Former homeless man's $65,000 in fines quashed by court in Canada
A court in Ontario has agreed to quash $65,000 Canadian dollars worth of tickets racked up during one man’s nine-year stint living on the streets, in a case that has sparked debate on the effectiveness of legislation that criminalises homelessness. Gerry Williams spent years trapped in a cycle of alcoholism and homelessness. Encounters with the police often left him with a battery of tickets for non-criminal offences, from drinking in public to loitering. At the time, he paid little attention.