Chrissy Brett leans over the stack of notices from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure that were delivered on Wednesday. Travis Paterson/News Staff

Province delivers notice of unauthorized occupation to Saanich tent city Camp Namegans

A Ministry of Transportation liaison to Camp Namegans delivered a “notice of unauthorized use and occupation” to organizer Chrissy Brett on Wednesday.

In fact, the liaison delivered a stack of the notices, with an understanding that Brett will share them with the camp residents.

On the back is a map, while on the front the notice states that much of the lands along the Highway 1 side of Regina Park are under the control of the Ministry of Transportation and does not “authorize your occupation of the lands.”

“Overnight camping on highway lands pose dangers to campers and the traveling public,” says the notice.

In this case, this is likely a step in the process towards Saanich or the province seeking an injunction, said Brett.

“It’s not a real front-line argument for them,” Brett said. “Even though I don’t acknowledge [the province’s] jurisdiction I’ll allow them to make their own arguments in their own courts and we’ll see how that plays out. We [defeated] the first court injunction application that the province made at the original [Victoria tent city] and I think the municipal bylaws that allow people to exist for only 14 hours a day need to be struck down.”

The notice ultimately says failure to comply “may result in the Minister taking steps to have the occupants and their property removed from the lands.”

Brett will inform the residents, she said.

“It’s thoughtful [of the province] that I was asked to share this with the residents and I’ll make sure they’re informed so they can make their own choices,” Brett said.

reporter@saanichnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria’s first BC Cannabis Store could open at Saanich shopping centre

Store application for Uptown Shopping Centre headed for public hearing

Royal B.C. Museum reopens in phases, some galleries remain closed to start summer

Victoria museum and archives open first galleries June 19

Study looks at feasibility of Vancouver Island abattoir

South Island Prosperity Partnership funds study looking at local meat processing

Homeless shelter at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre creates 40 jobs

The arena can house 45 people in pop-up pods

B.C. records no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in weeks

Good news comes despite 11 new test-positive cases in B.C. in the past 24 hours

Tahsis opens its gates to visitors to save local economy

Seasonal local businesses that rely on tourism hope to survive despite drop in tourist numbers

BC Corrections to expand list of eligible offenders for early release during pandemic

Non-violent offenders are being considered for early release through risk assessment process

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Fraser Valley driver featured on ‘Highway Thru Hell’ TV show dies

Monkhouse died Sunday night of a heartattack, Jamie Davis towing confirmed

Island city cancels plan for homeless camp; exploring alternative option

The plan heard strong objection from neighbouring residents and businesses

B.C. visitor centres get help with COVID-19 prevention measures

Destination B.C. gearing up for local, in-province tourism

36 soldiers test positive for COVID-19 after working in Ontario, Quebec care homes

Nearly 1,700 military members are working in long-term care homes overwhelmed by COVID-19

Most Read