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Published on 18 Oct 2008
The Tent City in Mayor's Grove, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC, was busted and dismantled on October 17, 2008 Four days earlier, the BC Supreme Court overturned a City of Victoria bylaw that prohibited erecting temporary shelters in city parks. Two days after that, in a closed door meeting, city council created a new bylaw requiring all tents dismantled after 7am and not put up again until after 9pm. Several people chose to ignore this unconstitutional new bylaw and remain in the park. Police response was swift and uncompromising.