A Supreme Court judge has delayed making a decision on granting an injunction to the city to remove residents from a downtown tent city.
The city has asked for the court to grant an injunction to evict the 14 residents at 58 West Hastings.
But Justice Loryl Russell reserved a ruling on the case, saying she will hand down her decision by the end of the week.
Maria Wallstam, with Carnegie Community Action project says she is feeling hopeful.
“The judge decided that at the end of the day that she needed more time to think about it. She would have to take into account previous court cases and so there is some quite complicated case law involved, but she said at the end of the hearing that she hadn’t decided yet, so I think she was considering both arguments.”
Lawyers with the Pivot Legal Society, who are representing the residents, argued that shelters in the city are full and that the camp provides a safe place to live.
Wallstam says she hopes the injunction will be denied.
“It seemed to her that one of the big issues would be that if she was not to grant the injunction, then she was asking us questions, like how would the campground manage, how would you make sure that it doesn’t grow up to 70 tents again, so there are these kinds of questions.”
Since the site opened, VPD have responded to over 65 calls and at least four assaults.