Winnipeg Panhandling By-law update

In a move which recognized that discrimination against poor people will no longer be tolerated, Winnipeg City Council passed a new by-law today on "obstructive solicitation" which made no reference to panhandling. The by-law, which replaces a former anti-panhandling by-law, was accepted by the National Anti-Poverty Organization, a group which had legally challenged the panhandling by-law for its violation of poor people's rights to free expression and to equal treatment under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.