June 25, 2019
The City of Winnipeg is cancelling its plans to dismantle homeless camps amid pressure from several advocates.
In May, the city released a request for proposals on its website, looking for a contractor to help discard “bulky waste” that makes up “temporary homeless shelters,” collect and dispose of biohazardous items from parks and other public areas, and collect used needles.
The city had said the request for proposals was in response to an increase in calls to 311 about needles and sharps.
A spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that the city has withdrawn the request following a meeting with several groups who work with vulnerable people.
They had expressed concerns that the plan was short-sighted and could be harmful to people who are already displaced and facing multiple challenges.