In colonialism we trust: Ongoing municipal shenanigans at MEEGAN

In May we wrote about a post exploring some of the history of colonial theft and damage to MEEGAN (aka 'beaconhill park'). The post was prompted by a NIMBY uproar about people being allowed to shelter 24/7 in the park in COVID times, and related hysteria about temporary sheltering being predicted to cause apocalyptic damage … Continue reading In colonialism we trust: Ongoing municipal shenanigans at MEEGAN

Transparency and accountability

Tomorrow (Thursday November 12) at its Committee of the Whole meeting 'victoria' city council is once again considering multiple items relating to sheltering outside, with no input from people living outside. There is much that could be said about how information in this week's staff reports and motions contribute to stereotyping, fear, and hatred of … Continue reading Transparency and accountability

Municipal government blocks handwashing and shower access

On October 27 we wrote about a grassroots shower initiative started by people fed up with governments' continued failure to make sure that people sheltering outside have access to showers close to where they're living. Raising their own money and doing their own construction, on Saturday November 7 the two community-built showers were taken to … Continue reading Municipal government blocks handwashing and shower access

Grassroots showers

There are so many things in colonial government responses to COVID that are both predictable and also disturbing. Among these is the refusal to make sure that people who are sheltering outside can access basic hygiene like handwashing and showers close to where they are living. The United Nations has repeatedly stated that access to … Continue reading Grassroots showers

Jun 25: What looming government decision means for people living outside

On June 25 'victoria' city council will be deciding whether to go back to enforcement of their parks bylaw that, as current written, bans daytime sheltering (forcing people to pack up their tents at 7 AM every day, and not set back up again till 8 PM -- 7 PM in winter). The stress and … Continue reading Jun 25: What looming government decision means for people living outside

Action: Write City Council – keep letting people shelter in parks 24/7

In mid-March when the COVID public health emergency was declared, the city finally stopped enforcing one of the most harmful provisions of its Parks Regulations Bylaw: the ban on daytime sheltering in parks. This was a big relief. People have been able to keep their tents up 24/7 in areas where sheltering is permitted, rest … Continue reading Action: Write City Council – keep letting people shelter in parks 24/7

We are human beings: Open letter from people living outside, to Victoria city council and staff

In every city across ‘canada’ there are people living outside -- sleeping in tents or cars or without any shelter, living in parks, alleyways or sidewalks. Instead of asking people who are living outside what they need and working constructively with them to make things better, many cities have taken a hostile “us and them” … Continue reading We are human beings: Open letter from people living outside, to Victoria city council and staff

City of Victoria: Still a long way to go

Today City of 'victoria' Parks staff did a good thing, confirming bathroom hours are extended so there are more bathrooms open 24/7 and that a portapotty will be put into a park where sheltering is allowed to make it more feasible to actually do that. Kudos to staff to communicating respectfully and responsively with Poverty … Continue reading City of Victoria: Still a long way to go

Colonial garbage threatens MEEGAN (beaconhill park)

Following the City's May 21 confirmation that they will temporarily allow people to shelter 24/7 in some parks if they comply with a long and absurd list of rules, some housed people freaked out about the potential environmental impacts of people sheltering at MEEGAN (beaconhill park). One angry individual set up a Facebook event suggesting … Continue reading Colonial garbage threatens MEEGAN (beaconhill park)