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Homeless advocates win court battle against City of Toronto over physical distancing in shelters – CBC

City didn’t follow original settlement agreement reached May 15, activists argued

Oct 16, 2020

Housing advocates in Toronto have won their lawsuit alleging that the city misled them about physical distancing in its homeless shelter system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coalition of groups argued that the city claimed on June 15 that it had ensured there was physical distancing in its homeless shelters, even though officials knew that the city was not in compliance with a settlement agreement it reached with the groups on May 15.

Those groups — including Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto, Aboriginal Legal Services, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, the Black Legal Action Centre, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario — took the city to court in September, arguing that it was in breach of the agreement.

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