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Officials raise concerns over potential impacts of unsanctioned street gatherings during Homecoming

The City of Waterloo, police, paramedics, and both universities issued a joint statement Thursday denouncing the behaviour
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Thousands of students stand shoulder-to-shoulder on Ezra Street for Homecoming celebrations in 2018. CityNews 570.

Concerns are being raised about the impacts of any large unsanctioned street gatherings, now that Laurier's Homecoming weekend is officially underway.

Community partners issued a joint statement Thursday afternoon, calling for an end to the street parties that they call unsafe and dangerous. 

It comes just over two weeks after an unsanctioned gathering was held on Ezra Avenue that saw hundreds of students in attendance, vehicles damaged, and at least two people injured. 

Police, bylaw, and special constables have been collaborating over the past month to increase their security presence and enforcement through the university district of Waterloo. 

Officials said they're worried that any unsanctioned gatherings over Homecoming will increase the demand on emergency services and lead to a strain on resources, including our already overwhelmed hospital system. 

"Large street gatherings can be dangerous and put everyone at risk - including those emergency responders and law enforcement officers who are trying to help," read the joint statement. "There is risk for the community at large when those teams cannot respond to emergency calls."

Students and alumni are being reminded that if they're caught engaging in unlawful activity they could face fines, charges, suspension, or expulsion. 

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