September 27, 2019
Vancouver’s park board convened an emergency meeting last night (September 26) to discuss the situation in the Downtown Eastside’s Oppenheimer Park.
Despite the debate’s urgent tone, however, the evening concluded with a four-to-two vote to maintain the status quo.
City hall has pressured the board to file an injunction that would allow authorities to clear the park of dozens of homeless people who have camped there for many months now.
Instead, the board’s three Green commissioners—Stuart Mackinnon, Dave Demers, and Camil Dumont—plus COPE’s John Irwin voted to help homeless campers who want to leave Oppenheimer Park find more-stable housing on a voluntary basis.