Lawyer Peter Rosenthal, the clinic’s counsel, said he believes enough evidence has now been amassed to prove the law’s harmful effects.

“One thing that’s different from the beginning of this act is we now have the experience that Fair Change and others can report on of the devastating effects of this act on homeless people and other poor people who are forced to panhandle,” he said.

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government at the time passed the law, but the Liberal government introduced an amendment to exempt registered charities, Rosenthal noted.

“In our view that strengthens our argument about how discriminatory this act is,” he said.

New Democrat Cheri DiNovo also has a private member’s bill before the provincial legislature to repeal the Safe Streets Act, but it has seen no movement since it passed first reading in October 2016.