UPDATE - Park Problems
The councillor has been in contact with me all week. They had several more complaints regarding the lab and the pitbull which the homeless men have with them. Several families including ours complained that the men were naked and cleaning their genitals in the fountain in front of many children who were in the park and the daycare which faces it. They have been offered help and offered shelter. They have been refusing it. They have been warned the dogs will be taken away from them as they are using the pitbull as an intimidation factor.
I just received an update that two of the three men finally agreed today to going to a shelter but, have not left as of yet.
The councillor's office received hundreds of complaints from the neighbourhood residents and the neighbourhood businesses.
The dog is the biggest issue and the children seeing the men's genitals are also a cause for concern. The men were drunk when bathing and not very discreet about what they were doing. The other great concern was for safety. They were under a massive pine tree where they live currently and lighting fires to heat up food. The concern not only for their own safety but, for the park which is full of trees and surrounding area.
I will let you know what happens. I thought I would update everyone as the situation has gotten better but, only since it got worse.
Someone commented on my NO WALK IN THE PARK blog that she thought I was very self righteous. Easy for her to say as she does not live in this area. She does not have to worry about her dog being attacked or bringing her children there or not be able to sleep at night because the men are so drunk they are yelling at each other and their dogs. Hey! She should let them stay at HER house...there's an idea!
Check all all the comments in the NO WALK IN THE PARK blog.
Anyhow, keep you all posted!