This morning (February 16), I visited the Olympic Tent Village at 58 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.
Set up yesterday (February 15) by Streams of Justice, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Power of Women Group, and others, the tent village was home to around 100 people last night.
According to organizers, the vacant lot occupied by the village is owned by condominium developer Concord Pacific and was being used by Vanoc as a parking lot during the Olympics.
Hundreds attended a rally yesterday to support the village and to call for an end to homelessness, condo development in the Downtown Eastside, and the criminalization of poverty.
Tent village residents and supporters held a press conference this morning. Here’s what they had to say.
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