Bill 58Thunder Bay 29 Nov 2005 05:37 GMT
The change comes at the behest of organizations such as Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the Ottawa boot drive who claim to have lost $1 million and $800,000 respectively since the law came into effect because they have been unable to solicit donations on the streets.
Panhandling, squeegeeing, and other .... will remain illegal under the controversial act as will non licensed "phony non-profit organizations [who] could misuse this privilege".
1. Section 3 of the Safe Streets Act, 1999, as amended by the Statutes of Ontario, 2002, chapter 17, Schedule F, Table, is amended by adding the following subsection: Permitted fund-raising by charities (3) Subsection (2) does not apply to fund-raising activities that meet the following conditions: 1. They are conducted by a charitable organization recognized by Revenue Canada. 2. They are conducted by a non-profit organization on a roadway where the maximum speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour. 3. They are permitted by a by-law of the municipality.
Gilles Bisson, the lone Northern Ontario representative in the meetings, speaks his mind to IMC TBay on the potential ineffectiveness of the bill and the continuation of the criminalization of Northern Ontario's homeless.