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Police step up patrols after Stanley Park squatter camps torched

Vancouver police say officers have stepped up patrols after three squatter camps were torched in Stanley Park on Thursday morning.

The arson squad has been called in to investigate the suspected arson fires, said VPD spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness Friday.

Occupying housing from the Pope Squat to Occupy Toronto

It was a sweltering afternoon in late July 2002 when the armoured vehicles of the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force pulled up in front of our building. Quickly we started barricading the door with an old desk, if they were coming to kick us out we weren‘t going to make it easy for them. We waited tensely as the cops approached the door with submachine guns drawn. Our crime? We dared to take over an abandoned building in the middle of a housing crisis. We all survived that early raid and were eventually allowed back into the building where we lived for the next three months — dubbing it the „Pope Squat“ as we occupied it during the pontiff’s visit to Toronto.

Agencies partner to help Mill Bay squatter

Nervous neighbours asked Shawnigan Lake RCMP to visit a man believed to be squatting on the beach in Mill Bay recently.

The man had a carefully hidden lean-to in the bush off Mill Bay Road one kilometre south of the Malahat First Nation offices.

„We had received a couple of calls from folks advising this person made them feel uneasy,“ Shawnigan Lake RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rob Webb said.

B.C. Court upholds homeless right to squat in public parks

VICTORIA — Homeless people’s right to set up temporary shelters in public parks was upheld by the British Columbia Court of Appeal on Wednesday, in a precedent-setting decision that could still face a challenge in the Supreme Court of Canada.

The decision upholds an October 2005 ruling that struck down the City of Victoria’s bylaw that prohibited squatting in public parks.

Lawyer Irene Faulkner, who with her law partner Catherine Boies Parker won the October 2008 case, applauded the court’s decision, released Wednesday.

Demolition starts at Little Mountain Housing Complex

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Demolition has begun at the Little Mountain Housing Complex in Vancouver.

Social housing activists now plan on squatting on the property at Ontario and 33rd, while bulldozers tear down the city’s oldest social housing development.