A member of the homeless camp on the Victoria courthouse lawn is trying to make a case for the camp to remain in place.
“It’s a lot safer than the alternative.”
James Carmichael says the months-long camp provides safety in numbers, adding there are 85 to 100 campers who share in the food and security a homeless person would not receive living alone.
“If you run out of food, there’s no one to share with. If you run into a serious first aid problem, who do you ask, who do you call? If you’re by yourself, and you’re doing a maintenance dose, and there’s no drug addiction services, who’s there to watch you?”
Carmichael adds the picture people are getting of the camp through media reports may not paint a complete picture.
“And I would ask for the people that like to criticize, have they visited tent city? Have they had personal interactions? Because a single interaction might not be enough. I’ve been here for months, and candidly I feel safer here than I do in many other parts of the city with people who are housed.”
The province filed an injunction last week to remove the tent city, and Carmichael says the camp’s lawyer is preparing a response.
The BC Supreme Court will hear the case on June 27th and 28th.