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Chilliwack, B.C., Homeless Camp Residents Get Trespass Notice

A resident of a homeless camp in Chilliwack holds up a notice of trespass. The group of people living there in tents have been ordered to leave by Monday at noon. (Deborah Goble/CBC)

Homelessness growing the fastest in the Fraser Valley out of all of the Lower Mainland

Residents of a homeless camp in Chilliwack, B.C., have been handed a notice of trespass — despite their claims they have nowhere else to go.

“This is one of a few tent cities in Chilliwack. We’ve all banded together to survive because there are no beds at shelters,” said Dawnette Simons, who has been living at the camp since it started five years ago.

Simons said the residents were given the notice 10 days ago and have been told to leave by Monday at noon.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do. This is the end of the rope, so to speak, in terms of a place for homeless people like us,” she said.

The residents say they believe they’re on Crown land. But there are signs saying no trespassing all around the camp.

Veronica Evans lives in this tent with four other family members, including her 72-year-old mother. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

Simons says the group isn’t planning to dispute the order. Instead, it’s now looking to move to a patch of grass in the middle of a three-way intersection close to a nearby Walmart.

The camp at Evans Road is the same place where a 51-year-old woman died after her tent collapsed under heavy snow last winter.

That woman’s sister is Veronica Evans, who still lives at the camp. She lives in a tent with five family members, including her 72-year-old mother. They all use a propane stove to keep warm.

“I have an air horn if there’s a fire,” Evans said.

“I go ‘doot doot doot’ and everyone comes running with shovels and what not, and we put the fires out in minutes.”

Homelessness in the Fraser Valley has grown faster than anywhere else in the Lower Mainland. In Chilliwack, the homeless count nearly tripled, from 73 to 221 people.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz didn’t respond to CBC requests for an interview on Sunday. But she has previously told CBC News that there are 18 different homeless camps spread throughout the large municipality.

She also pointed out that housing is a provincial responsibility.

CBC News


Suspect Charged In Connection With Homicide Of Ramsey Whitefish

Ramsey Whitefish leaves College Park Court in 2004 after the two police officers accused of assaulting him were acquitted. The bandages on his face are the result of a recent car accident. (TONY BOCK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

Ramsey Whitefish leaves College Park Court in 2004 after the two police officers accused of assaulting him were acquitted. (TONY BOCK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

By Black Powder | Red Power Media, Staff, May 20, 2016

Suspect arrested for Toronto’s 30th homicide after aboriginal man found dead

Police have identified an aboriginal man found dead in Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village earlier this week as 42-year-old Ramsey Whitefish.

According to a Toronto Police Service News Release, on Wednesday, May 18, at 12:04 a.m., police responded to an Unknown Trouble call in the Yonge Street and Gloucester Street area.

Whitefish was found in front of 60 Gloucester St and was pronounced dead on the scene, says the Daily Xtra.

He had suffered obvious physical trauma.

Whitefish’s family has been notified of his death.

The Toronto Star reports, Whitefish, for some two decades, since arriving in the city from a reserve in the Turtle Island area — Whitefish was part Sioux, part Ojibway — had been among the chronically homeless, with its drastic over-representation of aboriginals that can be found to be sleeping rough, that is outside, in parks, on benches and inside doorways.

“He was always on the fringe of homelessness,” says Joe Hester, executive director of Anishnawbe Health Toronto, where Whitefish had once volunteered, sometimes going on street patrols, and where he’d shown up with an issue just a few days before his murder. “Homeless people are generally vulnerable people that don’t have what the rest of us take for granted — a stable environment, family, friends, shelter. He was a vulnerable individual.’’

Police are shown at the scene of a suspicious death investigation on Gloucester Street near Yonge Street early Wednesday morning.

Police are shown at the scene of a suspicious death investigation on Gloucester Street near Yonge Street early Wednesday morning.

Suspect charged with second-degree murder

Detective Paul Worden told CP24, Whitefish frequented the downtown core, but was living in a rooming house near where he was found. Police had been called to the rooming house within the last 48 hours regarding a disturbance between Whitefish and his roommate, he said.

Homicide investigators believe Whitefish was attacked by his roommate. A rock found at the scene – roughly the size of a bowling ball – is believed to have been used in the assault, Worden said.

A suspect was arrested after investigators learned that he was appearing at Old City Hall, Wednesday morning on another matter.

Trevor Severin, 24, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Whitefish.

Severin, appeared in mental health court on Thursday. He was determined to be mentally unfit for the proceeding. A treatment order was issued for psychiatric assessment, with a next court date of June 24.

Whitefish is Toronto’s 30th homicide this year.

No family member has yet come forward to claim Whitefish’s body. But there are plans to hold a memorial — sending-home ceremony — for Whitefish.