Ban Ezra-Scale Parties In The Region Of Waterloo
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Does it make sense for people of the Region Of Waterloo to be inconvenienced because a bunch of university students want to get drunk to the point of becoming sick, causing damage, and impacting key routes of the Grand River Transit system?
Of course not. Yet, that is what happened to me as a result of the Ezra Street Party on St. Patrick's Day in 2018 (the year this petition started) and in 2019.
The Ezra Street Party has a negative impact on transit service along King Street in the forum of detouring. It also causes property damage, is a strain on EMS, police (who have been assaulted), and fire resources, damages both public and private property, puts people's safety at risk, and portrays the Region of Waterloo as a drunken party town instead of being a technological innovator and an alternative to Toronto as a place to live a comfortable urban lifestyle.
This unsanctioned and unlawful assembly also costs the Region a great deal of money the taxpayers will ultimately pay for.
I cannot find one reason why the people of the Region should be subjected to the aftereffects of large gatherings like the Ezra Street St. Patrick's Day Party. It causes major traffic disruptions, disorderly conduct and lewd behaviour.
Let me be clear about the most important thing. This was an unlawful, unsanctioned gathering with no permit. The participants there, despite their protestations of exercising their right to freedom of expression and movement, have broken the law. They endangered not only themselves but those around them.
Enough is enough. It's time to shut down parties like Ezra Street once and for all. It is my intention to send this petition to present to Regional Chair Karen Redman to pass a motion to ban these parties.
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