Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Proposed Changes Would Further Restrict Panhandling in Saskatoon

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Proposed Changes Would Further Restrict Panhandling in Saskatoon

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Saskatoon looking to restrict panhandling

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SASKATOON - The city of Saskatoon is looking into bylaw changes that would further restrict panhandling.

They propose making it illegal to ask for money within two metres of a parking pay station or within eight metres of the entrance to a theatre, cinema or performance venue.

The current bylaw already forbids panhandlers from following people and bans begging near liquor stores, banks and ATMs.

Recommendations that panhandlers either sit or stand still and that would bar them near bars or restaurants selling alcohol were rejected.

Administration pointed out that begging has been ruled a legal activity by the courts, and cities are forbidden from creating bylaws that would make panhandling forbidden on entire city blocks.

Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark says tightening up the bylaw won't solve aggressive panhandling. …

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