Homeless advocates expect chaos on Gladys Avenue tomorrow

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Homeless advocates say it’s going to be a “gong show” while police are hoping for smooth sailing as a 9 am deadline looms for homeless campers on BC Hydro property in Abbotsford.

Barry Shantz with Drug War Survivors says dozens of campers along Gladys Avenue will refuse to move.

“I believe everybody is going to be here at 9′oclock, looking and wondering to see who is going to force them or push them to move.”

Pastor Ward Draper with 5 & 2 Ministries questions to timing f the BC Hydro-imposed eviction notices.

“That corridor along that safety zone has been described as hobo alley since the 1920′s. To bring hydro into this, and southern rail into this, I mean it’s fishy, it really is.”

But Abbotsford Police Constable Ian Macdonald says many are co operating.

“Our officers reporting based on conversations they’ve had with the actual campers is that the intention will be to vacate at or before 9am.”

The power utility says the camp is near a rail corridor and electrical equipment posing safety issues.

Comments

  1. BS this is society at its worst. I live in Abbotsford and these folks are not hurting anyone.

    “That corridor along that safety zone has been described as hobo alley since the 1920′s. To bring hydro into this, and southern rail into this, I mean it’s fishy, it really is.”

    Yes it stinks. We should be ashamed of our selves.

    • Perhaps you will feel different if they were camped out next door to you. The fact that the area is known as “hobo ally” for almost 100 years shows that social programs to help the poor has failed. Look at Europe and their “just societies” where social programs are from the cradle to the grave. Yet they have homeless people too.

  2. If these people can occupy this site, they can occupy any site. So, they can set up camp in anyone’s back yard, in any public park (effectively to the exclusion of every other user), on the property of any person or business. This is insane. Those who support this can solve it by inviting these people to their property. They can put their property where their mouths are.

  3. Interesting that BC Hydro now deems ground under or around its powerlines unsafe. That change of heart is going to be used as an argument against some future long-distance electrical transmission line if it is proposed to be built near residential properties.

    Several years ago, BC Hydro bought out many homes in South Delta but did not admit powerlines pose a health hazard.

    Has BC Hydro offered similar and attractive inducements to the homeless?

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