Abbotsford wants homeless suit quashed
Pastor Ward Draper (left) stands with street person Nick Zurowski (right), in Abbotsford in 2013 discussing the community treatment of the homeless. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)
The City of Abbotsford is going to B.C. Supreme Court Friday, seeking to strike down a Pivot Legal Society lawsuit which contends city bylaws preventing access to safe shelter are unconstitutional.
“The City of Abbotsford is using laws to push people into alleys and under bridges, putting them in harm’s way and making their lives incredibly unsafe,” says Pivot lawyer DJ Larkin. “Instead of taking action to solve homelessness ... our governments are denying our most vulnerable citizens access to housing and access to justice.”
A decision in favour of Abbotsford would deny the case from being heard in court.