Jean Swanson issued a challenge to her fellow Vancouver city council members as they met yesterday. Spend some of the millions gathered from the empty homes tax to get homeless people camping in Oppenheimer Park out of the cold and into hotel rooms.

“If we have the political will, we can do it. We have $20 million from the empty homes tax, we have $5 million from [Community Amenity Contributions],” COPE party member Swanson urged. “I’m sure the money is there. It depends on what our priorities are.”