January 6, 2022
With another snowstorm approaching Wednesday, city bylaw and police officers were disbanding another homeless camp in Nanaimo.
The Bastion Street Bridge in downtown Nanaimo has seen a growing number, around 25 people, using the bridge for shelter. But on Wednesday morning, bylaw officers and police cleared it out.
“We were basically all sleeping and the next thing you know the cops and bylaw showed up, telling us we had five minutes to pack up our stuff and get out. They started grabbing our stuff and throwing it away,” said James Brierly, who was among those who lost possessions.
Brierly said he had been staying at the homeless camp for two weeks and received no warning of the teardown.