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Mayor Katz welcomes aggressive panhandling bylaw
New bylaw will provide police with tools to address the problem

WINNIPEG - June 13, 2005 - Committed to taking steps to create a city with a downtown where people can feel safe and secure, Mayor Sam Katz today unveiled a new bylaw that will provide police with the legal authority to crack down on aggressive panhandling around ATMs, banks, bus stops as well as downtown's covered walkway systems.

"Aggressive panhandling is an unacceptable blight on our downtown community," said Katz. "Business organizations and citizens have consistently identified this issue as something that has to be addressed, and the police have said they will need a new tool if they are going to do that. We will be introducing this bylaw to give them that tool."

The bylaw will prohibit aggressive panhandling in areas where citizens can't reasonably be expected to simply avoid the problem, such as ATMs, outside of banks and credit unions, and around bus stops. The prohibition will also apply to areas within the weather-protected walkway system of downtown Winnipeg.

"You should be able to use the bank machine any time you want, and you should be able to wait at the bus stop any time you want, and you should be able to do it without having to tolerate aggressive panhandling," said Katz.

The bylaw, together with recommendations supporting implementation, will go forward for public input at a special meeting of the Protection and Community Services Committee on June 21. Pending the decision of the committee, the bylaw will be considered for the first time by City Council on June 29.

Last update: 13.06.2005

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