“Discrimination against the poor has become official city policy, and we’re not going anywhere.”
Street vendors along East Hastings Street say they want to take back what they believe is within their rights.
Weeks ago, city officials told them to leave an area between Carrall and Columbia where they’d been peddling their wares.
But now homeless advocates, such as Doug King with the Pivot Legal Society, claim police are moving them out.
“We’re starting to hear stories from homeless people about the fact they’re being moved, not just on the zero block but not from the alleyways where they had to go after the zero block was sweeped. This is displacement, and this is exactly what the city said they were not going to do.”
The city says the reports of staff and police sweeping that section of East Hastings, writing out tickets and displacing vendors, are inaccurate.