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One tent city must go, the other can stay … for now

The tent city for the homeless at the foot of Fifth Avenue in Prince George will be allowed to remain in place until suitable housing is available. File photo

It’s a victory, of sorts, for those opposed to the city’s plans to remove homeless camps.

On Friday, Supreme Court Chief Justice Hinkson ruled that the city must remove the George Street homeless encampment by October 29.

However, the lower Patricia encampment may remain until suitable housing is available. 

The city is reviewing the decision and will take the appropriate legal or practical steps necessary. The city, in a statement, says it will continue to work closely with BC Housing to ensure the availability of shelter or housing to transition the occupants in Lower Patricia and George Street before the cold weather sets in.

“The city took this court action for the safety and protection of all of our citizens,” said Mayor Lyn Hall in a news release. “While the provision of housing is outside of our jurisdiction, we will continue to work closely with BC Housing and other agencies to ensure the people in the encampments get the services and housing they need.”

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