“The next step is to see what this report says. If it is strong enough to say it is not being complied with and health and safety are at risk then we will have to go to court.”
A tent city in Victoria may have reached its best before date as the province is poised to go back to court and try again to oust the campers.
Housing minister Rich Coleman says the results of an inspection to see if the camp is meeting mandated safety conditions is coming later today.
He is waiting to see a report by the Victoria Fire Department to see if the camp is meeting safety requirements.
“The guy who did the inspection for the Fire Chief in Victoria is he is filing a report with him I think later today. At that point in time we will be in contact with him as soon as he has read the report. Our indication so far is they have not met the conditions with regard to it. We have said all along if they don’t we are going to have to go back to court. We also have the issues around the crime stats and other narratives around the tent city.”
Coleman says if it fails then the province will seek another injunction to evict the campers.
He says yesterday a police officer was injured in the tent city.
“Unfortunately there was. It is never acceptable behaviour that anybody gets injured. It is a case that we have to be ready to go to the courts. The judge when we asked for the first injunction wanted to set the hearing for September. We did indicate that we thought it would deteriorate and it has. We have actually taken a lot of people and housed them who legitimately need housing.”
Coleman says 180 people in the tent city have been housed.
He adds some of the campers now aren’t homeless rather are there as activists.