CN permitting removal of homeless camp in Sault Ste. Marie

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Screenshot from the video sent to saultonline

After receiving footage and an e-mail about an unauthorized homeless camp set up on CN property, north of the swing bridge, SaultOnline has learned it is to be removed.

A homeless camp with tunnels, sleeping structures and other daily living amenities is located between the yard behind the Machine Shop and the bridge.

A letter obtained from a representative of CN states,

“To whom it may concern:

Please use this email to inform you that you have my permission to remove the homeless camp from CN Railroad property north of the Sault Ste. Marie ONT. Swing Bridge located in Parks Canada Saint Marys Falls.

With a recent increase in vandalism, theft, and break-ins at the bridge, I am sure that this will result in fewer crimes directed against my bridge.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.”

SaultOnline will bring you more information in regards to this developing situation as it becomes available.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Looking forward to more a complete story….
    Was the letter to local CN authorities? To City Police Service, RCMP? Some other agency/authority? Who wrote the letter?
    Does ‘remove’ mean those there, by force? And/or whatever structures? Who pays for material removal?
    What comment do the following have? Enforcement authorities; Algoma Public Health; Social Services; others?

    • These are all good questions that I would like to know the answers to as well. Also, what about the people. Where will they go? It’s home to them regardless of the fact that many couldn’t possibly understand that.

  2. So are they giving them homes or just kicking them out of there to leave them wondering and homeless. Exactly what were they hurting by living there… An awful lot of money has been given to homeless shelters by the province. Wonder how they’ll help these homeless people.

    • Well seeing that it says “With a recent increase in vandalism, theft, and break-ins at the bridge, I am sure that this will result in fewer crimes directed against my bridge.” I think it’s a safe bet that it is hurting someone else’s property. I would also double down that bet, by saying destruction of someone else’s land..you know, by digging tunnels, cutting down trees, leaving trash, and what-haves. I know I’d be pretty upset if people came into my backyard and started tearing it up, and putting a latrine beside my veggies.

  3. The presence of tunnels makes me question if this is a homeless camp or if it’s another smuggling operation like the other ones that were discovered over the past several years.

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