May 14, 2016 5:16 pm

Plumbing coming to Victoria tent city

Residence of a homeless camp are shown in Victoria on Monday, January 11, 2016.


VICTORIA – Plumbing is being installed at a tent city set up on the lawn of Victoria’s court house.

The province is installing running water and a flushing toilet at the homeless camp, where about 100 people have been living since last spring.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps helps says the plumbing comes in response from neighbourhood concerns, including the smell associated with the camp’s port-a-potties.

Neighbours living near the site have called it an urban ghetto, saying they have picked up discarded needles, human waste and other garbage left in the area by campers.

Helps says the province is looking for other places to house the campers because no one wants the tent city to stay on the courthouse lawn permanently.

Last month the B.C. Supreme Court refused to grant the government an interim injunction to dismantle the camp, but the province is expected to go back to court later this year seeking a permanent injunction.

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