The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association wants a BC Supreme Court ruling that its Ambassadors program discriminated against the homeless, to be overturned.
Executive Director Charles Gauthier says the organization will appeal.
“Because we believe the judge erred in their decision. We also believe the decision of the BC Human Rights Tribunal in 2012 that dismissed the complaint was correct. We are going to ask the Court of Appeal to restore that decision.”
The accusations, dating back to 2008, say the Ambassadors discriminated against the homeless by trying to force them out of public spaces and city parks.
However, Gauthier says that is not the case.
“Our program is really designed to work with our community partners that are supporting those that are most vulnerable in the communit,y and directing homeless people to resources that are available there.”
He says great strides have been made in opening up shelter and housing spaces, including a number of options downtown.