Couple of things:Agreed. That's why money for transit shouldn't be used to install fare gates to keep homeless people out of stations. It should be used to improve service and reliability.
Social disorder is the responsibility of the province and the City should continue to ask them to step up.
1. The City already gives out free monthly passes under the PATH program for homeless individuals, so fare gates shouldn't prevent most folks legitimately in need from using LRT
2. Fare gates do create a "safe space" or "zone" and will keep out those who are there just to hang out/use drugs or prey on others, including preying on the less fortunate, by demarcating/controlling a fare-paid space - it does make a difference. I think there are lots of homeless people who aren't randomly aggressive, violent, using drugs, and/or in gangs. Some people are just down on their luck. We really need protect those people too, and fare gates would benefit them too.