Saanich police to surround homeless camp in Regina Park

Crews have started to put up fencing around homeless camp as deadline passed

Saanich work crews erected fencing Wednesday as local police established their presence around the homeless camp in Regina Park, one day after a court-imposed deadline came and went without any arrests.

RELATED: No arrests at Saanich’s homeless camp as Tuesday night deadline passes

Saanich’s Police and Fire Command Vehicle was seen at one of two entry points into the camp near the intersection of Harriet Road and Battleford Avenue.

As officers co-ordinated efforts on the ground, crews from the city of Saanich put up a fence part and parcel of a remediation effort.

Police were also present at the camp’s main entry point off Regina Avenue.

Under a court-issued ruling handed down last Friday, camp residents had until 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 to vacate the camp. Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell said any residents found to be defying the court order would “likely” be arrested.

However, the deadline came and went with no arrests.

RELATED: Regina Park residents ponder passive resistance against Saanich

Camp residents had earlier raised the possibility of “passive resistance.” Saanich Police said in a release Wednesday that anyone remaining in Regina Park are currently violating the order.

“As this injunction is a lawful order, the Saanich Police Department is required by law to enforce this order,” said Sgt. Jereme Leslie, adding that Saanich police will remain on site until all occupants of Regina Park have decamped.

“We will continue to treat the vulnerable persons vacating the park with dignity and care through the decampment process,” Leslie said. “It is recognized that many of the occupants will require assistance to vacate the park and we are conducting a phased approach to supporting the occupants in complying with the injunction.”

Ashley Mollison of the Alliance Against Displacement reacted to developments Wednesday saying she was concerned about storage for the possessions of camp residents.

“While I don’t think the fence and the police presence is necessary, we were aware that the fence was going up this morning and that police would be on site,” she said. “Saanich has still not come through with the storage they promised the [B.C. Supreme Court].”

Megan Catalano, a spokesperson for the District of Saanich, said the city has been working with a service provider to arrange additional storage for larger valuable items, which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

“Providing storage was not a term of the court order, but is a service which Saanich is providing voluntarily,” Catalano said.

“Saanich’s legal counsel advised the [court] that Saanich intended to provide this service by way of pre-paid 30-day storage with a local storage company,” she explained, adding efforts to co-ordinate this have been delayed.

Catalano expects larger storage containers to arrive Thursday.

Occupants who have received approval by the city of Saanich for receiving larger storage containers, will not have to leave the park until the storage container has been provided, she said.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

wolfgang.depner@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria brewery re-brands again after cryptic new logo failed

Vancouver Island Brewing said goodbye to its confusing hexagon logo

Johnson Street Bridge reopened after water main break

VicPD ask drivers to use alternate route on Nov. 12

Peninsula Singers use music to dispel ‘Grinch’ factor this Christmas

‘Tis the Season is at the Mary Winspear Centre Dec. 7 to 9

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh coming to Langford

MP MacGregor hosting open house at Belmont Secondary

UVic military historian sees paralles between eve of First World War and today

David Zimmerman says period leading up to centennial has heightened interest

Trudeau warns of dangers of nationalist leaders at historic armistice gathering

U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks described himself as a nationalist

Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place across Greater Victoria

Most ceremonies start at 10:50 on Sunday, Nov. 11

Greater Victoria holiday craft fair roundup for Nov. 9 to 11

Check off all of the items on your shopping list at these great events

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Funding announcement promises to drive business innovation in B.C.

Minister is scheduled to make the announcement at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College

Vancouver Island mom warns of candy-luring incident

A Courtenay mother is speaking out after a man was reported to… Continue reading

Ticats destroy Lions 48-8 in CFL East Division semifinal

Wally Buono’s last game as B.C. coach ends in disappointment

Olympic decision time for Calgarians in 2026 plebiscite

Calgary’s ‘88 legacy is considered among the most successful in Olympic Games history

Canadians mark Remembrance Day, 100 years since end of First World War

The sombre crowd stood in near-silence as it reflected on the battles that ended a century ago, and those that have come since

Most Read