Dean Ansley Tucker says campers need supportive housing
Once its staunch supporter, now Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral says Tent City has to move.
And Victoria’s mayor agrees.
From the tranquility of Christ Church Cathedral.
To just across the street, drug dealing on the sidewalk of Tent City.
“We’re now at our school having to do five needle sweeps a day, and this we’ve got cathedral staff doing this part of the property as well.”
In what she sees as a dangerous escalation of drug-related incidents.
“People actually injecting themselves with drugs in the parking lot nearby as children were actually arriving at the school or leaving.”
Tucker now wants tent city dismantled.
“I’m not saying disperse those people back to the doorways of Victoria.
They really need a place to call home.”
And Victoria’s mayor agrees with the new position.
“I’m glad to see that they’ve changed their tune.
I certainly am a strong supporter of getting that tenting area closed down and getting people the housing they need.”
Even the campers agree the tone of tent city changed since the beginning.
“Our numbers have grown and our population changes.
So maybe it has a little bit especially with a younger crowd moving in that we haven’t had time to touch base with as far as what behaviours are expected and what not.
And we’re looking at a better way of doing that.”
The cathedral is now calling on the province to renew its application for an injunction to disband the camp.