Old Strathcona homeless camp relocates to a park up the street after Monday eviction

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A homeless camp in Old Strathcona has relocated to a park two blocks north of its prior location, which residents were evicted from Monday.

The Peace Camp, providing overnight shelter, meals and supports to upwards of 60 people, reached an agreement with the City of Edmonton to leave Dr. Wilbert McIntrye Park on Monday after a seven-day extension was granted. The city initially intended to remove the camp on Sept. 18 after a closure date wasn’t provided.

Camp organizer Cameron Noyes said they have found a new location at the larger Light Horse Park just up the street to continue offering services as the search for housing persists.

With the weather turning colder, Noyes doubled down that an organized camp is the best option because he doesn’t want people going back into the river valley or the Mill Creek Ravine where they can’t be looked after.

“We are not going to leave anybody behind in this, we absolutely can’t do that. It’s getting cold and these people are so less vulnerable in the situation we have. They have food, they have on-site medical care if needed and they have each other,” he told Postmedia Monday morning. “If we just send them back to Mill Creek Ravine and the river valley, they have none of that. They have no security and no medical care and no meals so it would be in terrible conscience for us to do something like that.”

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