They refuse to move, and the City of Abbotsford is trying to figure out what to do next.
Mayor Henry Braun says eviction notices were handed to campers at the Gladys Avenue and Cyril Street homeless camps, but the deadline has come and gone.
“And there is housing available, the issue though is still for some they don’t want to be in any housing period, and that is a tough nut to crack.”
The notices were handed out after the city adopted a new bylaw allowing overnight camping in most parks when shelter isn’t available, to comply with a B.C. Supreme Court ruling.
But camping in Gladys is still banned, as it’s designated a highway.
Braun says the encampments aren’t safe.
“We had a pretty good clean up on Thursday and Friday. There is truckloads of stuff, needles everywhere, human feces, rats, weapons you name it. That is not widely reported, and we just have to clean it up.”
He says the city could seek an injunction, and estimates the clean-up costs are around $100,000 dollars.
Meanwhile, Abbotsford Fire and Rescue rushed to the scene of the Gladys protest camp tonight after a report of a fire and explosion.
Assistant Chief Ron Hull says it happened just after 7pm.
“On arrival they had a fully involved tent about 10 by 10, the tent is completely destroyed.”
Luckily no one one was injured.