Why Victoria Is Considering A Six-Hour Limits In Its Parks

The City of Victoria is proposing to limit the time people can spend in its 137 municipal parks.

City councilors are considering amending the bylaws so that the public can not spend more than 6 hours in a city park in 24 hours.

This change would not target those who shelter at night in the cities parks. The current bylaw allows homeless people to put up their tents in the parks as long as they raise the camp before 7 am. The new regulation only proposes requiring homeless people to change camp sites every morning.

Mayor Lisa Helps agrees with this suggestion because she believes it will help protect the park ecosystem. “When people wake up in the morning, all they ask is that they move at least 100 meters from where they camped to allow the earth to revive,” she said.

In 2015, a tent city arose on the lawn of the Victoria Courthouse, but this provincial property is not subject to municipal bylaws.

City Council must address the issue on Thursday. Other program measures include the closure of sections of the park if necessary for public safety and the right to seize abandoned personal property in the park.

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Carrie Brunner grew up right here on the island in Port Hardy She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.

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