Unceded Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh territories (Vancouver): The residents of Kennedy Trudeau (K.T.) tent city and their supporters denounce the proposed amendment to the Parks Control Bylaw regarding temporary shelter in parks. Residents challenge the anti-poor rhetoric, the homeless containment strategy, and demand permanent, adequate housing now, not the increased policing and normalization of homelessness.

Where: Strathcona Park Tent City, Chess Street at Malkin Drive.
When: Monday July 13th @ 1:00pm
Who: K.T. Tent City residents and supporters

On Monday July 13th, the Vancouver Parks Board is holding a special meeting to amend bylaws that regulate use of parks in Vancouver to make it easier to break up tent cities. If the amendments are approved at the special meeting, they will be presented at a regular board meeting (on a future date) to be voted on.

The Vancouver Parks Board claims it recognizes the needs of “all park users, including those currently experiencing homelessness.” But the new bylaws are designed to legally define the spaces and times that homeless people can use parks by “limiting the potential for encampments to become established.”

K.T. Tent City resident Kyli, says “you can’t remove us until you get us housing.” The camp is holding the news conference on the day of the Parks Board’s special meeting to reject the attempt to further criminalize and institutionalize homeless people. Karina Castro, with the Our Homes Can’t Wait coalition,  said “Our solution to homelessness is not better, more perfect, more well-resourced state management of homeless communities, it is building 10,000 units of social housing at welfare/pension rate every year throughout BC so that no one is abandoned to the streets. Instead of increasing the laws that the city can use against us, we are fighting to get rid of all the laws, bylaws, regulations that criminalize the survival of the poor and for permanent, adequate housing now.”

At the news conference, residents of K.T. Tent City will explain how the Parks Board’s proposed bylaws will make their lives on the streets even more difficult and dangerous and will call for homes for all.