July 4, 2014 5:00 pm
Updated: July 4, 2014 8:55 pm

Fighting for the rights of homeless people: Court to rule on Abbotsford lawsuit


The City of Abbotsford is in court today trying to have a lawsuit launched by homelessness advocates thrown out.

It relates to controversial bylaws designed to limit loitering in public areas.

The city has been interpreted as being anti-homeless. They have made it illegal to camp in public parks and illegal to sleep in a parked car and the relationship between homeless people and the city has become tense in recent months after aggressive anti-homelessness tactics.

That includes city staff spreading chicken manure at a homeless camp in 2013.

Pivot Legal Society says it’s important to have the lawsuit heard because it could have national implications for the rights of homeless people.

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