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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)

City Council’s fail = More homeless people facing eviction

The day after the province's May 20 eviction deadline for homeless people people still living at Topaz Park / Pandora Avenue, 'victoria' city council passed a weak motion brought by three councillors who have in the past been progressive. Councillor Sharmarke Dubow specifically raised concerns about homeless people's safety and human rights, but the rest … Continue reading City Council’s fail = More homeless people facing eviction

The reality of state brutality

NOTE: This post includes descriptions of state violence experienced by homeless people living at Topaz and Pandora. People asked us to share what happened to them, to break through the deceptive stories about how the province's decision to hastily clear three tent cities is a good news story. While some people obtained temporary shelter in … Continue reading The reality of state brutality

City of Victoria’s Parks Bylaw is Violent and Cruel

On Thursday May 14, City staff posted at MEEGAN (aka ‘beaconhill park’) a document titled “Important Notice COVID-19 Response - Parks”. At the top of the document, the City says: “The Parks Regulations Bylaw governing sheltering in City Parks remains in effect. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to allow … Continue reading City of Victoria’s Parks Bylaw is Violent and Cruel