This is a breaking story, and details are still scarce.
A group of former “tent city” residents are joining a group that has been camping at downtown Victoria’s tiny Reeson Park, and will be issuing a list of demands at a press conference early this afternoon.
From CTV News:
Campers are alleging that they suffer police harassment and theft from city bylaw officers “which exacerbates physical, mental and emotional stress.”
Activists also say they’re concerned that a city proposal to give the park a dramatic facelift including a “playable” art installation will displace campers because of a bylaw that prevents people from sleeping on or near playgrounds.
Former residents of “Super InTent City,” which sprung up on the lawn of the Victoria Courthouse for months starting in 2015, are also expected to speak out on their continued fight for “autonomy and self-determination” after being moved to supportive housing.