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Protests over next few days with tent encampment deadline fast approaching

By Caitlin Snow Feb 23, 2024 | 2:26 PM

Protests are planned Saturday and Monday, over the evacuation of tent encampments around HRM.

The city says people have the right to rally, but violence or destruction of property will not be tolerated.

Monday is the deadline for when those living rough at five encampments including Grand Parade and Victoria Park must leave, and it’s fast approaching.

The city says 25 out of 55 have already moved on to other options, including everyone at the Geary Street green space.

They have gone to places like the Overlook, The Multi-Purpose Centre, the Forum, the modulars and the Waverley Inn.

There also 19 pallet shelters under construction and expected to open soon in Lower Sackville at the Beacon House.

Christina Deveau, from the Department of Community services tells our news room, some unhoused residents will stay at the pallets shelters on a temporary basis, ahead of the storm this weekend.

Extra security will be in place as a result.

HRM gave notice earlier this month, that the encampments will close, saying better options exist and that living outside is a risk.

The city says they do expect all those sheltering will comply.

However, they will work with anyone who refuses to leave on a case-by-case basis alongside the province and service providers, to find a solution.

Encampment locations are currently closed to the public and will remain that way until the parks can be “back to a state suitable for their intended purpose.”