Homelessness

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers mop-up an RV fire at Moto early Sunday, Sept. 26. Photo: Submitted

Grand Forks fire under investigation as city hall awaits Moto injunction

The city is asking the Supreme Court to clear the disused motocross track

 

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

 

Dep. Fire Chief Stephane Dionne speaks into his two-way radio as Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers put out a small fire at Moto Monday evening, Sept. 13. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks fire dept., RCMP respond to Moto fire

The fire, easily contained by firefighters, was set by a man who wanted to heat some food

 

Photo: Kathleen Saylors

City of Grand Forks to receive $200K grant for homelessness services

City council and housing minister Eby still negotiating proposed Moto shelter project

Photo: Kathleen Saylors
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
Photo: Kathleen Saylors

Grand Forks city hall preparing for injunction to clear Moto

The city’s latest move comes amid ratcheting tensions at the site, says Mayor Taylor

Photo: Kathleen Saylors
Photo: Kathleen Saylors

Grand Forks city council votes down motion to support Penticton in paramountcy battle

Coun. Neil Krog insisted Penticton’s issue with Victoria is about city bylaws, not homelessness

Photo: Kathleen Saylors
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)
Mayor Brian Taylor (left) and Coun. Everett Baker met at Morrissey Creek’s “moto” site on Sunday, April 18. Both said negotiations to build a combined shelter and supportive housing facility at the site were moving forward. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks to keep shelter open during housing negotiations with province

The current facility at 2320 78th Ave. will stay open as a COVID-shelter, according to city council’s resolution

Mayor Brian Taylor (left) and Coun. Everett Baker met at Morrissey Creek’s “moto” site on Sunday, April 18. Both said negotiations to build a combined shelter and supportive housing facility at the site were moving forward. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
City council will vote on Monday, April 12, on the proposed extension to BC Housing’s temporary operating permit for its emergency shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge. Photo: Kate Saylors

Grand Forks, province reach tentative deal to operate permanent homeless shelter

The deal could see a permanent solution to the city’s problems with its “Motocross” campsite

City council will vote on Monday, April 12, on the proposed extension to BC Housing’s temporary operating permit for its emergency shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge. Photo: Kate Saylors
The extreme weather shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge will stay open until May 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ shelter to run until May, as council defers further extension

BC Housing, which funds the shelter, asked council to keep doors open until next spring

The extreme weather shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge will stay open until May 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
An RDKB bylaw officer on Thursday, March 4, concluded their investigation into land-use violations reported at the disused Broadacres facility at 860 Carson Rd., according to planning and development manager Donna Dean. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

No ‘homeless shelter’ at rural Grand Forks’ Broadacres, says RDKB

Regional District planning manager Donna Dean says there’s no camping happening there, either

An RDKB bylaw officer on Thursday, March 4, concluded their investigation into land-use violations reported at the disused Broadacres facility at 860 Carson Rd., according to planning and development manager Donna Dean. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
BC Housing committed to funding a temporary winter shelter at Grand Forks’ Old Hardy View Lodge in October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ shelter operators may ask council to keep Old Hardy View Lodge open longer

The extreme weather shelter at is currently slated to shut its doors on March 31.

BC Housing committed to funding a temporary winter shelter at Grand Forks’ Old Hardy View Lodge in October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
James, a homeless man, rests inside his new plywood structure on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. The box was made by members of the Chilliwack Fire Department. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Homeless man says ‘thank you’ to Chilliwack firefighters for building him a shelter

City of Chilliwack received several calls this week from people concerned about James’ safety

James, a homeless man, rests inside his new plywood structure on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. The box was made by members of the Chilliwack Fire Department. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A snowy Market Avenue lies under the Coldest Night of the Year’s logo. Boundary Family Services is putting the event on across the Boundary this year on Saturday, Feb. 20. Landscape photo by Laurie Tritschler, overlaid with a poster published by Boundary Family Services

Boundary Family Services gearing up for Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser

This year’s event has been modified for COVID-safety, organizers say

A snowy Market Avenue lies under the Coldest Night of the Year’s logo. Boundary Family Services is putting the event on across the Boundary this year on Saturday, Feb. 20. Landscape photo by Laurie Tritschler, overlaid with a poster published by Boundary Family Services
Thursday, Jan. 7. A bobcat hauls a derelict trailer from the disused motor-cross track at the top of Morrisey Creek Road more commonly known as "Moto." Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks city hall takes trailers out of homeless campsite

City hall said the trailers had been abandoned at the former motor-cross track known as “Moto”

Thursday, Jan. 7. A bobcat hauls a derelict trailer from the disused motor-cross track at the top of Morrisey Creek Road more commonly known as "Moto." Photo: Laurie Tritschler
BC Housing committed to funding a temporary winter shelter at Grand Forks’ Old Hardy View Lodge last October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

BC Housings says Grand Forks shelter is working at Old Hardy View Lodge

The housing agency said the shelter had not received any neighbourhood complaints

BC Housing committed to funding a temporary winter shelter at Grand Forks’ Old Hardy View Lodge last October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
A message is written on a door outside a tent at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Residents of the neighbourhood were used to a few people sleeping overnight in a park before moving on, but they weren’t prepared for an entire village of homeless campers still occupying 400 tents after over three months. They have been demanding the city take action to house campers, especially as concerns have mounted about the spread of COVID-19 among hundreds of people living in tight quarters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Specialist who treated rare disease among homeless wants doctors to be aware of signs

Those four cases this year are the only ones known to have occurred in Canada since the mid-1990s

A message is written on a door outside a tent at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Residents of the neighbourhood were used to a few people sleeping overnight in a park before moving on, but they weren’t prepared for an entire village of homeless campers still occupying 400 tents after over three months. They have been demanding the city take action to house campers, especially as concerns have mounted about the spread of COVID-19 among hundreds of people living in tight quarters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A man walks through a homeless camp where approximately 150 people are living at a parking lot on Port of Vancouver property adjacent to Crab Park, in Vancouver on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. announces creation of first-ever ‘navigation centre’ to help homeless

Residents referred to the navigation centre will be able to stay until longer-term housing is available

A man walks through a homeless camp where approximately 150 people are living at a parking lot on Port of Vancouver property adjacent to Crab Park, in Vancouver on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rev. Christine Muise at St. Anne’s Church on Jan. 8 in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)

COVID-19: Shelter-seeking B.C. homeless group resorts to sleeping in graveyard

People to camp near Parksville church at night as group looks for assistance

Rev. Christine Muise at St. Anne’s Church on Jan. 8 in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)