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Opinion: The Trinity Bellwoods crackdown was not surprising — but there is a better way to respond to encampments

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on July 10, 2021 - 2:15pm

"As researchers of policing and homelessness, we have seen an unmistakable rise in homeless sweeps and encampment crackdowns since the late 1990s. This response to visible poverty results from a collision of forces, both in Canada and the United States: the decline of affordable housing and mental-health services, and local governments’ desires to revitalize business districts, boost tourism and attract high-income residents," write Katherine Beckett, professor of sociology and of law, societies and justice at the UW, and Forrest Stuart of Stanford University.

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