City: Gladys homeless camp expansion to stay

Campers who expanded across the street won't be ousted

  • Sep. 25, 2015 8:00 p.m.
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by Laura Rodgers, Abbotsford News

The City of Abbotsford won’t remove people from the newly expanded Gladys Avenue homeless protest camp.

The site, which has been in place on the southwest side of the road since 2013, spread to more city-owned land across the street last week.

“The city has been notified that this is an extension of the protest camp, so we are considering it part of the existing protest,” said Katherine Treloar, the City of Abbotsford spokesperson.

Treloar said the city hasn’t ousted the Gladys campers for two reasons.

First, because they’re engaging in a political protest, it falls outside the city’s jurisdiction to tell them to leave. Second, the protest directly relates to B.C. Supreme Court case, over whether homeless people can camp on public land in Abbotsford, which has not yet been decided.