In an interview with CBC News Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman said today, “It comes down to financial dollars, resources and expertise. Cities are supposed to look after really exciting things like water and sewer.”
Banman has yet to reveal how much has been spent suing the homeless, defending against lawsuits from the homeless, using the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) to ‘displace and disperse’ the homeless or compensate the homeless for using chicken feces and pepper spray as a social policy tool.
The City of Abbotsford and Pivot Legal Society are in BC Supreme Court today as the City battles for the right to discriminate against homeless people through a series of bylaws designed to prohibit overnight sleeping, cooking, erecting any structure on parks on city property within city limits or even sleeping in one’s own car.
According to the CBC, “Banman says despite Abbotsford’s perceived hard-line approach, the city is doing its best to help the homeless — but he said it won’t be dropping the controversial anti-loitering bylaws.”
Check back for updates on the case.
Additional coverage of this morning’s press conference by the Vancouver Sun can be found here.