As an occupation of an empty apartment building in Burnaby’s Metrotown neighbourhood is approaching day four, and demonstrators say they have no plan to leave.
Protestor Maria Wallstam says she’s willing to get arrested to get the message across to all levels of government.
“This is happening across Metrotown. And this is about 3,000 affordable rental housing that are at risk of demolition.”
Wallstam says the building, at Imperial and Nelson, has become a shelter for those already displaced.
“While we’ve been doing this occupation, we met a lot of homeless people and a lot of people who have been displaced from this building and are now sleeping on couches or sleeping on the street.”
About a dozen people have been occupying the building since Saturday, and she says three homeless people have now joined them.
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Protestors are planning a rally outside the Burnaby building tomorrow to defend the occupation.
Meanwhile, homeless activists will also be taking their message to Vancouver City Hall tomorrow morning.
Organizer Aiyanas Ormand says residents of a tent city at 58 West Hastings have a clear message for Mayor Gregor Robertson.
“We want 100 per cent affordable, social housing to be built on this site that is affordable to people on welfare and pension rates that is affordable for people in the community.”
Aiyanas says protestors are calling on the government to prioritize new development for seniors and homeless people in the community.
Nearly 30 people have been camped out on the vacant lot since Saturday, with up to 20 more expected for tonight.