31 October 2008

Victoria's Ongoing War on the Homeless Cont'd

More arrests today.

Sgt. Grant Hamilton said officers moved in to make arrests around 9 a.m. PT on Friday....

The arrests follow the previous arrests of five people who set up a makeshift tent city this month in Victoria's Beacon Hill Park.

That tent city was set up following a decision, also this month, in which the Supreme Court of B.C. struck down a Victoria bylaw that banned people from camping overnight in public parks.

The ruling said it is unconstitutional for the city to prevent homeless people from seeking shelter if there are not enough shelter beds available.

The city of Victoria responded by saying it would obey the court ruling, but that campers would only be allowed to sleep in city parks between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

I am so utterly sick of this situation. It truly has become a war on the homeless. There's no compassion. Not even common sense.

With the boom going bust, there'll be plenty more homeless getting herded out of public parks and other public areas.

Where are they all to go? And how are they to participate in the hoped-for economic recovery if even the minimal shelter of a park tent is denied them?

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