Camping in Public Parks Allowed in British Columbia

A supreme court judge in British Columbia has ruled that homeless people can legally camp on public property such as parks.
October 18, 2008, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Lawyer Catherine Boies Parker, who acted on behalf of the homeless campers in their court challenge of the city's anti-camping bylaw, confirmed the 112-page judgment upheld their argument that a City of Victoria bylaw banning "temporary abodes" like tents and large tarpaulins in parks and public spaces violates the rights of the homeless.

She said the judgment noted that in the absence of sufficient safe and secure beds for the homeless, it was unconstitutional for the city to prevent them from erecting some form of overhead shelter to protect themselves from the elements.

The decision came three years to the day that a number of people were arrested for setting up a "tent city" in Cridge Park -- a small green space at the corner of Blanshard and Belleville streets. The eviction sparked the court challenge."

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Published on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in The Province
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