Homelessness

The Campbell River Community Centre is the location of the EWS. File Photo

Campbell River extreme weather shelter extended

Around 30 people have used the shelter each night since Christmas Eve

 

Camping outside the Centennial Building in downtown Campbell River is reportedly ongoing, despite efforts by municipal bylaw to redirect it to Nunns Creek Park. Photo by Sean Feagan/Campbell River Mirror

Temporary warming shelter approved for Nunns Creek Park

Facility will likely be large, heated tent with cots sited in parking lot

 

Nanaimo children’s author Lois Peterson’s latest book is ‘Shelter: Homelessness in our Community.’ (Photo courtesy Louroo Photography)

Vancouver Island author pens children’s book on homelessness

Nanaimo’s Lois Peterson to bring latest book ‘Shelter’ on virtual classroom tour

 

The security company that had been doing overnight patrols in downtown Campbell River has stopped the service due to staffing issues. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
The security company that had been doing overnight patrols in downtown Campbell River has stopped the service due to staffing issues. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Campbell River still does not have an extreme weather shelter. Black Press File Photo

No emergency weather shelter yet for unhoused Campbell Riverites

Staffing and lack of available facilities led to lack of shelter space this winter

Campbell River still does not have an extreme weather shelter. Black Press File Photo
A Walk With Me tour starts in from Spirit Square in downtown Campbell River on Oct. 23, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

VIDEO: Walk With Me sheds light on toxic drug crisis in downtown Campbell River

Downtown audio walking tour shares stories of those affected

A Walk With Me tour starts in from Spirit Square in downtown Campbell River on Oct. 23, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Island Health says tents are a far cry from a proper isolation space. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 cases confirmed inside Greater Victoria supportive housing community

Island Health officials call for the return of proper isolation spaces in hotels and shelters

Island Health says tents are a far cry from a proper isolation space. (Black Press Media file photo)
Regional Chief Terry Teegee speaks to the press after Premier John Horgan announced Indigenous human rights will be recognized in B.C. with new legislation during a press conference at the provincial Legislature in Victoria on October 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Prince George bylaw targeting homeless people ‘scapegoats’ the poor, says expert

Municipality criticized for using harsh regulations to force street people from public spaces

Regional Chief Terry Teegee speaks to the press after Premier John Horgan announced Indigenous human rights will be recognized in B.C. with new legislation during a press conference at the provincial Legislature in Victoria on October 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
City council approved funding for new security and clean-up initatives. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

City council funds overnight security patrols, clean-up efforts

Efforts to improve safety and cleanliness downtown and beyond continue

City council approved funding for new security and clean-up initatives. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Strengthening Communities’ Services grant will support agencies delivering services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. (Black Press files)

SRD secures $1 million grant to support people suffering from homelessness

Pandemic has let to increase in visibility and amount of unsheltered homelessness

Strengthening Communities’ Services grant will support agencies delivering services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. (Black Press files)
Dr. Alina Turner, president and co-founder of HelpSeeker Technologies, who is taking part in a federally funded project designed to predict what will happen to homelessness, suicide and domestic violence rates, is pictured at the company's office in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 23, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Where will homelessness rise or fall? A federally funded AI has some predictions

Helpseeker says numbers should help policy-makers decide on where to put resources

Dr. Alina Turner, president and co-founder of HelpSeeker Technologies, who is taking part in a federally funded project designed to predict what will happen to homelessness, suicide and domestic violence rates, is pictured at the company's office in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 23, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Sean Smith, Blackbird Security’s district supervisor for North Vancouver Island, says the company’s patrols do not replace the work of police and municipal enforcement, but rather enhance them. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

​​Downtown BIA looking for businesses to support private overnight patrols

Blackbird Security starting patrols from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. downtown to be eyes and ears on crime

Sean Smith, Blackbird Security’s district supervisor for North Vancouver Island, says the company’s patrols do not replace the work of police and municipal enforcement, but rather enhance them. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
A Nanaimo man, experiencing homelessness, sustained serious injuries after he was intentionally run over with a vehicle, and his daughter is setting up a trust fund to help with his recovery. (GoFundMe image)

Fundraiser benefits man experiencing homelessness who was purposely struck by motorist in Nanaimo

Daughter creating a trust fund to help her father as he recovers

A Nanaimo man, experiencing homelessness, sustained serious injuries after he was intentionally run over with a vehicle, and his daughter is setting up a trust fund to help with his recovery. (GoFundMe image)
Campbell River’s 2021 Point in Time count found 116 people were experiencing homelessness on the day of the count. File photo

First Campbell River homelessness count in three years sees 43 per cent increase

And First Point in Time count doesn’t reflect all forms of homelessness

Campbell River’s 2021 Point in Time count found 116 people were experiencing homelessness on the day of the count. File photo
editorial

OUR VIEW: Keep the dialogue going

Homelessness has become a divisive issue with hard liners on both sides

  • Jun 9, 2021
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Residents with pets can move into housing such as these tiny homes near Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Victoria area homeless pet trends bucking expectations

No increased influx of animals as people move from parks to housing in Victoria: BC SPCA

Residents with pets can move into housing such as these tiny homes near Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A motion heading to Victoria council’s committee-of-the-whole this Thursday (June 3) aims to prohibit sheltering in Beacon Hill Park for two years. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria considering two-year camping ban in Beacon Hill Park

Motion on June 3 agenda calls for park rehabilitation period in wake of intensive camping

A motion heading to Victoria council’s committee-of-the-whole this Thursday (June 3) aims to prohibit sheltering in Beacon Hill Park for two years. (Black Press Media file photo)
People gather under the glass ceiling because it provides shelter from the elements during the winter months. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

Police balance needs of the disadvantaged with the safety of property and its owners

Most frequent complaints Campbell River RCMP deal with are unwanted individuals and loitering

People gather under the glass ceiling because it provides shelter from the elements during the winter months. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
City of Campbell River workers start to remove the glass at Spirit Square. The work comes after recommendations from the Downtown Safety Select Committee, and has been called ‘mean-spirited’ by advocates working to help the unhoused. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

City begins dismantling Spirit Square stage roof

Downtown Campbell River facility provided shelter for people experiencing homelessness

City of Campbell River workers start to remove the glass at Spirit Square. The work comes after recommendations from the Downtown Safety Select Committee, and has been called ‘mean-spirited’ by advocates working to help the unhoused. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Still from a video posted on social media of a man lighting fireworks next to a homeless person’s encampment in the parking lot at St. Mary’s on Mary Street in Chilliwack. The video was posted on April 21, 2021 but it’s unclear if the incident happened that day. (Facebook)

VIDEO: Man sets off fireworks next to homeless person’s cart in Fraser Valley

No police reports made into incident shared on social media

Still from a video posted on social media of a man lighting fireworks next to a homeless person’s encampment in the parking lot at St. Mary’s on Mary Street in Chilliwack. The video was posted on April 21, 2021 but it’s unclear if the incident happened that day. (Facebook)