Wednesday, April 17, 2024

A “Tent City” just arrived in Oak Bay


No, you haven’t accidentally time-travelled. A miniature “tent city” has arrived in Oak Bay, recalling memories of the 2015-2016 law court grounds.

But this time, the tents are only temporary, and their footprint will be much smaller.

Chrissy Brett has set up camp behind the Oak Bay municipal hall as part of a “cultural fast”. She’s calling on municipalities, the provincial government, and the federal government to address the housing crisis and start poverty-reduction plans.

Police to take a “measured approach”

Ray Bernoties, the Deputy Chief of the Oak Bay Police Department, said that police must use a “measured approach” when enforcing the law regarding this peaceful protest.

“Our primary objective is to ensure public safety and we are committed to doing that,” he told Oak Bay News.

Since September, Brett and accompanying protesters have moved to a new location in the CRD every seven days. They’re scheduled to leave Oak Bay on October 17.

Deputy Chief Bernoties said that police will monitor the camp for the duration of the protestors’ stay.


Alistair Ogden
Former staff writer at Victoria Buzz.

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