December 14, 2020
News flash: The Strathcona Park homeless camp will still be in place at Christmas.
In fact, it will probably remain for many weeks, maybe months despite what you may have heard or read Monday about the city and park board working to clear the encampment and find 200 or so campers some shelter.
That conclusion is based on a few observations and some inside knowledge of the situation.
The first being that nothing has changed since Mayor Kennedy Stewart told me Nov. 10 that city staff was close to securing hotels, rental buildings and shelter space to provide accommodation for some of the estimated 750 people living on the street, including those in Strathcona Park.