A group of homeless people have kicked off their court case against the City of Abbotsford, arguing three bylaws that prevent them from sleeping in public parks are unconstitutional.
Lawyer David Wotherspoon, who represents the BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors, says the city has done little over the last few years to build more shelters, beyond holding meetings and starting committees.
He told the B.C. Supreme Court the constitutional minimum is not met by the bylaws preventing public camping.
The city’s treatment of its homeless population has been under the microscope since crews dumped chicken manure at a downtown homeless camp in 2013.