The provincial government is taking another step to remove homeless campers who remain on the grounds of the Victoria courthouse.
It has applied for an injunction in B.C. Supreme Court less than a week after many campers defied a February 25th deadline to get out.
The province says roughly 50 people have left but that an estimated 30-40 people are still camped there.
It says the injunction is needed because it is a matter of public health and safety.
“We have made shelter and housing available to anyone at the campsite who is legitimately homeless, and we continue to encourage those that need housing to take up the offer,” the statement said.
The statement did not mention a date for the court hearing or set another deadline for people to leave the site.
The first homeless campers arrived at the site in November and, at its height, more than a hundred people lived there.
It is provincially owned land so it is not subject to city bylaws forcing campers to pull up stakes at 7 am each day.