Times Colonist: Eby comments on tent-city camp ruling

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April 6, 2016 | Bill Cleverly and Lindsay Kines

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David Eby, the NDP’s spokesman on housing issues, said nobody wins in the court decision.

“This is a loss for the neighbours. It’s a loss for the community, and it’s a loss for the campers, because key to the court’s decision is that there are more homeless in Victoria than available beds and the situation will get worse when the cold, wet weather beds close for the season.”

Eby said the decision is a “direct consequence” of the government not providing adequate housing for homeless people in Victoria.

“It is the third judicial decision that I’m aware of that affirms the right -the so-called right – of people to sleep outside because there’s nowhere else for them to go,” he said, calling it an “empty right” that compromises the well-being of campers.

“This tent city is a example of what will be happening in cities across British Columbia if this government doesn’t get its act together, and the people who camp in them will be protected by the courts from being dispersed,” he said, pointing to a new tent city that has sprung up on the lawn at city hall in Campbell River.

“Campbell River’s a great example of where we’re going, unfortunately, under this government’s housing policy.”

 

 

Read the full article: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/tent-city-at-victoria-courthouse-can-stay-for-now-judge-rules-1.2224201