City of Vancouver permits toilets in homeless camp

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      Residents of Vancouver's newest tent city may have an easier time going to the bathroom than in their previous encampment.

      That's because the City of Vancouver has permitted port-o-potties on-site at 1131 Franklin Street.

      The city-owned lot has been nicknamed "Sugar Mountain" because it's close to the Rogers sugar refinery.

      Yesterday, the city refused to grant a permit for bathroom facilities to housing activist Nathan Crompton, which prompted an uproar over social media.

      Meanwhile, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services has dropped off two fire extinguishers: one for the kitchen area and the other for where the tents are located.

      Earlier this week, the campers were evicted from a tent city at 950 Main Street after the city leased the site to the Lu'ma Native Housing Society.