B.C. Supreme Court judge grants City of Abbotsford an injunction against the homeless
A court ruling has given homeless people until 4:30 p.m. today (December 14) to vacate a parking lot near Jubilee Park in Abbotsford.
Justice Murray B. Blok issued the order late yesterday against people who set up a tent city surrounded by plywood in the area.
This came after the city had ordered them out of the park.
"The Defendants and all other persons having knowledge of this Order shall remove and cease from erecting, constructing or building tents, shelters, structures or other constructions other than the Structure on the Lands," Blok wrote.
He noted that costs will be dealt with "upon completion of the application", which will occur on Monday (December 17).
James G. Yardley acted for the City of Abbotsford; D.J. Larkin of Pivot Legal Society represented the homeless campers.
Last month, Pivot Legal Society announced that it had filed a human-rights complaint on behalf of homeless people after city officials had dumped chicken manure on an earlier encampment.
"If that wasn't enough the police also used their pepper spray to coat the inside of the tents, destroying the belongings and setting a trap for the occupier when they returned and opened the door," alleged Pivot's Darcie Bennett in a November 28 blog post.
For more on what led up to yesterday's decision, see Straight homeless blogger Stanley Q. Woodvine's report on the situation.