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Judge stops eviction rulings against homeless encampment in Vancouver

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Key takeaways: 

  • Both eviction rulings have been sent back to the Vancouver Park Board for reconsideration.
  • A B.C. judge has stopped two rulings evicting individuals who have been living at a homeless encampment in downtown Vancouver.

BC judge stops eviction rulings against homeless encampment in Vancouver: 

In an order given Thursday at the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Justice F. Matthew Kirchner figured that the Vancouver Park Board was not justified in publishing the eviction rulings on July 8 and Sept. 7 of the previous year.

Both rulings forced dozens of homeless individuals living in the CRAB Park homeless encampment, located east of the Vancouver Convention Centre on Burrard Inlet, to go.

Citizens of the encampment transferred to the location in May the previous year, the most current park near the Downtown Eastside to become home to those encountering homelessness. The Thursday finding means both eviction rulings have been set aside and sent back to the Park Board for reconsideration.

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BC judge stops eviction rulings against homeless encampment in Vancouver

The July 2021 ruling shut CRAB Park to overnight sheltering “to ensure the park remains available to all park users.” The September 2021 ruling shut a part of the park to all users for restorations and maintenance. Source – cbc.ca

Thursday’s judgment comes after two citizens of the encampment, Kerry Bamberger and Jason Hebert, the Supreme Court for a judicial review of the rulings.

A Twitter account advocating for the encampment citizens declared the news of the judgment Thursday afternoon. It advised the Vancouver Park Board to respect the court’s judgment.

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