City faces lawsuit from former homeless resident backed by Pivot Legal Society
A formerly homeless Vancouver man will file a constitutional challenge against city restrictions against sleeping outside.
Clarence Taylor, 57, will allege in a B.C. Supreme Court claim that three bylaws banning sleeping outdoors on city property and outlawing building shelters violate his right to life, liberty, and security of the person under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Pivot Legal Society is representing Taylor, who was approached by police and city engineering staff approximately 100 times while he lived in the streets from March 2009 to January 2012.
"He was issued several tickets under Vancouver by-laws for having 'structures' on the street," Pivot stated in a news release.
Pivot and Taylor will hold a news conference in the Downtown Eastside tomorrow, which is National Housing Day.
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