VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — One person was arrested for mischief Tuesday morning after Vancouver police officers asked people living in the tent city adjacent to CRAB Park to clear out.
The person was not charged and released a short time later, according to a Vancouver police release.
Officers were enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction in response to an unauthorized encampment on Vancouver Fraser Port Authority property.
They arrived around 6 a.m. and continue to work with campers to follow the court order.
Tent city residents claimed they had moved to a lot that is outside of the area covered by the injunction.
The police department’s Indigenous protocol officer also attended to support officers and campers.
In recent days, police said campers broke into an adjacent port property that was locked and secured.
On Tuesday, officers informed those campers that the break-in and their presence in that area could result in mischief charges.
Officers are working with campers to vacate those secured areas, as well, according to police.
— Patrick Swadden (@PSwadden) June 16, 2020
It was reported about 100 people lived at the tent city along the waterfront. The campers were in the CRAB Park area for a couple of weeks after they were cleared out of a similar encampment at Oppenheimer Park on the Downtown Eastside.
A camp spokesperson said many campers have now moved to Strathcona Park.
Tent city next to Crab Park looking much smaller. However, many still here. Camp spokesperson tells me many campers have moved to Strathcona Park. @BT_Vancouver @CityNewsVAN @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/WD5cYvPUPz
— Greg Harper (@GS_Harper) June 16, 2020
On Saturday, campers and their supporters at a rally outlined demands, which included housing for everyone who doesn’t have safe and secure shelter, and acknowledgment that the site of the camp is not private property or federal land, but rather the unceded territory the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said the injunction on federal lands underscores need for Ottawa to join the city and the province to build more housing for homeless and underhoused residents
He said he plans to meet with federal and provincial housing ministers next week to discuss options for accelerating homes for vulnerable residents.
“The only way to end homelessness is by building housing, not evicting homeless residents without a plan for where they go next,” Stewart says in a release.
“If Ottawa came to the table, we would be able to drastically increase the amount of housing we’re able to provide. The city is ready with land, the province is ready with funding and services, but as we’ve seen in the past, the best kinds of partnerships involve all levels of government and I’m hopeful Ottawa will join us.”
-with files from Greg Harper.