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This is the second time Ontario's Safe Streets Act has been challenged constitutional law before the courts.

Courts: Ontario defends its law on panhandling

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The plaintiffs argue that the law targets the most vulnerable people in society, prohibiting them from committing “the desperate act of begging for change.”

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Ontario defended the Safe Streets Act on Wednesday, arguing in court that it helps protect the public from aggressive solicitation. The law was originally passed to prohibit people from cleaning car windshields at intersections in cities, but the Fair Change agency maintains that it is unconstitutional.

Government lawyers concede that the homeless are vulnerable and economically disadvantaged in society, but they add in the same breath that the law is not responsible for their misfortune.

Mike Harris' panhandling law challenged again 25 years later

The law prohibits aggressive panhandling and solicitation in public places such as bus shelters, bank tellers, parking meters, public restrooms and taxi ranks.

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Mike Harris was Premier of Ontario from 1995 to 2002.

Violators are subject to a fine of $500 for a first offense and repeat offenders are subject to a fine of $1,000 or up to six month in prison.

The Dalton McGuinty government amended the law in 2005 to exclude authorized charities.

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