December 14, 2017
Residents of the “Sugar Mountain” tent city in Vancouver are digging in their heels and refusing to leave the city-owned site after they were served a trespassing notice earlier this week.
The city will need a court injunction to force out residents, said J.J. Riach, an organizer with the Alliance Against Displacement. Residents had been asked to leave by noon on Friday so the city can begin construction of modular housing.
Nicknamed “Sugar Mountain” because of its proximity to the B.C. Sugar Refinery, the encampment was erected early last summer on an empty, city-owned lot in the Strathcona neighbourhood at 1131 Franklin St.
“There’s no guarantee the people in camp will get a place (when the modular housing is complete),” said Riach. “We don’t want to leave this lot until we are offered a dignified alternative.”