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City to appeal Supreme Court ruling on homeless camps

The city is appealing a court decision that did not allow it to removed the Lower Patricia homeless camp.

On October 22, 2021, the BC Supreme Court ruled on two tent city encampments in Prince George (City) v. Stewart, 2021 BCSC 2089. The court ordered the George Street encampment to be taken down while the Lower Patricia encampment was permitted to remain until “suitable housing” and “daytime facilities” are available.

City council has had the opportunity to receive advice and consider the city’s options. Council has authorized the following actions:

  1. An application to the BC Supreme Court to close the Lower Patricia encampment when evidence of suitable housing has been provided by BC Housing.
  2. An appeal of the decision in Prince George (City) v. Stewart, 2021 BCSC 2089 to the BC Court of Appeal, and to seek assistance on the costs of the appeal from the UBCM appeal fund and other local governments in BC.

The purpose of the new BC Supreme Court application is public safety for both for the Lower Patricia encampment occupants and neighboring residents and businesses, according to a statement from the city. The city has been working closely with BC Housing and is informed that housing and emergency shelter space is available now.

The appeal to the BC Court of Appeal will address what the city believes to be errors in the law within the BC Supreme Court’s reasons for judgment.

The city has complied with the decision by closing the George Street encampment on November 2  when BC Housing safely relocated the 20 occupants to a supportive housing facility.  

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