Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star–Timothy Schmalz’s sculpture, Jesus the Homeless, outside Regis College at the University of Toronto. A judge ruled on Friday that Queen’s Park and Parliament are the best places to address homelessness, not the courts.
Homeless people have been denied their day in court in the wake of an Ontario Superior Court decision that dismisses a landmark Charter case, say lawyers who vow to appeal.
“This case is about the fundamental principle of access to justice in our society,” said Tracy Heffernan, of the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, which is representing the applicants.
“By denying them the chance to present their evidence, the court suggests that poor people cannot rely on Charter protection,” she added.
The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) and four Toronto individuals launched the Charter challenge in May 2010.