City staff confirmed Tuesday they already have received a complaint about a London church’s plans to house homeless people in two military-style tents on its grounds during the winter.

“We will be having conversations (with Urban Haven Project) regarding zoning, fire safety and snow load regarding these tents” said Orest Katolyk, the city’s bylaw boss.

Urban Haven Project, founded by Dan Morand, senior pastor at Beth Emmanuel Church, recently announced plans to erect tents on church property on Grey Street in the SoHo neighbourhood.

“There was no need to talk to the city because it’s a tent in our backyard,” Morand told The Free Press. As of Tuesday afternoon, Morand had not heard from anyone at city hall.

The City of Kelowna shut down a growing downtown tent city Tuesday morning and told people who had been living there they can set up camp at two parks a few kilometres away…

Kelowna’s shelters are full, which sparked the city to designate Leon Avenue earlier this year as a space where people could legally set up tents, but the fire department has now deemed the encampment “too hazardous,” prompting Tuesday’s move to the two designated parks…

The early morning announcement was a surprise for people living in the encampment, as well as for people living near the two parks near Knox Mountain, with some saying the city is just moving the problem from one area of town to another.

“It’s not a solution to any problem. It just shifts it over to us,” said Brent Smith, owner of the Knox Mountain Market, which is near both parks.

After plenty of pushback from residents, the City of Kelowna will be taking steps to move the homeless population of Leon Avenue away from the downtown street today.

The decision finally comes after an inspection by the Kelowna Fire Department deemed the living conditions on Leon to be “too hazardous.”

People will be told to pack up their belongings and leave the area early this afternoon, but they aren’t being left without a place to go.

The City has established a pair of spots where the homeless population will be permitted to go set up their tents for temporary overnight shelter.

Lesley Frank predicted the provincial government would opt to discredit, rather than act on a Statistics Canada report released 10 months ago highlighting Nova Scotia’s rising child poverty rate.

“I’ve been tracking child poverty for 20 years now and it’s a typical response from government to blame some statistical problem,” said the Acadia University sociologist and researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Nova Scotia. “It becomes almost like a joke to me.”

The February report showed Nova Scotia was the only province where child poverty increased in 2017, jumping to 17 per cent from 14 per cent the year before.

A recent public opinion poll claims homelessness is the top priority of Ottawans. Yet more than halfway through an ambitious 10-year strategy to eliminate the scourge of chronic homelessness in Ottawa, the situation is getting far worse, not better,

You don’t see residents flooding city hall with complaints over that failure the way they do over potholes or ugly expansions to the Château Laurier. If they did, we might start to see real progress in resolving a crisis that, right now, is nothing less than a disgrace.

Since the ambitious city-wide strategy of eliminating chronic homelessness was launched in 2014, the number of people forced into emergency shelters has actually grown nearly 22 per cent, according to figures released last week by the Alliance to End Homelessness. This is not what success on the homeless front was supposed to look like and it certainly doesn’t suggest Ottawans are sufficiently seized with the issue.

A temporary homeless shelter set up at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in downtown Kitchener is set to close on Monday.

Opening the church doors was an initiative of The Working Centre, which worked in collaboration with a group called the Inner City Health Alliance.

It’s a group of non-profits that took action after the temperature dropped and a significant amount of snow fell on the region on Nov. 11.

Since that time, the church’s outreach co-ordinator Rianne Rops says the number of homeless who took temporary shelter increased from the first night when only 60 showed up.

“I would say we averaged about 100 people a night,” Rops said. “We’ve, to date, had 196 different individuals come use our space. But not all of them are there at once. And about 40 of them are youth.”

Activists in Kelowna’s Rutland neighbourhood handed off a petition with more than 2,800 pages of signatures against a planned McCurdy Road supportive housing project on Sunday.

Organizer Audra Boudreau said when she gave the petition with signatures from more than 13,000 Kelowna residents to local Liberal MLA Norm Letnick to take to the B.C. Legislature it felt like a weight was lifted off of her…

“It’s a big number (of signatures) and we hope that they listen because there are other vulnerable populations that need help that won’t place the children and the seniors that are in that immediate vicinity at risk,” said Boudreau.