UPDATE: Homeless campers who had been staying on provincial land near the Saanich Fire Hall have moved to Cattle Point in Oak Bay’s Uplands Park
Tent city residents are on the move again as Saanich police are at the most recent encampment location enforcing the trespass act on provincial land.
Saanich police say they spoke with those in the encampment on the ministry of transportation and infrastructure property Tuesday to let them know the trespass act would be enforced Wednesday.
Those encampment on MOTI property behind the #Saanich Fire Dept are leaving today. The latest info on the encampment on our website: https://t.co/mkSqy4PzWN pic.twitter.com/l6b4Zpv88C
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) October 17, 2018
Police say tent city organizers are waiting for rental trucks to arrive to move the homeless group’s property off the land directly behind the Saanich Fire Department and adjacent to Highway 17.
On the weekend, the province’s housing ministry said the campers would be asked to leave because the area was not considered a safe location.
About 30 people from the roving tent city group had set up their belongings at the location Saturday, after a move from a private property in the 5000-block of West Saanich Road.
The group had been there since Oct. 2 after being forced to leave Goldstream Provincial Park.
The encampment first started in Saanich’s Regina Park in April.
The campers have kept quiet about where they plan to go next.