Protestors have been blocking access to the construction site, delaying the project’s timeline
The Supreme Court of BC has granted an injunction to prevent further delays to the construction of temporary modular housing for the homeless in Marpole, according to the City of Vancouver.
Resident protestors have been blocking access to the project site, delaying the project’s timeline and stopping construction. In November, 250 people gathered to protest the city’s decision to allow the complex to be built. Protesters raised concerns over the housing development being built near three schools in the neighbourhood.
On December 1, the BC Housing Management Commission, the City of Vancouver and the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation filed for an injunction to prevent protestors from continuing to delay the undertaking.
The injunction requires that no one obstructs access to the site or loiters on the streets or sidewalks adjacent to it. While the City had issued infraction notices to protestors who blocked the sidewalk near the construction site, protestors continued to block entrances.
“We respect people’s rights to protest, but blocking the construction of much-needed housing for the homeless is not something the City can accept,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a release from the City. “We’ve made the decision to proceed with this project very carefully. The City is listening to comments from the neighbourhood and working hard to resolve any concerns. We have dozens of social and supportive housing projects throughout Vancouver that are successful and I'm confident that this project will be too.”