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Victoria’s Homeless Tent City Must Go, Court Rules

Homeless Campers In Victoria's tent city — The Canadian Press

Homeless Campers In Victoria’s Tent City — The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press, (Vancouver Sun) July 05, 2016

A British Columbia judge has ordered the shut down of a camp on the lawn of Victoria’s courthouse where about 100 people have been living since last fall.

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the B.C. Supreme Court said in a 40-page decision released Tuesday conditions have deteriorated at the so-called tent city.

“I have come to the conclusion that the encampment is unsafe for those living there and for the neighbouring residents and businesses and cannot be permitted to continue,” he wrote.

The ruling grants the province an injunction to shut down the camp over the next several weeks.

It was the second time the government had applied for an injunction. Hinkson denied the original application in April, ruling the government hadn’t proved it would suffer irreparable harm if an injunction wasn’t granted.

Conditions changed between the two injunction applications, Hinkson said, adding that violence and criminal activity at the camp have “markedly increased” in recent months.

“There is evidence that members of an organized and criminal street gang have been present at the encampment, and at one point were resident there,” he said.

Neighbours have also reported seeing drug paraphernalia, used condoms and evidence of rats in and around the site in recent months, the ruling said.

Hinkson ordered residents of the tent city to leave as soon as they can and move into housing made available by the province.

He also ordered all fences and obstructions in the camp to be removed immediately.

Everyone will need to have moved off the site, and all structures and possessions must be taken away, by Aug. 8 at the latest, the ruling said.

Housing Minister Rich Coleman has said the government will have housing available for every camper by that date.

The province has already provided more than 190 spaces for Victoria’s homeless since last October, including shelter and living units at a former youth jail, a community centre and a seniors care facility, Coleman has said.

In the next three days, anyone without a place to live must identify themselves to provincial officials so they can get help finding housing, the ruling said.

The court order shows the province has done a good job of providing housing for people who need it, Coleman said in a recorded statement reacting to the decision.

“And we can now bring this particular site back to use for everyone in the city of Victoria.”

What happens if campers remain after the Aug. 8 deadline is unclear.

The Victoria Police Department said the order does not contain any specific direction for it to follow, so officers will review the details of the decision and work with other interested parties to determine its next steps.

Coleman said the province has a transition plan in place for people living in the camp.

“We will continue to relocate them into the appropriate shelter in an orderly and co-operative way,” he said.

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Winnipeg Serial Killer Who Targeted Homeless Men Gets Life Sentence

John Paul Ostamas has pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder in the slaying of three homeless men in Winnipeg.

John Paul Ostamas pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder in the slaying of three homeless men in Winnipeg.

The Canadian Press | May 3, 2016

WINNIPEG – A man has admitted to killing three men in a case that sent chills through Winnipeg’s homeless community.

John Ostamas pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder for the deaths in April 2015.

The 40-year-old faces an automatic life sentence. A judge is to decide his parole eligibility on June 27.

Court heard Ostamas attacked Myles Monias, 37, in a downtown bus shelter and left him for dead.

Two weeks later, Donald Collins, 65, was killed in a back alley. Within a few hours, 48-year-old Stony Bushie was killed in a parkade.

Police at the time warned people living on the streets to be careful.

Ostamas, originally from Thunder Bay, Ont., had also been staying at a Winnipeg homeless shelter, investigators revealed after his arrest. They said Ostamas knew both Collins and Bushie, although they weren’t friends.

Ostamas has a criminal record that includes multiple assaults in the Thunder Bay area dating back to 2002, said police.

They also said they were alerting other jurisdictions to see if Ostamas could be a suspect in other crimes.

Defence lawyer Greg Brodsky said his client told police that the Winnipeg killings were out of revenge, but that’s not the case.

“He’s claiming, in the agreed statement of facts, that what he did was vengeance for people who raped his girlfriend,” Brodsky told reporters outside the courthouse.

“If he did exact vengeance and went out to find the people that did that, and kill them as a result, that would be first-degree murder. We’re not pleading to first-degree murder. That’s him puffing himself up.”

Brodsky said his client has mental-health issues, but it would have been inappropriate to argue he was not criminally responsible for the murders.

(CJOB, The Canadian Press)

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Homeless Inuk Man’s Selfless Act Caught On Video In Montreal

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Putulik Kufak says he helped the 14-year-old because he knows what it’s like to be homeless and cold. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

‘Often, those who live on the street are people with really big hearts.’

It was a selfless act: a homeless man spots an apparently homeless teenager asking for money and stops to give him the coat off his back.

Little did he know that he was being filmed the whole time.

Putulik Kufak, originally from Cape Dorset in Nunavut, has been living on the streets of Montreal for 17 years.

So when he saw a teenager out in the cold, asking for money, he thought nothing of helping him out.

“It’s very cold,” Kufak tells the teen, before taking off his jean jacket and handing it to the boy.

As it turns out, the teenager was not homeless and was taking part in a social experiment being filmed by his brother, Angel Azmeer.

“We wanted to see what people would do if a 14-year-old took to the street asking for money,” Azmeer said.

“Some gave a bit of money, but most people just ignored him. We were shocked that the one person to really help was homeless himself.”

Homeless Inuk man’s selfless act caught on camera in Montreal. ‘Posted by CBC News, Jan 13, 2016

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Tribe Seeks Hate Crime Charges After Parks Employee Shot 2 Native Americans, Killing One

Roy Clyde is taken into custody half a block from the shooting.

Roy Clyde is taken into custody half a block from the shooting.

By Rachelle Blidner

The Northern Arapaho Tribe wants a Wyoming man charged with a hate crime after police say he killed one tribal member and wounded another at a detox center while targeting homeless alcoholics.

Roy Clyde, a 32-year-old parks employee, told authorities he shot Stallone Trooper and James (Sonny) Goggles as they were lying in beds at the Center of Hope in Riverton on Saturday, police said.

Trooper, 29, died at the scene, and Goggles is in serious condition at a nearby hospital. It’s unclear whether either of them was homeless.

Riverton, a town of about 11,000 people in central Wyoming, is surrounded by the Wind River Indian Reservation, home to the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes.

Tribal leaders who plan to meet with federal officials in Washington next week called for an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“The trend of violence against Indian people in and around Riverton is alarming,” Dean Goggles, chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council and cousin of victim Sonny Goggles, said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s our responsibility as tribal leaders to do everything we can to try and stop these crimes of hate.”

Clyde said he lashed out because he was tired of cleaning up after “park rangers” — a term for homeless alcoholics that is often used against Native Americans who drink in area parks — according to police.

He reportedly told investigators he would have killed white people if he thought they were “park rangers.”

The victims “are members of our tribe, they are human beings and they matter to us,” Norman Willow, a member of the business council, said in a statement. “We are sickened by what happened here.”

Sonny Goggles was shot at the detox center and is in serious condition at a hospital.

Sonny Goggles was shot at the detox center and is in serious condition at a hospital.

The Council said it had received a “steady stream of reports about abusive behavior towards native people,” including one about a woman who was shot in the face by a passing car in Riverton in 2013. She was reportedly released from the hospital without treatment.

“Now, another two of our tribal members have been gunned down while in a shelter,” councilmember Richard Brannan said. “I’ve lived here my whole life, and the anti-Indian sentiment seems to be getting worse.”

People need to acknowledge that “racism played a role in this,” just like it did in the murder of nine black people in a Charleston, S.C., church last month, Councilmember Ronald Oldman said.

Roy Clyde, 32, confessed to shooting two men at a substance abuse treatment center because he was tired of homeless people's alleged behavior in parks, according to cops.

Roy Clyde, 32, confessed to shooting two men at a substance abuse treatment center because he was tired of homeless people’s alleged behavior in parks, according to cops.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Cheyenne is in contact with local agencies about the investigation, spokesman John R. Powell said.

“If the Department of Justice feels that they have to prosecute that as a hate crime, I don’t think they’ll find an awful lot of opposition,” Riverton Mayor John (Lars) Baker said.

With News Wire Services

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/wyoming-tribe-man-shot-2-charged-hate-crime-article-1.2300063

Fed-Up Park Worker Shot ‘Two Homeless Native Americans’ At Detox Centre

This Saturday, July 18, 2015 photo shows police officers surrounding the suspect in a shooting in Riverton, Wyo. The Wyoming man accused of opening fire at an alcohol detoxification center, killing one man and wounding another, is a parks employee who said he targeted the facility because he was tired of cleaning up after the homeless population, police said Monday. (Tibby McDowell/Riverton Ranger via AP)

This Saturday, July 18, 2015 photo shows police officers surrounding the suspect in a shooting in Riverton, Wyo. The Wyoming man accused of opening fire at an alcohol detoxification center, killing one man and wounding another, is a parks employee who said he targeted the facility because he was tired of cleaning up after the homeless population, police said Monday. (Tibby McDowell/Riverton Ranger via AP)

The Associated Press

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A parks employee in a central Wyoming city who said he was incensed by homeless people drinking in parks slipped into a detox center over the weekend and shot two men in the head as they were lying in their beds, killing one and critically wounding the other, authorities charge.

A judge on Monday ordered Roy Clyde, 32, of Riverton held without bond. Clyde is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. A preliminary hearing was set for July 29.

Riverton police Capt. Eric Murphy said Monday that Clyde is a 13-year employee of the City of Riverton. Murphy said Clyde called police after the shooting at the Center of Hope facility and reported it. Police arrested him nearby.

Clyde told investigators that he targeted the detox facility because he was tired of cleaning up after homeless people, Murphy said. “And basically he was angry at that, and that’s what precipitated him to go and do this violent act,” Murphy said.

Despite Roy Clyde’s reported complaint, there was no immediate indication that anyone inside the Center of Hope facility — including the victims — was homeless at the time of Saturday’s attack. Moreover, police say the center caters to all segments of the population with addiction problems.

Fed-Up Park Worker 'Shot Two At Detox Centre'

Fed-Up Park Worker ‘Shot Two At Detox Centre’

According to police statement filed in court Monday, Clyde told investigators he had long been considering killing people he referred to as “park rangers.” In Riverton, the term “park rangers” refers to homeless alcoholics — most of them American Indians. Many come to the city from the surrounding Wind River Indian Reservation, where alcohol is illegal, and drink in the parks.

The reservation is home to both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. A spokesman for the Northern Arapaho Tribe said Monday that both victims in the shooting, whom authorities have not yet publicly identified, were Northern Arapaho.

Police Det. Scott Peters filed a statement in Fremont County Circuit Court on Monday to support the charges against Clyde.

“Clyde admitted that he had been considering killing people he referred to as ‘park rangers,'” Peters wrote, adding that Clyde stated his decision was not race-based.

“He specifically indicated that if he had encountered white people meeting his criteria, he would have killed them as well,” Peters wrote.

Fremont County Attorney Patrick J. LeBrun declined comment on the case. He said Clyde didn’t yet have an attorney.

According to Murphy, Clyde walked through the back door of the Center of Hope, passed two staff members and went to an area for clients, where he shot the men. As he walked back out, he set down a handgun and was arrested soon thereafter.

Some staff members and clients of the detox center locked themselves in a bathroom when the shooting started, Murphy said.

The center, run by Volunteers of America, caters to anyone with addiction problems. Law enforcement agencies commonly take all sorts of people there who have been abusing alcohol or drugs, Murphy said.

“They have different levels of treatment,” he said. “If they encounter somebody who’s intoxicated, they can take them there for the evening until they sober up.”

A telephone call to the center went unanswered on Monday.

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/07/20/police-man-held-in-detox-center-shooting-resented-homeless