In a ruling announced on Thursday, Nov. 17, B.C. Supreme Court granted an injunction to the City of Vancouver and the latter has ordered the residents of the tent city at 58 W. Hastings to vacate the area by 6:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 24. The tent city was set up recently at the end of June.
The advocates for residents of the tent city had asked the court that the city should be focusing on giving the residents access to running water, toilets, showers and regular garbage pickup rather than fighting to evict them from the area and shutting down the encampment. A lawyer with Pivot Legal Society, i.e.an advocacy group that unsuccessfully challenged the injunction in court, DJ Larkin explained that “tent cities or more structured encampments are not an answer to homelessness, but they are definitely a tool and I think it’s one that Vancouver needs right now.”