Victoria Squat on the National Day to End Homelessness

On the National Day to End Homelessness, the Victoria Ad Hoc Committee to End Homelessness and the Community Solidarity Coalition helped support a squat in an abandoned building in downtown Victoria, BC. That same day Victoria kicked off a convention for BC municipalities attended by Premier Gordon Campbell and mayors from around the province. The protest ended with tear-gas, riot squad police, jail, and a charge of mischief. Rallies for the homeless continued through-out the week in front of the Victoria convention centre. Watch a video of a homeless activist involved in the squat. The Ad Hoc Committee is continuing on their housing campaign with a list of recommendations for action on housing for the City of Victoria. The Victoria City Council has since agreed to meet with anti-poverty activists to work on its new housing strategy committee.