Tag Archives: Homelessness

Lawyer makes case for keeping Prince George homeless camps in place

By Mark Nielsen, Prince George Citizen Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The homeless living in a so-called tent cities will have no viable place to go if the court grants an order to remove them, the lawyer representing the group says in documents filed at the courthouse.

Very few of the roughly 81 emergency shelter beds in the city are low barrier making many of Prince George’s homeless ineligible to stay in them, lawyer Darlene Kavka says in responses to an application from city hall seeking an order to authorize occupants’ removal from sites at 538 Patricia Boulevard and 231-233 George Street.

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New UBC tool aims to bridge gap between housing needs and availability

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

UBC has developed a new Housing Assessment Resource Tool (HART) to identify sites that can be used to bridge the gap between housing needs and potential building sites in specific communities.

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Affordable rental crisis responsible for homelessness, says advocate

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Campbell River’s recent homeless count lists 116 people, a 43 percent increase over the 2018 tally, but is only one aspect of  the Strathcona Regional District’s rental affordability crisis.

“People who are paying 40, 50 or 60 percent of their income for a place to live, are usually a few paycheques away from joining the 116 people that we counted,” explained Sue Moen, the Salvation Army’s representative in the Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness.

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Parksville & Qualicum homeless left out in the cold

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Environment Canada issued sweeping alerts for Vancouver Island this week predicting the coldest weather of the year as arctic air and frigid temperatures descend along its east coast.

Yet the homeless in Parksville and Qualicum Beach have nowhere to seek warmth from the deep freeze after the region’s only cold weather shelter was closed last March.

Rev. Christine Muise of OHEART — a coalition of nine churches in the region that ran the shelter — has been advocating for a solution for close to a year after the shelter at St. Anne’s church had to close because the facility was inadequate to meet COVID-19 concerns.

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Campbell River: Marked increase in RCMP emergency calls this month

The Campbell River RCMP are experiencing a marked increase in the number of emergency calls this January.

In a press release issued last night, media relations officer Cst Maury Tyre, “2020 was the busiest year in terms of calls for service at the Campbell River RCMP for at least 10 years. This makes January 2021’s file count thus far concerning when we compare to our 2020 numbers.”

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