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.