Media Advisory: Decision today in challenge to tent city eviction

Vancouver, B.C., Coast Salish Territories [November 17, 2016]—Today the B.C. Supreme Court will deliver its decision on the City of Vancouver’s injunction application aimed at evicting homeless people from a small encampment set-up at 58 W Hastings. 

The decision will be delivered orally beginning at 9:15AM. Lawyers for Pivot Legal Society, along with Robert Cooper and Andrew Crabtree, represented homeless campers who challenged the City’s application to evict them from the site.

The homeless encampment has been set-up since July, with as many as 50 tents providing shelter for people experiencing homelessness and a lack of housing options. Currently there are approximately 12 tents, with homeless campers being supported by community activists.

Pivot lawyers and clients will be available for comment following the decision.

What:      Homeless tent city injunction decision
Where:    B.C. Supreme Court – North entrance (800 Smithe St.)
When:     Thursday, November 17 at 9:15AM

Note: Media are able to sit in the court room. Cameras are not permitted.

For additional information, please contact:

Madeleine Northcote, Pivot Legal Society, 604-345-3334, madeleine@pivotlegal.org

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About Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a leading Canadian human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada. Pivot’s work includes challenging laws and policies that force people to the margins of society and keep them there. Since 2002 Pivot has won major victories for sex workers’ rights, police accountability, affordable housing, and health and drug policy.