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November 21, 2011
City of Toronto calls on protestors to respect Court decision
The City of Toronto is pleased by Mr. Justice David M. Brown’s ruling announced today that the City's notice issued on November 15 is constitutionally valid. The City respectfully asks Occupy Toronto and others occupying St. James Park for their cooperation in peacefully complying with that ruling.

The City is grateful that Mr. Justice Brown has upheld its right to require that the tents or other structures not be erected or maintained in our parks, and that individuals not use, gather or enter City parks from 12.01 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

“The City has worked to balance people's right to protest with public safety. However, this unauthorized use of a City park has interfered with the rights local residents have to the quiet enjoyment of their parks and homes and has negatively affected many area businesses. City parks are for all residents to enjoy and there are bylaws that govern their use that must be respected. It is time for this to come to a peaceful end," said Mayor Rob Ford.

“Protestors are required to remove all tents, shelters or other structures,” said City Manager Joseph Pennachetti. “The City is willing to assist to ensure the safe and orderly removal of these materials. We are asking for protestors to cooperate and respect the Court’s decision. It is our intent to facilitate this peacefully.”

Shelter, Support and Housing Administration staff will continue to be available at the Adelaide Women’s Resource Centre to assist anyone who may need help with shelter, housing or other supports.

The City extends its appreciation to the Court for its timely consideration of this matter.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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