Protest Camp At Municipal Hall

October 11, 2017

A small protest camp has been set up at the rear of the Municipal Hall.

This camp has moved to a new location in the CRD every 7 days, arriving today from Saanich. The camp organizer has personally committed that the camp will leave Oak Bay on Tuesday, October 17th. At this time, we have no reason to doubt her word.

We understand this may be uncomfortable for some residents and we’re asking for your patience and understanding. We want to assure you that we’re closely monitoring the camp and will continue to do so throughout the 7 days, both day and night.

Your safety is always our primary concern and we plan on ensuring its not impacted by this temporary camp. At this time, we have no reason to believe it will be. However, we will also be increasing our patrols in the neighbourhoods surrounding the camp.

The campers have committed to cleaning up upon their departure and maintaining a clean camp during their stay. The Parks Department will be monitoring the camp throughout the week and will attend the site after their departure to ensure its returned to its normal state.

The issue of homelessness is complex and polarizing. Police must use a measured approach when enforcing the law, particularly at a peaceful protest where there is a set date for departure.

Our primary objective is to ensure public safety and we are committed to doing that.