Coalition for the Repeal of Ontario’s Safe Streets Act

The Ontario Safe Streets Act is ineffective, expensive and inhumane. Join the Coalition to Repeal the Safe Streets Act!

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About the Coalition for the Repeal of Ontario’s Safe Streets Act (CROSSA)

The Coalition for the Repeal of Ontario’s Safe Streets Act (CROSSA) is dedicated to the repeal of the Act.

We are guided by the following core beliefs and principles:

  • People who experience homelessness should be treated with dignity, respect and fairness before the law.
  • Laws and practices that criminalize people for being homeless are inhumane, unjust and counterproductive in our efforts to prevent, reduce and end homelessness.
  • Such laws and practices – including the Ontario Safe Streets Act - should be repealed and efforts should be made to ameliorate the negative consequences these laws and practices have on individuals who are subjected to them.

Why have we formed a coalition?

This December marks the 15th Anniversary of the SSA. The SSA has had a negative impact on the safety and well-being of people who are homeless or street-involved. Because homeless people have to do things in public spaces that housed individuals do not (e.g., sleeping, eating and drinking, making money), the SSA has disproportionately impacted homeless individuals, contributing to the criminalization of homelessness and poverty. This in no way supports an end to homelessness.

Current Members

Member Organizations:

  • Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
  • Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
  • Fair Change Community Services
  • Hamilton Community Legal Clinic/Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton
  • Homes First
  • John Howard Society of Toronto
  • Justice for Children and Youth
  • London Homeless Coalition
  • National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness
  • Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto
  • Toronto Police Accountability Coalition

Individuals:

  • Kristina Agosti from Toronto, Ontario
  • Hillary Allen, Margaret's Housing & Community Support Services
  • Angela Allen
  • Shelly Archibald from Sioux Lookout, Ontario
  • Mandy Ashton from Toronto, Ontario
  • Justine Barone from Scarborough, Ontario
  • Carl Beaupre from Kingston, Ontario
  • Shannon Bernhardt from Brampton, Ontario
  • Michaela Beder, psychiatrist from Toronto, Ontario
  • Mary Birdsell, Justice for Children and Youth
  • Simon Black, Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University
  • Caitlin Boros, Raising the Roof
  • Michael Braithwaite, 360° kids
  • John Broadfoot Wilkins, lawyer from Toronto, Ontario
  • Ken Brooks, Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic 
  • Michael Bryant, former Ontario Attorney General
  • Kristy Buccieri, Trent University
  • Mike Bulthuis, Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
  • Terry Burden, Sudbury Action Centre for Youth
  • King-mong Chan, from Richmond, BC
  • Ali Charlebois, Inner City Health Associates
  • Mary Charles, WrapAround Hamilton
  • Lynda Cheng from Toronto, Ontario
  • Alexandra Chis, University of Guelph
  • Isaac Coplan, Ryerson University
  • Laurie Cummings, CMHA Middlesex
  • Chris Dalton, CSCS Ottawa
  • Roxanne Danielson, Inner City Family Health Team
  • Kolin Davidson, Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre
  • Vanessa Davies, Davies Law Office
  • Brian Davis, Houselink Community Homes
  • Roger Dawson from Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Angela Day from Toronto, Ontario
  • Peggy-Gail Dehal-Gunraj, Parkdale Community Legal Services
  • Erin Dej, University of Ottawa
  • Marie-Andrée Denis-Boileau, Gatineau, Québec
  • Jesse Donaldson, Impakt
  • Natalie Doummar from Brampton, Ontario
  • E. Duncan from Toronto, Ontario
  • John Ecker, University of Ottawa 
  • Tamsyn Farr from Ottawa, Ontario
  • Andrew Fiori from Huntsville, Ontario
  • Tyler Frederick, UOIT
  • Robert French, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity 
  • Stephen Gaetz, York University
  • Gomo George, Fred Victor
  • John Giannitsopoulos, St. Michael's Hospital - Mental Health
  • Freda Gluck from Toronto, Ontario
  • Sharon Goodier from Toronto, Ontario
  • Anita Grace, Carleton University
  • Jonathan Greene, Trent University
  • Jane Henderson, Choices for Youth
  • Margaret Humphries from Waterloo, Ontario
  • Julia Huys, Justice for Children and Youth
  • Catal Huyuk from North York, Ontario
  • Bernadette John, North York Womens' Centre
  • Margel Juarez from Mississauga, Ontario
  • Carol Kauppi, Laurentian University
  • Susan Kasurak from Toronto, Ontario
  • Roger Keil, York University
  • Terrilee Kelford, Kelford Youth Services Inc 
  • Christine Kelsey from Innisfil, Ontario
  • Fran Klodawsky from Ottawa, Ontario
  • Alison Kooistra, Independent consultant
  • Therese Lane from Toronto, Ontario
  • Carol Lee, South Riverdale Community Health Centre 
  • Ray Lee, Light Patrol
  • Melody Li, Homeless Connect Toronto
  • E. Lonero from Peterborough, Ontario
  • Greg MacEachern, Ontario Works
  • Randy MacTaggart from London, Ontario
  • MaryKay MacVicar, Street Health
  • Johanna Macdonald, Lawyer from Toronto, Ontario
  • Ryan Maddeaux, Thompson Rivers University
  • Sayonara Mairena from Mississauga, Ontario
  • Espoir Manirambona, Ottawa Panhandlers Union
  • Allyson Marsolais, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
  • Sandra McKay, McMaster University
  • Margarita Mendez, Nellie's - Women's Hostels Inc.
  • Yvonne Meyer, Verity Hubs
  • Leah Micallef from Toronto, Ontario
  • Sabina Mirza, York University
  • Louise Moody, Toronto Christian Resource Centre
  • Marina Moore from Toronto, Ontario
  • Jason Montgomery from Mississauga, Ontario
  • Patricia Mueller, Homes First
  • Pascal Murphy, Ryerson University
  • Joanna Nefs, Fair Change Community Services
  • Naomi Nichols, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
  • Vanessa Oliver, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Emmet O'Reilly from Toronto, Ontario
  • Abe Oudshoorn, University of Western Ontario
  • Bill O’Grady, University of Guelph
  • Beverly Orser, York University
  • Jaimie Page from Toronto, Ontario
  • Emily Paradis, University of Toronto
  • Greg Paul, Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto
  • Adriana Perez, Canadian Immigration Services
  • Jenna Pilon, Justice for Children and Youth
  • Charles Purdy, Fieldstone Co-operative Homes 
  • Marianne Quirouette, University of Toronto
  • Kapri Rabin, Street Health
  • Isabelle Raffestin, Clinique Droits Devant
  • Melanie Redman, National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness
  • Sarah Rice, London Intercommunity Health Center 
  • Jonathon Robart, Scarborough Community Legal Services
  • Jenn Robinson, Conestoga College
  • Oxana Roudenko, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
  • Cheryl Rowe, Inner City Health Associates
  • Geraldine Sadoway, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
  • Stephanie Sarmiento from Toronto, Ontario
  • Naomi Sayers from Garden River, Ontario
  • Kaitlin Schwan, Univeristy of Toronto
  • John Sewell, Toronto Police Accountability Coalition
  • Leslie Shanks, Inner City Health Associates
  • Rayna Slobodian, York University
  • Lindsay Snow, Centretown CHC
  • Lyf Stolte, Sanctuary
  • Nick Swan from Toronto, Ontario
  • Marie-Eve Sylvestre, University of Ottawa - Section de droit civil 
  • Shannon Taylor, South Riverdale Community Health Centre
  • Naomi Thulien, Covenant House Toronto
  • Francis Villeneuve Ménard, LL.M. student at the University of Ottawa
  • Brigitte W., Mainstay Housing
  • Stephanie Wasylyk from Mississauga, Ontario
  • Renée Wilson from Cambridge, Ontario
  • Daphne Winland from Toronto, Ontario
  • Barhet Woldemariam, London CAReS
  • Elis Ziegler, Toronto Drop In Network
  • Alexander Zsager, Independent researcher

*Updated March 4, 2016

Joining the Coalition

We are open to individuals and organizations that support our goal and share our guiding beliefs and core principles. Please click this link if you want to join the Coalition for the Repeal of Ontario’s Safe Streets Act.