Oppenheimer Park tent city campers ordered to leave by Wednesday

The hundreds of people who've been calling Oppenheimer park home have until this evening to clear out but dozens say they aren't leaving. While housing is being offered, many of the tent city's residents believe the rules are unfair. Sarah Macdonald reports.

After weeks of rumours, campers living at Oppenheimer Park on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been given notice to pack up and leave by Wednesday night.

BC Housing says 100 units in publicly owned and non-profit buildings are available for camp residents.


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The tent city in the Downtown Eastside park is now holding more than 100 campers, some of whom argue they feel safer there than living on the streets or a single-room occupancy (SRO) hotel unit.

“I have my tent and I don’t have a drug dealer willing to sell me drugs off of Hastings Street,” camp resident Craig Shepherd said.

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The city and Vancouver police have continued to raise safety concerns about the encampment, which peaked after a shooting across the street from the park in July.

In a release, the city says the park has seen 17 fires since February.

Outreach workers, police officers, and park board staff were at the tent city on Monday to talk to camp residents.

The park will be cleared out by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

— With files from Grace Ke and Sean Boynton

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