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Central Park tent city washed out

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

Picture a homeless encampment in a public park. The rains and recent snow have transformed most of the lawn into a massive puddle. The number of tents in Victoria’s Central Park has decreased since last fall, but there were still 45 of them on December 15th. One was sitting on a pallet, which raised the floor above the water, but the neighbouring tents are all in water.

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Election 2020: Liberals’ Tough Talk on Homelessness Is Heartless and Uninformed, Say Advocates

By Jen St. Denis, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

People who have been working on the housing file for years in British Columbia are cringing at BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s “law and  order” framing that connects crime with increasing homelessness.

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Election 2020: What can the government do about tent cities

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

The BC Liberals are calling for an immediate end to the tent cities that have sprung up in Campbell River, as well as larger cities like Vancouver and Victoria

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Opposition to Affordable Housing at 580 Dogwood Street

While this year’s count was cancelled because of the pandemic, the Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness (the Coalition) estimate the city’s unhoused population is currently more than a hundred. Most cite high rents as the principle barrier to their finding permanent accommodation. BC Housing is proposing to fund the build and operations of a 50 unit supported housing building at 580 Dogwood street. This sparked neighbourhood resistance and, at this point, 1,424 people have signed a Change.org petition against the project.

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Will Vancouver create a sanctioned camp for unhoused people

By Jen St. Denis, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Strathcona Park tent city supporters, neighbourhood residents and a Downtown Eastside community activist are pleading with governments to  create a sanctioned camp for unhoused people.

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