The Oppenheimer Park homeless camp was dismanteled today by the City Of Vancouver. The eviction commenced at 9:00 A.M.
~At the Carnegie Center in a meeting on Tuesday night I was made aware that outreach staff from the center where told to stay clear of the park this day. As a result we knew that for certian the move to evict was a certainty.
This was the experience of this editor.
Campers trickling out throughout the day vacating Oppenheimer Park this after yesterday’s 10 p.m. court-imposed order to vacate. Some occupiers have been in the Downtown Eastside park since mid-July
City staff have been granted via the court authority to tear down the camp for health and safety reasons. Yesterday, tragically a man in his sixties was found dead in a tent within the park.
DJ Larkin with PIVOT Legal Society declares many campers have nowhere to go.
“I watched one man leave last night with a shopping cart. I said, ‘Where are you going?’ He said, ‘Just around the corner.’ I talked to other people who said, ‘I’ll move back to the park where I used to live.’”
Synthia, who was living in the park. says, “We’re going to stay here and fight. There’s a lot of us that have nowhere to go. Picture wild animals, how they live right in the forest; they have nothing. It’s so cold at night… that’s how it is for a homeless person,”.
Quoting Homeless advocate Audrey Siegl ”
“We do not want to argue. We do not want to fight. We do not want to have a battle with riot police in full gear. We want homes. We want to be treated with dignity and respect. We want people to sit across the table from us and actually negotiate in a meaningful way to end this crisis that we are in.”
“We will work with them the best way we can to help them with the help they need,” says VPD Constable Brian Montague.
“There are resources down here to do that but they do run the risk of arrest. But that’s not the direction we want to go. We don’t want to arrest people that said those that remain here do run that risk. They are breaching a court order, but at this point, we are going to encourage people to continue leaving the park voluntarily.”
The City of Vancouver claims around 20 people were referred to shelters on Wednesday and their belongings are being stored by the City.
PICTURE HERE: City staff dismantling the Oppenheimer Park homeless camp
Nepotism among the poverty whores who make their dimes off the back of systemic problems namely those people at risk for any number of things are an often times unmentioned reason as to the lack of resources being delivered to those most visibly in need.
Often and sadly it is a class of poor who know how to work the system that blabber on from the bully pulpit and via a political correctness showmanship skate to positions of administrative “discretion” and look after their own. Not all such agencies in the DTES are like this, and I have been a party to favor in the way of help when I needed it. I feel for those who have to make the tough choices, housing someone who will inevitably trash a unit, require service ranging from fire ambulance and rescue to policing. They need love, and The Truth. I pray they receive it.
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