Three days after a court imposed deadline for dismantling of Victoria’s tent city the final campers are preparing to leave. Mary Griffin reports live from the provincial courthouse.
The last of the tents is coming down.
It’s three days past the court ordered August 8th deadline, but campers are packing up.
“Very relieved. I think it’s come to an end.
Once the rest is torn down and out, I think it’ll get back to normal pretty quick.”
Don Allen manages the apartment building across the street from tent city.
In the past year, he’s been assaulted, and the building a target of vandalism.
“It has been, like I always said.
A living hell.
And it’s finally over with.”
The first tents appeared on the lawn of the provincial courthouse in October, growing into a makeshift camp housing up to a 100 people at time.
Since April, the province allocated more than 26 million dollars on new shelter beds and long-term housing, where 300 people from the camp found new homes.
“I can now tell you that everyone that was at the site, in need generally of housing has been given or offered a home.”
“We’re agreed to that.
They can help you pack.
“Remove the things in a timely manner.”
Tent City’s unofficial spokesperson Christine Brett is allowed back on the property.
Officials allow her to stay until the last camper is gone.
“We are working on taking our things down.
But at the end of the day, there are a lot of people that don’t have a place to go.”
As the last campers gather their belongings, the cleanup will continue all weekend.
It’s estimated the cost is at least 250-thousand dollars.
The remediation of the property will begin on Monday.