The city’s task force for cleanliness and security in the downtown core is investigating having a police officer and bylaw enforcement officer dedicated to curbing the behaviours after a downtown property owner raised concerns to the committee about the impact on downtown business.
The city’s task force is looking at a three-year pilot project modelled after a similar effort in Barrie, Ont.
The Barrie program comes with a nuisance bylaw forbidding activities such as busking, profanity, picking through the garbage or forming a crowd to block other pedestrians.
It’s just an idea right now, said Coun. Jason Farr of Ward 2, who chairs the task force. City staff and local police will report back on July 14. But he wants to hear from poverty advocates too.
“We know it was successful in Barrie, and we have had some issues,” said Farr. “There is the possibility of doing the same here. What’s imperative is that we hear from all members of the public.”
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