Nearly $2-million spent by City of Toronto on park encampment clearings this summer

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Nearly $2-million spent by City of Toronto on park encampment clearings this summer's Profile


The City of Toronto has come out with the final costs of a trio of encampment clearings that happened during the summer.

Dozens were arrested during the clearings, which happened at Trinity Bellwoods Park on June 22, at Alexandra Park on July 20 and outside Lamport Stadium the following day. Following the latter incidents, five Toronto councillors penned an open letter criticizing the violence.

In total, just under $2-million was spent on staffing, fencing and clean-up efforts (including soil replacement, new grass and the removal of debris).

At Trinity Bellwoods, $416,690 was spent on staffing and $54,700 was spent on cleaning.

At Alexandra Park, $200,049 was spent on staffing and $375,156 was spent on cleaning.

At Lamport Stadium, $223,388 was spent on staffing and $362,812 was spent on cleaning.

A further $357,000 was spent on the fences erected by city officials ahead of the evictions.

This adds up to a total of $1,989,795.

City officials have argued that encampments carry a fire risk and encroach on public property. Conversely, advocates have argued that the shelter system carries a risk of violence and isolation.

Both police and protesters have allegedly suffered injuries during these clashes.

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