VCAP in the news: Anti-poverty groups oppose proposed bylaw amendment

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

ANTI-POVERTY GROUPS TO ATTEND CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO OPPOSE PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMEN

Groups demand a moratorium of evictions of tenters on Pandora Green

August 31, 2010, Victoria – Representatives from four nonprofit organizations are holding a press conference to oppose the City of Victoria’s proposed amendment to the streets and traffic bylaw.

The amendment, which bans camping on boulevards and medians, would displace the City residents tenting at night on the boulevard of Pandora Street’s 900-block.

The Committee to End Homelessness, Harm Reduction Victoria, the Society of Living Intravenous Drug Users and the Victoria Coalition Against Poverty will be available for interviews prior to City Council’s Thursday morning meeting.  At 10:00 am, group members will move into the City Council meeting to demonstrate their opposition to the proposed amendment.

All four groups, whose membership includes past and present street-involved community members, demand a moratorium on the displacement of the Pandora Green tenters until a suitable consultation process is implemented.

The groups demand that Council respect the Ross Supreme Court decision and refrain from prohibiting camping until appropriate housing, support and health care are in place.

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Check out the news stories:

http://www.timescolonist.com/business/Victoria+decides+hear+public+before+passing+camping+zone+bylaw/3474622/story.html.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/victoria-looking-to-give-busy-boulevards-tent-city-the-boot/article1693373/

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Curb+sought+Pandora+campers/3463559/story.html

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