are FOR the people @torontotinyshelters ~ Oh and 2nd slide is fire test on Rockwool exterior insulation, a great fire resistant material used on Tiny Shelter exteriors.

Fri Dec 04 2020

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Encampment Support Network Public statements against encampment evictions are coming through. Thank you @unirosendp @cupeontario @pleasuredometo @civictechto @koyamapress @johntory #NoEncampmentEvictions

Mon Nov 30 2020

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Encampment Support Network The City is not able to provide acceptable housing to the 1000+ people living outside. They could at least keep their hands off the foam domes that are keeping people warm as the temperature drops below freezing.

Fri Nov 27 2020

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Encampment Support Network The City of Toronto is targeting carpenter Khaleel Seivwright for doing what the City is failing to do: support encampment residents. Let the City hear the voices of those who support unhoused people's right to safe shelter and humane treatment. #NoEncampmentEvictions @torontotinyshelters

Wed Nov 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network Yep write to us please. Tagging people is not enough- write to your colleagues and institutions and get it going!

Wed Nov 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network It doesnt need to be so. End prohibition. Safe Supply now.

Mon Nov 23 2020

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Encampment Support Network Moss park today, from @jeffari Its National Housing Day - whatever that means? @johntory @kristynwongtam Our city is failing its residents, our neighbours. They are brutalizing people, with police, through the courts, and through malicious and complicated colonial processes that aim to strip people of their basic human rights and remove them from the land. I am moved so heavily by the beauty and resiliency of my friends, my family in Moss Park and by the endless and ongoing work of frontline workers and volunteers.

Mon Nov 23 2020

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Encampment Support Network ESN communique November 21 : Why The Foam Domes?

Sun Nov 22 2020

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Encampment Support Network Another build today with residents consult and interests in these things. Reports so far are that theyre warm. What else can we say. They dont seem to really go up in some sort of blaze with fire, they are warm, they are like a sleeping capsule and even a tall person can sleep in one. Its made of foam. We need housing. We need care on a a basic level for folks living outside who are amazing but yet stigmas hold fast that the economic disparity of Toronto, in its violent and rapid version of infrastructure and displacement, is putting people at risk going in to winter, the 2nd lockdown, and what is still a pandemic. Where is the sufficient and resident consulted housing? Where are you? @johntory @fordnationdougford @cityofto @kristynwongtam @cllrgordperks @bradfordgrams ???? Heres a resident who takes this whole winter thing seriously. Hes not impressed with the citys mismanagement either. He says to take your vitamins and that hes being GQ here. So here we are. Tag the mayor, the city, and councillors. We much appreciate those that came to build. Encampment residents do too. We NEED To Take Care Of Each Other.

Sun Nov 22 2020

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Encampment Support Network The Little Norway Park committee did a build of the insulated foam sleeping structures today for the 4 encampments we visit in *this* area. It was a beautiful, warm, perfect day, hanging out with camp residents and other friends who volunteered to help build these things. Honestly theres so much to say about feeling love and connection in your neighborhood. Try it out yourself I dare ya. And guess what? the best part is tomorrow we will do it again!

Sat Nov 21 2020

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Encampment Support Network We have our reasons. Our email is report.on.toronto@gmail.com this is not the address for e-transfers. Youll get a whole beautiful donations package from us! Thank you.

Wed Nov 18 2020

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Encampment Support Network Tonight, with a forecast for sustained high winds, looks like it will be very rough for 1000+ Toronto citizens forced to live outdoors. -Donate if you are able -Share this graphic Project Storm Relief TO Items Needed: Tarps, Rope, Mens Coats, rain gear, warm socks (new or clean and in great condition), warm sweaters, blankets, sleeping bags, winter tents welcome Why? More than 1000 people are living outdoors in Toronto as this windstorm hits and winter approaches, and the city of toronto still has not made provisions for people to survive. Drop off at: Church of the Holy Trinity (behind Eaton Centre) through 6pm tonight and 9am to 6pm Monday; Sanctuary (25 Charles Street East) 5:30-9:30pm tonight, Tuesday 12:30 to 4pm (if still necessary), Moss Park OPS through 7pm tonight.

Sun Nov 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network Just sayin! Photo by @jeffari

Sun Nov 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network Review of the Chrysalis from Audie at Moss Park.

Sun Nov 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network Contact @benivuula if you can help with a storage locker

Wed Nov 11 2020

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Encampment Support Network You might remember Davit from Silos Camp which was cleared for construction by the city in the middle of the summer. Davit is still surviving and has a new message: Never Give Up

Tue Nov 10 2020

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Encampment Support Network 1st photo: setting up for todays press conference at Scadding Court. Comprehensive footage coming. 2nd photo: streets to homes workers went around early this morning offering residents spots at the Better Living Centre glass cage respite. This is the offer given to people after living in the encampment for months. A congregate setting during a global pandemic.

Sun Nov 08 2020

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Encampment Support Network Encampment residents who are refusing to move to the citys new prison- like respite centre hold press conferenceCommunity builds winter safe sleeping pods at Scadding Court encampment DATE: Sunday November 8th, 2pmLOCATION: Scadding Court encampment (South of Dundas, east of Bathurst) On Sunday, Nov 8, at 2 pm people who live in tents at Scadding Court (South of Dundas at Bathurst St.) are holding a press conference to send a message to the City of Toronto: We are not moving into the Citys new, prison-like respite centre, and we are not leaving Scadding Court. This week, the City of Toronto released pictures on Twitter of the Better Living Centre, a respite centre intended to shelter 100 people. Within hours, hundreds of Twitter users responded with horror, comparing the centres rows of sparse plexiglass pods to pictures of immigration detention centres made infamous under the Trump administration. People who have slept at the Better Living Centre this week report that cameras throughout the facility surveil them constantly, that lights are kept on 24 hours each day, and that people must shower in cold water in trailers. Still, city workers are pushing residents of the Scadding Court encampment to move. Some residents have accepted the citys offer. Others have refused. Now, they expect to be forcefully evicted from the park. Domenico Saxida, a resident of Scadding Court said, The city is planning mass evictions from the parks because we dont want to live in their congregate shelters. Hundreds of people a few feet apart in plexiglass? Ill take my chances on the street. Domenico has spent time in city shelters and said he didnt feel safe in them. He compared them to dog kennels, saying dogs at the humane society get treated better. But at the park, Domenico said, there is community. He said neighbours from surrounding houses graciously bring heaters and food, and criticized the city for trying to make homelessness invisible. They arent worried about our safety, he said, they just want us out the way. Im trying to survive out here, end of story. These people are my family, we are not moving out of this park. ...

Sat Nov 07 2020

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Encampment Support Network Mutual aid at Scadding Court - Andrew set this up in front of his house for anyone to take and share - clothes, naloxone, snacks.

Sat Nov 07 2020

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Encampment Support Network ESN parkdale!! Winter build fundraiser. Share and share alike. Since the citys winter plan is insufficient people need to figure out how to keep their tents warm and dry.

Thu Nov 05 2020

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Encampment Support Network Happening now at city Hall. Japanese Canadians against the displacement of people from encampments

Thu Nov 05 2020

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Encampment Support Network Save the date ya people! This Sunday, 2pm - show up to support encampment residents who dont wanna move into glass cages at the Better Living Centre congregate setting shelter. Wear PPE! Keep physical distance. Location Is Scadding Court Encampment!

Thu Nov 05 2020

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Encampment Support Network We keep moving and moving

Thu Nov 05 2020

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Encampment Support Network This is the option being given to encampment residents- plexi glass cages inside the Better Living Centre - a congregate living shelter that fits 80-100 people. Lights on at 7am and out at 11pm. While the rest of the world gets discouraged from congregate settings, this is what unhoused people get offered. If people do not want to accept this offer, weve been told they will be evicted from the parks. @mikelaytonto @joshmatlow @johntory @cllrjoecressy @cllrgordperks would you live here?

Tue Nov 03 2020

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Encampment Support Network Pics from last weeks clothing tables at Scadding. Keep your boots moving to @capitalespresso ! Its cold.

Mon Nov 02 2020

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Encampment Support Network Calling all coffee shops! Who wants to donate some coffee to encampments on the reg? Email: report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line Coffee

Mon Oct 26 2020

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Encampment Support Network Hello dear people - we are looking for a new donations location. A place where drivers pick up our daily supplies to deliver them to encampments. Our ideal location is -Ground level-Easy car access (curbside pick up)-Accessible to our donation committee by key-is in the West end between Roncey and Bathurst-400 to 500 square feet (smaller could work tho)-is Insulated so that our water doesnt freeze. Please email: report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line : Donations Locations if you have a lead on this kind of place. Thank you forever

Mon Oct 26 2020

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Encampment Support Network Poster children for the boot drive at Scadding!

Sat Oct 24 2020

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Encampment Support Network ESN response and fact check of the recent rulings. Full document in our link tree.

Fri Oct 23 2020

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Encampment Support Network A report from the meticulous people in ESN Parkdale about the eviction process at Lamport Stadium between July 24 & August 7. Full report is in our link tree.

Wed Oct 21 2020

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Encampment Support Network Thank you to @capitalespresso for being our drop off location we are having a boot drive! Bring your gently used and new winter adult sized boots for all genders to Capital Espresso and we will get them to encampment residents. Thank you!

Tue Oct 20 2020

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Encampment Support Network @esn.to.4real in the West End Phoenix - @wipeoutbeat writes about it.

Sun Oct 18 2020

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Encampment Support Network Outing in Scadding court

Sat Oct 17 2020

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Encampment Support Network Email report.on.toronto@gmail.com and we will tell you where to drop it off. Heavy duty winter sleeping bags are needed for folks sleeping outside. Thank you!

Thu Oct 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network Rainy day but a good day for burgers. Thanks to @mattymatheson for this massive order of Matty burgers. Much appreciated

Thu Oct 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network The citys winter plan was released on October 6- it offers 560 new spaces, including in congregate settings. @lorrainelamchops did a great breakdown of how flawed their numbers are. 560 is not nearly enough. We can speak to a particularly weird lie: the citys street outreach Streets To Homes does not regularly visit encampments we visit and does not bring water. Actually a bold faced lie. We know, cuz we ask daily.

Sat Oct 10 2020

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Encampment Support Network Clothing you donated made it to Moss Park and Has been making its way around the encampments we serve. Thank you for your donations.

Sat Oct 10 2020

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Encampment Support Network Set up the court house in Moss Park. Watching the hearing here. Wish everyone luck and pray to your higher powers that they stop criminalizing camping in parks.

Thu Oct 01 2020

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Encampment Support Network WHY IS THE CITY OF TORONTO BEING TAKEN TO COURT BY UNHOUSED PEOPLE TWICE ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 1? Tomorrow, Thursday October 1st, the city of Toronto goes to court twice against people who are unhoused and their advocates. One case is about encampments and charter rights. The bodies going to court are: * 13 encampments residents, * Toronto Overdose Prevention Society* Ontario Coalition Against Poverty This is a lawsuit against the City of Toronto for its enforcement of Park by-laws that allow law enforcement to evict people for trespassing because they are camping in public parks. The lawsuit says that eviction for camping is unconstitutional during COVID-19 because alternative shelter is unavailable or where it is available it is unsafe. The other case sees a return to court for the City of Toronto regarding shelters enforcing physical distancing - the Coalition of groups going to court includes: * Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto* Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS)* Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)* Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC)* Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)* HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) The City of Toronto is putting the lives of those experiencing homelessness as well as shelter workers at risk by failing to meet minimum physical distancing standards. A coalition of human rights and housing advocates say the City is not meeting its obligations under a binding settlement agreement it made a few months ago, to ensure homeless shelters meet physical distancing standards. As a result of this serious failure, the coalition is taking the City back to the Ontario Superior Court for a hearing on October 1.

Wed Sep 30 2020

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Encampment Support Network Photographing and videoing encampments and the people living there is a total invasion of privacy, a dehumanizing tactic, and honestly people are totally fed up. After refusing to stop recording and being asked to do so multiple times, a reporter was bit by a residents dog at bellwoods a few weeks ago. Two residents were arrested and charged with assault, but the reporter (whose work we have pictured in later slides ) antagonized and instigated, walked away. This is the criminalization of unhoused people. A close friend of the residents wrote the following response and asked us to post it here. Well wishes in the comments please.

Wed Sep 30 2020

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Encampment Support Network Sundays clothing drive is canceled! We cleaned up today! Thank you everyone so much. Check out 519, Dixon Hall and St. Stephens- they may be accepting donation as well!

Sat Sep 26 2020

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Encampment Support Network The March on Wednesday was led by Indigenous drummers, dancers and all around community leaders. The reason there is a housing crisis is because of colonialism. It is the result of centuries of forced displacement, broken treaties, British property law and land hoarding, not in accordance with the real laws of this land. Thank you to @les.william.harper and @nanookfareal for showing people the way.

Fri Sep 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network Who got pictures of this giant bill to the city and @johntory - we have through all your donations raise $83,000.00 to spend on basic humanitarian aid for our neighbours in encampments who the city refuse to serve. Also a good place to tag your city councillor. Everyone showed up strong yesterday- we cant let the government ignore people. People die.

Thu Sep 24 2020

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Encampment Support Network Club Quarantine is hosting a fundraiser for Encampment Support Network on October 9 from 9pm-12am! We're raising funds to cover basic winter needs for encampment residents that the City of Toronto and John Tory has not yet planned for. Tune in on October 9 for DJ sets from Hunhouse, Nino Brown and Bambii with special performances from Pelada, Slash Need and Tynomi Banks! The winter is already upon us and the funds we are raising are only to fill a gap in city planning. We appreciate you all for supporting us, we shouldn't have to do this, the City of Toronto should! We Need Permanent Housing NOW!! Poster by @husker_dewd cc: @tobias_rochman, @tynomibanks, @bam_bii, @clubhunhouse, @yesyesninobrown, @slashneed

Thu Sep 24 2020

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Encampment Support Network Tag your city councillor and share. Citys plan is not a plan. Here are the demands we put forth with TOronto Overdose Prevention Site and the Shelter Housing Justice Network

Thu Sep 24 2020

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Encampment Support Network If youre coming to the meal and march for Housing on Wednesday the 23rd please read!

Tue Sep 22 2020

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Encampment Support Network Thanks for this beautiful meal! Shanah Tova.

Sun Sep 20 2020

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Encampment Support Network From the people of Moss Park! Come on out on Wednesday September 23 to the meal and march!

Fri Sep 18 2020

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Encampment Support Network Please! This is a fun post! We love you! Just we cant do DM! Just email! Just email! We have lots of info to tell you!

Fri Sep 18 2020

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Encampment Support Network All out for Housing - meal and march next Wednesday September 23! There will be food. There will be music. There will be real community consultation. Keep physical distance. wear PPE. You can even bring your car.

Wed Sep 16 2020

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Encampment Support Network Because the city seems to have no plan for people in encampments for the winter, we have made a Patreon so as not to be scrambling. If you can donate on the reg, do. Link in the bio. This is brutal.

Tue Sep 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network Just a reminder. There is space. There are buildings. People dont have to be homeless. Wednesday September 23rd - 5 pm meal and march for housing.

Tue Sep 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network Mark it in you calendar. March & a meal. All out for housing. Wednesday September 23 starting at 5 at Moss park.

Sun Sep 13 2020

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Encampment Support Network Why thank you @knapsackrecords ~ a little bit of ESN LNP for this fundraiser. Appreciate it!

Tue Sep 08 2020

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Encampment Support Network While we are buoyed by the generosity of community in these times, the fact is we are watching how disposable the lives of unhoused people are. We know people are dying, we know people who have died and we know people who are reeling from grief because their friends have died. The lack of accountability in the citys shelter system is infuriating. We see folks come back to encampments who are traumatized by their friends dying in the shelter system. Rumours of former encampment residents deaths circulate. Its hard to get info on friends. Often people complain about being treated like numbers. Oh the city just wants to claim it moved us so it looks good on paper. In this instance, it would be helpful if the departed would at the least be treated that way. Total rage. @johntory

Tue Sep 08 2020

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Encampment Support Network Sign up for the ESN newsletter- link in bio! Vital info. Thanks for the layout @daddysadthews

Mon Sep 07 2020

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Encampment Support Network Thank You to @randysroti for the donation of hundreds of meals to encampment residents. Pictured here with ESN LNP. And thanks to @lorrainelamchops for coordinating.

Mon Sep 07 2020

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Encampment Support Network Great meal at Scadding yesterday with @thiswayupcollective - Doms fuelled and getting some real height in that swing.

Sun Sep 06 2020

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Encampment Support Network ESN Parkdale member, @gunjan.acupuncture organized acupuncture sessions and treated back pain, grief, insomnia, and stress, and also shared NADA ear acupuncture at the Lamport Stadium encampment this week. How beautiful. From Gunjan's IG"NADA is a 5 point ear acupuncture protocol with a radical history of Black and brown health workers developing non pharmaceutical interventions to address addiction and trauma, as part of a movement to bring healthcare into the hands of community and dismantle oppressive medical institutions. Dr. Mutulu Shakur, one of the leaders of this work remains incarcerated while battles bone cancer." Its important to remind people because this history involving the Young Lords, Black Panthers and Lincoln Detox is often erased and whitewashed.

Sun Sep 06 2020

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Encampment Support Network Some supplies are harder to buy right now, more expensive and harder to support. We didnt think wed have to do this into the fall. We thought the city would house people. Not the case. Winters coming. Life isnt easy. Please keep donating. Write to report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line Donations. Thank you so much and also thanks @heidichomakesart for the graphic

Sat Sep 05 2020

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Encampment Support Network Listen to the first episode of We Are Not The Virus, produced by ESN Members Aliya Pabani and Allie Graham. In this world there are as many stories as there are people (sometimes more), and every encampment is ever changing. Was it Heraclitus that said One Can Not Step Twice Into The Same Encampment? Weve noticed that for the entire summer the media has largely neglected speaking to people living in encampments, privileging the voices of NIMBYs and regurgitating the (confusing) numbers served by City of Toronto PR about how many ppl theyve housed. This can really flatten the complex reality of ppl and leads to one size fits all solutions to the housing crisis (and as were seeing in Toronto, soft institutionalization in the form of shelter hotels). Anyway, heres an audio snapshot of what Moss Park was like back in July and the voices of some of the beautiful people in that community. Share, and like it on all ye podcasting things. Link in bio for how to get it.

Fri Sep 04 2020

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Encampment Support Network Literally we only run cuz thou dost shit like this! Thank ye and ye and ye.

Thu Sep 03 2020

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Encampment Support Network From @jeffari Im posting this photograph and this story because I was asked to, today, by my friends in Moss Park. This kind of thing happens on a regular basis. people need to know what's going on. + + + CW POLICE VIOLENCE / ANTI-BLACK RACISM + + + Sometime last night, maybe around midnight, police swarmed a large group of Black men on the North Side of the park. From what I know, it was a pretty quiet night in the park, people were hanging out and listening to music. The police came to Derek's tent, his home, and busted in with their guns drawn, telling everyone to get down. They said they had a warrant, but never produced one or showed it when they were asked. They handcuffed all the bystanders outside, making it impossible for anyone to film what was happening. A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was at the entrance to the tent - he was beaten, they dragged him down and knocked him out. While he was unconscious, an ambulance was called, and they kept him pinned to the ground, handcuffed, with a knee on his chest. He said that they told him he had to make a choice, go to jail, or go to the hospital. When the paramedics came, the police told them that he had overdosed. They put him in the ambulance and told the police that since he was still handcuffed, the police would have to ride with them to the hospital, to which the police officer replied, "never mind" and took the cuffs off. At the hospital (St. Mikes), with a dislocated shoulder, the paramedics told the doctors that he was faking and nothing was wrong with him - the doctors said they had other patients to deal with, and told him to leave and sleep it off. The police entered and completely destroyed Derek's home. They slashed his two tents, ripping them to shreds. They slashed all of the tarps, they cut up his air mattress, his bed, and broke most of his belongings. When they entered, they dragged him out into the dark of the night and beat the fuck out of him. They said they were looking for a gun, which is a pretty common tactic they use to illegally search and brutalize, and obviously none was found, nothing was seized and no charges were laid, nothing. I repeat, (contd in comments)

Tue Sep 01 2020

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Encampment Support Network Did you know that since Covid toronto has lost 1000 shelter spaces? So we prepare for winter... need your used and slightly mangled tents. We got a crew of tent menders who will help repair them. Write to us at report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line : damaged tent

Fri Aug 28 2020

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Encampment Support Network Actually email us at report.on.toronto@gmail.com

Thu Aug 27 2020

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Encampment Support Network Dost thou know any tent menders? We are looking for people who can mend zippers on tents and patch holes! We need this cuz the city refuses to house people so theyre living in tents, and truly many families have slightly broken tents sitting in their garages. Soooo.... email report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line : tent menders

Tue Aug 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network Please share and tag @johntory and @cllrjoecressy ~ they have refused to provide water for people in encampments for the entire season. Hence we do it for the few encampments we support. But there are dozens of other encampments in the city. We know people are dying in encampments every week, getting sick, ODing. We know it makes people watching feel good that we bring what little we can daily, but this shit is grim. Probably because of our good graphic design it looks sweet. And people are beautiful and sweet. But we shouldnt have to do this. People who are poor are people and their lives matter. It is more than cruel that the city in which they became homeless dont care. It is murderous. Please share and tag. Make these politicians pay (for water and housing).

Tue Aug 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network Hung up at Lamport Stadium. Thinking of all the people living in encampments lost to the OD crisis today. We need Safe Supply and housing for all.

Sat Aug 22 2020

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Encampment Support Network SHARE AND TAG!! We need tents, and we know who has em! Share and tag your favourite outdoor retailer and tell them to redistribute some of that sweet sweet wealth by donating tents to Torontonians who NEED them for more than just weekend getaways. Were looking at you @mec@canadianoutdoorequipment@sailpleinairoutdoors@latulippe@cabelascanada@atmooutdoor@altitudesports@monodsports@liveoutthere@bassproshops@valhallapureoutfitters@mountainhardwear@hennessyhammock@camp_store@bushtukah@wildernesssupply@gearupforoutdoors@skyviewoutdoors

Thu Aug 20 2020

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Encampment Support Network All love to @keepyourrent for halting evictions yesterday.

Wed Aug 19 2020

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Encampment Support Network Subscribe subscribe use the link in the form. Thank u for lay out @daddysadthews

Mon Aug 17 2020

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Encampment Support Network In response to the crusade that was organized by irate NIMBYs in the Yonge & Eglinton community (and perhaps just people who hate poor people in general) we organized a community care festival a few blocks away from Roehampton shelter hotel and the Broadway apartments. People came through and ate some hot dogs and watermelons and chips and drinks and listened to some beautiful music by Tica Holiday and Nick Dourado. We delivered a bunch of dogs and drinks to residents too. Our allied yoga practitioner Indu Vashist even opened the day. Harm reduction workers were on hand and gave trainings to local residents who wanted to learn how to reverse ODs. Even our behind the scenes sign coordinator @club.waaa was there. Thank you to everyone who repped today and we are so glad the counter protestors did their thing and made it tense for the terrible crusaders. Lots of love to everyone. Photos by @jeffari

Sun Aug 16 2020

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Encampment Support Network Lots of PR from the city about building 150 units of Affordable Housing units in Toronto. But what is considered Affordable Housing? Turns out, its not affordable to most of us. Thanks to @jo.guan & M.F. for working on this.

Thu Aug 13 2020

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Mon Aug 10 2020

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Encampment Support Network Wicked BBQ with ESN scadding Court today. Thank you to @sanagansmeatlocker & @theicemantoronto for the good, as well as our secret agents at Loblaws. Had a wicked DJ and @thiswayupcollective showed up with Art SuPplies!

Mon Aug 10 2020

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Encampment Support Network Mending Broken Hearts is Georges caption of choice. The sign on his Tent in Bellwoods reads : Im stuck living here because the Govt Insurance Co did not help me when my wife died from her heart transplant. NOT A LIE OR A JOKE. I need help with food, drinks, and transportation cost. Please I WORK EVERY DAY ! Please (This is not my fault) Please help if you can Please do not take the only home I have Thank you Thank you so much George. Photo by @jeffari

Sat Aug 08 2020

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Encampment Support Network Email report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line : DUMP MONEY graphic by @danikavandersteen

Thu Aug 06 2020

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Encampment Support Network Thanks for your donation: people have nowhere to stay cuz of @johntory @fordnationdougford and @justinpjtrudeau failure to act and provide housing. Please NO DM. Email instructions are in the copy. Thank you to @klassic_kool_shoppe for this poster

Tue Aug 04 2020

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Encampment Support Network We put out poetry on Twitter - help us find storage for our sports drink. As our donations coordinator @shallow___hal said wholesaler will only ship to a business address, if youre near Dundas/Dovercourt-Wallace and have space for ~100 cases of sports drink you would be doing more to hydrate people living in encampments than the city government! Email us: report.on.toronto@gmail.com subject line: SPORT DRINK

Tue Aug 04 2020

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Encampment Support Network Keep informed! Learn whats happening. Sign up for our newsletter via the link in our bio.

Sun Aug 02 2020

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Encampment Support Network We do need money because @johntory refuses to provide. Millionaires, billionaires and fundraising wizards talk to me. Poster by Darby Milbrath

Thu Jul 30 2020

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Encampment Support Network We have the spot with the number one view. Thats why they want us out of here. Never give up. -Davit at Silos, following a week of evictions, has been holding out in his home. Photo by @jeffari and @jillylisa held the flash

Tue Jul 28 2020

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Encampment Support Network These were all very well received by encampment residents at Bellwoods. Thank you. Now remember to tell your city councillor to create RGI housing in the downtown core and in the meantime provide water and sanitation for encampment residents!

Tue Jul 28 2020

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Encampment Support Network ESN Parkdale organized a great meal with @foodbenders and an ice cream truck on moving (or staying) day. Yesterday the city offered 27 spots in a shelter hotel at 401&Kennedy to encampment residents. People ride there on the city bus with a 2 bag limit. Many people remain at Lamport encampment although we understand it is a priority for the city to clear. Lamport stadium encampment residents, despite being close to a respite did not have 24 hour access to washrooms until port-a-potties were installed about 2 weeks ago.

Sat Jul 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network Subscribe to this 4 real ~ even if you didnt donate money, donating your time and skills or apaying attention to this humanitarian crisis in ye olde toronto the great colonial hub is something necessary. Write to us report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line: newsletter

Sat Jul 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network We actually need 43 more first aid kits cuz a bunch of people didnt show up with what they said they would! Email report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line First Aid Kits!! Also need 10 polysporin plz- thank you

Sat Jul 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network No DMs ~ honestly just email us.

Fri Jul 24 2020

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Encampment Support Network Me to We? More like me to we want permanent affordable housing solutions in the downtown core you Krooke Kielburger Kreeps #metowe

Fri Jul 24 2020

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Encampment Support Network Thank you for donating! ESN parkdale reaches the goal!

Thu Jul 23 2020

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Encampment Support Network Yoga in Moss Park with @indu_geita We will do it again!

Tue Jul 21 2020

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Encampment Support Network Derrick Black holding strong in Moss Park. He needs permanent housing now. Photo by @jeffari

Mon Jul 20 2020

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Encampment Support Network This is tomorrrow. Show up. Breathe. Practice with Indu Vashist @indu_geita Residents approve.

Mon Jul 20 2020

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Encampment Support Network Ca$h moves alot of things around me.

Mon Jul 20 2020

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Encampment Support Network uPdate: we have this covered. Thank you all! An Urgent Special project from ESN Scadding Court / Bellwoods Email us for the drop off location ~ its a special spot. Report.on.toronto@gmail.com. Thank you to @linaw_u for this amazing graphic.

Sun Jul 19 2020

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Encampment Support Network For all those asking for updates about the Moss Park situation... please read in full. Its long but we dont have the luxury of brevity when describing the winding tactics of the city.

Sat Jul 18 2020

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Encampment Support Network Again from ESN Scadding Court: @thiswayupcollective knows whats up! Free spicy food in hot weather. Lets replace the S2H staff on the Sunshine list with this amazing crew of BIPOC youth feeding the people in most need. Thank you thank you thank you. Donate to them too!

Sat Jul 18 2020

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Encampment Support Network From ESN Scadding / Trinity Bellwoods snaps of Parks Ambassadors at Scadding Court and Trinity Bellwoods doing wellness checks AKA tent shaking. 1030 am and its 30 degrees and they have no water. Also pictured is water ESN brought to the encampment today. This is why ESN brings water and ice to encampments daily- because the city spends its money on Parks Ambassadors, police and Housing Workers who have no housing to offer. We have never seen the city come through with water - they disturb people in their homes, count tents and take photos of them. Its surveillance not safety. Parks ambassadors telling residents and ESN to work with Streets To Homes(S2H), but Streets To Homes hasnt come by- we know because ESN volunteers have been in the parks almost everyday for 5 weeks and residents at bellwoods havent seen S2H once. People want housing, but instead funding is put into surveillance masked by wellness and paternalism. @cityofto what gives???

Sat Jul 18 2020

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Encampment Support Network There has been a legal challenge to this 24 hour notice of eviction filed by a lawyer. According to the bylaw, 72 hours is necessary. Not that anyone should be evicted, but these people dont even play by their own rules.

Thu Jul 16 2020

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Encampment Support Network Moss Park residents spokesperson responds to eviction.

Thu Jul 16 2020

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Encampment Support Network Please read this survey.

Wed Jul 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network Thank you to you great people- we found our spot. and sorry to Stewart whose design we just ruined.

Wed Jul 15 2020

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Encampment Support Network The city evicted much of Moss Park today because there is a kids camp called CampTO moving in. Apparently campTO cant happen around people living in the park. There are still some people living there though. Most people have been moved to city run hotels - temporary housing set ups. They use the big bus to move people and like 30 city workers to make it all happen. You can see the great resources being put into cleaning up the park- resources that werent made available to the people while they were living there. Well be vigilant and keep people posted about what the experience of the temporary hotel set ups are like. If you havent read / seen the testimonials of people who previously moved there, check out our other posts. Photos by @dangersigns and @shiddyschmidt

Tue Jul 14 2020

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Encampment Support Network Reposted from top photographer @jeffari who is ESN Moss Park. Follow him ... Out here on a Sunday morning in Moss Park as the city comes to move some people who've been living here to temporary/transitional housing. The whole process is very confusing, mostly because there are so many people with different needs and what the city has on offer is limited and comes with limitations. Hotels have been converted to make-shift shelters, complete with workers and lots of rules and restrictions. TV's have been taken out, beds and furniture have been replaced. Right now most of the rooms are double occupancy, which means that in some cases they offer less privacy than a tent. There are no visitors allowed, no alcohol, restrictions on what food can be brought in the room, and often there is no access to outreach workers and other support that people rely on and need. On top of it all, people are being uprooted from neighborhoods in which they have deep relationships, to spots that are far away and unfamiliar. From what I've seen, most people come back within 24hrs, some get kicked out for stuff as stupid as "smelling like weed". These are adults we're talking about, full people, you know? It all seems like a great waste of time, energy and resources - there are so many paid city workers involved in every step of the process, not to mention the things we don't know of, involving the shelters themselves - the deals with developers/laundry services and so on. People need permanent housing, period. I've been doing this pretty much 7 days a week, unpaid. ESN @esn.4real.to is acting like some sort of agency, but we aren't one. I go to the park every day with ice, gatorade, water, socks, tarps, tents, sleeping bags, pillows, food, snacks, gift cards... lots of stuff, we get it all from donations. I've really gotten to know people and there is deep and mutual, love & respect. The city plans to move people out for a kids camp that wants to use the park. The problem, as they see it, is that there is a park full of people living in tents and a lot of those people use drugs. They have no real plan for housing, so they dance around with vaguery and try to move people without ...

Mon Jul 13 2020

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Encampment Support Network ESN LNP doing a dump run. Its hard to keep a yard clean when the city doesnt provide garbage receptacles or pick up. Honestly we know we shouldnt be having to do this trash just as we shouldnt be depended on to bring people water, but the city seems happy to let people make a mess and stoke NIMBY complaints. Cops hassle people about garbage too. This neglect is not alright. If you wanna help collect garbage or have a vehicle, join our garbage crew. write to report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line : Dump Run

Sun Jul 12 2020

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Encampment Support Network We have been doing clean up for different encampments because while the city complains about the garbage accumulating, it often doesnt help people with garbage disposal. If you are a person with a truck or are related to that 1-888-clear-My-Junk guy, please do call. And by call we mean email. We like email not DM. Thank you so much. Thank you to @darbymilbrath for the graphic.

Sun Jul 12 2020

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Encampment Support Network Wooly at Scadding Court commissioned this wonderful t-shirt. I Make Homelessness Look Good Wicked collaboration between him and @daddysadthews and coordinated by @shallow___hal & @gingergdean and printed by @hughs.room #ESNspecialprojects

Sat Jul 11 2020

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Encampment Support Network Folks at This Way Up know whats up. @thiswayupcollective brought delicious best food to Scadding Court encampment. Potatoes like butter is a review often overheard. Thank you to these absolute amazing cooks and community members. People loved it.

Sat Jul 11 2020

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Encampment Support Network UPDATED: we have enough tarps thanks to you great people. Thanks to @daddysadthews for this great image.

Sat Jul 11 2020

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Encampment Support Network Police have been entering tents and shaking people down. Defund the police and spend the budget on housing.

Sat Jul 11 2020

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Encampment Support Network A little information here about the Faulkner Report from we at @esn.to.4real , our allied outreach workers as illustrated by the real one @michael.deforge . Thinking of Grant Faulkner and all the stuff the city knows it should provide people. Makes you wanna throw your hand up when they blame people living in tents for the lack of safety. Please read.

Tue Jul 07 2020

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Encampment Support Network Lots of you have been suggesting we try to get the @cityofto s free water truck so that the people of Moss Park could have access to water. Well, the effort was made. City wont give it up.

Mon Jul 06 2020

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Encampment Support Network Today members of @esn.to.4real @torontoodpreventionsociety and @mossparkops teamed up to bring some nice things apart from the regular water, Gatorade, ice and harm reduction supplies to the 60+ people@living in Moss Park: pizza (courtesy of @makerpizza and @mattymatheson and an ice cream truck). We all can learn a lot from TOPS and Moss Park OPS and their valiant fight and victory in making and taking what they need amidst the terror of the drug war. All respect to them!

Sun Jul 05 2020

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Encampment Support Network thanks for heeding the call for water. People are also in need of tents. We have noticed a backlog in online ordering so if you can go pick em up and deliver them, thats fantastic. Email : report.on.toronto@gmail.com if the hours for drop off dont work for you. And remember, every time you donate or purchase something for your neighbours in tents, let your city councillor and John Tory know that you want more RGI housing in the city. (Social housing wait list is over 102,000 households long so the new modular homes are literally a drop in the ocean). Till then, people living in tents should be provided with water trucks, sanitation stations and washrooms. Thanks everybody. Thank you to Diana @dianalynnvdm for this graphic!

Tue Jun 30 2020

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Encampment Support Network Legend Zoe Dodd speaks to the water situation in Moss Park. We hear a lot of NIMBYs and Politicians talking about safety - meanwhile the basic human right of housing and water is not provided to people who are in encampments. Tell @johntory and @kristynwongtam to turn on the water at Moss Park. If the community garden can get sprinkled surely people can drink. Video by @jeffari

Mon Jun 29 2020

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Encampment Support Network Recently John Tory and Doug Ford have come out to say that people should not be living in parks. As though their governments are not the ones responsible for the housing crisis. The vast majority of people we meet dont want to be living in parks. Some do, sure, and some want to keep living in their neighborhoods close to friends, family, community and services. But from the vast majority the message is clear give us housing. Not hotels with curfews on the outskirts of town away for social services. Not dressed up institutionalisation. Housing with social supports. Till then, turn on the water and take care of the people. Everyone who donates water and goods - we are so grateful. We are doing the bare minimum to keep people hydrated, as the city turns its back. Please make sure you write to John Tory and voice your support for opening housing. When the NIMbYs complain of visible poverty and fearing violence, lets remember that if this wasnt happening out in the open, it would still be happening and hidden. The widespread and continual violence people endure happens at the hands of indifferent capitalists, the police, and politicians who dont care about their poorest constituents.

Mon Jun 29 2020

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Encampment Support Network Note: no longer in need of water at Trinity! Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink if you are living in a tent and the city doesnt turn on the water or provide much needed infrastructure. We are in contact with a lot of different organizations who do great work and Church of the Holy Trinity, right by the Eaton centre, is one of them. They asked us to signal boost their need for water. Sun-Friday 10:30-12:00 for drop off. These people run a great drop-in service and there is an encampment around their building. Would be cool if the city provided water trucks, but as it is were depending on the good will of neighbours. Thanks to ESN volunteer @patersinister for this beautiful poster.

Fri Jun 26 2020

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Encampment Support Network ESN sign project hanging high at the silo camp.

Thu Jun 25 2020

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Encampment Support Network Donate Money or donate*Tents * Sleeping bags * Pillows * Water * Fire extinguishers * Gatorade * Larabars * Gift cards $25 for Sobeys, Dollarama,Tim Hortons, Shoppers Drug Mart, Freshco. To arrange please email: report.on.toronto@gmail.com with subject line : Donations. Thank you kindly.

Tue Jun 23 2020

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Encampment Support Network Please share this widely- encampments. Were hearing a lot of complaints about encampments in the media. What we dont hear is how encampment residents are subject to all kinds of harassment by people in their neighborhoods (no joke, one encampment had someone throw golf balls at it from afar). Mayor John Tory last weekend even insinuated that people are living in encampments to prove a political point. This is definitely not the case. People are living in encampments because the city doesnt provide long term housing options. We hope this little primer opens up conversations about why people are living in tents. A big big thank you to @michael.deforge for illustration and ESN volunteer @___deep_condition for initiating this piece, and to all the volunteers and outreach workers who refined the text .

Mon Jun 22 2020

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Encampment Support Network Ginger hooked us up with @theicemantoronto and they hooked us up with coolers for some encampments. Because its scorching ( and at Moss Park the city hasnt turned on the water ) it allows people to keep their food fresh, and their drinks cold. Truly vital. Thank you Ice Man. Now we do daily drops to people, and holler the Ice Man is here! If you are a local business that wants to support your community members living in tents, we can help coordinate. Also we encourage you just doing it yourself! We have to take care of each other.

Sun Jun 21 2020

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Encampment Support Network Lil Man is the top poser. He says dont forget people in the North End of Moss Park.

Sun Jun 21 2020

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Encampment Support Network Moss Park where there are over fifty tents and the city wont turn on the water.

Sun Jun 21 2020