The B.C. government is going to court again in an attempt to clear out a controversial tent city for the homeless near the B.C. Legislature in Victoria.
Fire safety order violations, increased criminality and the deterioration of conditions at the site are some of the reasons the province says it’s applying for an injunction to end the homeless camp on the Victoria courthouse lawn.
In April the B.C. Supreme Court refused to grant the government an interim injunction to dismantle the camp, where about 100 people have been living in tents since last spring.
Anti-poverty advocates say more than a decade of inadequate government funding for social programs has forced hundreds of people to live on the streets in Victoria.
Housing Minister Rich Coleman says the government has provided housing options for 190 people at the camp, but others who may not be homeless continue to live there.
“We have criminal statistics from the City of Victoria police department as well as we have non-compliance with a significant order with regards to fire protection and fire safety on the site.”
Coleman says the government has already provided housing options for 190 people at the camp.
He hopes the campers will leave peacefully, and ensures everyone will have a place to go.
Neighbours near the camp have complained they are living beside an urban ghetto.
The application will be heard on June 27 and 28.