Panhandling Update

On March 6, 2001 the City of Vancouver repealed By-law 7885 - A By-law to Regulate and Control Panhandling. It then amended the Street and Traffic By-law to prohibit "Obstructive Solicitation." This By-law is less restrictive than the old one but it still is aimed at panhandling. The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre will continue its challenge but it is now against the Street and Traffic By-law. The hearing is currently scheduled for March 19, 2001 but on March 12 the City of Vancouver will be making a court application to adjourn the hearing.