The B.C. Government says it can now begin cleaning up the site of what was the homeless camp outside Victoria’s courthouse, bringing an end to an often bitter standoff between the camp’s former tenants and the authorities.
For the provincial government, Victoria’s mayor, and ultimately the Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court, the encampment was unsafe and had to be shut down.
But for many of the tenants at the controversial campsite, it was the one secure place for around one 100 people to call home — where the safety of numbers enabled the sharing of food and security that some told CKNW they couldn’t find anywhere else.
In a public statement released by the government, Housing Minister Rich Coleman says “we have now provided or offered housing to all who needed it”.
Today’s announcement comes four days after the deadline set by Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson in July.