LEVY: Lawlessness follows druggies into downtown neighbourhoods

LEVY: Lawlessness follows druggies into downtown neighbourhoods

She was screaming obscenities at two security officers from Ryerson University when I happened upon her outside The Works — the Toronto Public Health (TPH) safe-injection site on Victoria St.

While she repeatedly shouted “F— this and  f—that ” and traded insults about who was the bigger whore with another client of The Works, a tour group of young students from Mexico walked by.

They must have thought they’d landed in the slums, not in one of the most high-traffic tourist areas of what was once Toronto the Good.

I followed her along Dundas St. West as she banged on the glass of Jack Astor’s, a restaurant situated across from Yonge-Dundas Square. When she returned to the same spot 15 minutes later — smelling of urine — I learned from one of the security officers that she is a “regular” client of the safe-injection site, in addition to being mentally unstable, and was having a bad day.

LEVY: Lawlessness follows druggies into downtown neighbourhoods

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