Abbotsford gives homeless ultimatum to clear out of city park

Dec 19 2017, 8:56 am

The City of Abbotsford has given a homeless camp located at a city-owned park until today to clear out. The municipality will go to the B.C. Supreme Court if Jubilee Park is not cleared out by the 4 p.m. deadline.

City officials are arguing there are fire and safety issues with the “protest” campsite’s open flames and propane heaters inside tents as well as makeshift structures. It has also been a beacon for criminal activity and open drug use.

Concerns have risen ever since a very near fatal overdose and serious assault last week – measures are being taken to avoid another Occupy Vancouver.

Abbotsford wants the camp’s homeless and protesters to utilize local shelters and return to their homes if they have one.

However, the camp will likely not be coming down today with the deadline of the 48-hour ultimatum. The campers are looking for some “meaningful conversation” on the issues of homelessness and drug addiction in Abbotsford. The camp was erected weeks ago to convince the municipality to establish a semi-permanent homeless camp or a “dignity village” modelled after Portland.

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