British Columbia

Oppenheimer Park homeless campers get break on eviction order

Campers facing eviction from Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park have been given until Monday to prepare their legal opposition to the eviction order.

Judge adjourns injuction application until Monday to give campers time to prepare their case

One of the residents of the Oppenheimer Park camp holds up an eviction notice served by the city earlier this month. (CBC)

Homeless campers facing eviction from Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park have been given until Monday to prepare their legal case.

But the judge expressed concerns about safety and security in the tent city on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and has issued a list of orders the campers must comply with in the meantime.

Those orders include requirements that all dogs must be on a leash, no open fires, and all tarps must conform to the shape of the tents by 7 p.m. PT.

Oppenheimer Park, in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, remains a tent city, despite an eviction order issued by the city. (CBC)

The Vancouver Park Board is seeking an injunction order  from B.C. Supreme Court to evict more than 100 people who have been living in the park for several months.

But yesterday at the hearing in Vancouver, lawyers from Pivot Legal Society representing the homeless, argued they need time to prepare a legal defence.

The city says it has offered space in homeless shelters, but many of those in the park have said they don't want to move into temporary shelters and prefer the security of the tent city.