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13Jun

Vic PD to keep watch on Car Free YYJ event | CBC News

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People attending this weekend’s Car Free YYJ event will be under the watchful eye of Victoria police.

The department says it will be deploying temporary security cameras to make sure people are safe and the event is family-friendly.

Car Free YYJ is held on Father’s Day in the city’s downtown. Nine block are closed to vehicles to facilitate entertainment, food and art.

VicPD has previously used temporary surveillance cameras at other public events such as Symphony Splash.

It say the CCTV cameras will be monitored and publicly placed in accordance with both provincial and federal privacy laws.

Cameras not permanent

Residents can expect to see the cameras going up over the next couple of days, along with temporary signs to make people aware.

Police say the cameras will come down shortly after the Sunday event.

Car Free YYJ is Sunday, June 16 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. PT along Douglas Street.




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13Jun

Possible measles exposure at Vancouver airport: health officials

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A measles patient.


A measles patient.


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The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is warning that travellers at Vancouver’s airport on Sunday may have been exposed to measles.

The centre says a passenger with the disease had a layover at Vancouver International Airport on June 9.

It warns passengers on an Air China flight from Beijing that arrived in Vancouver at 10:50 a.m. that day and those aboard an Air Canada flight to Regina that left at 2 p.m. may have been exposed.

The passenger went through Canada Customs and Immigration so the centre says people in the main terminal may also be vulnerable.

Measles is a highly infectious airborne disease and symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash that starts centrally and spreads to the limbs.

Passengers, crew and travellers who may have come into contact with measles are asked to check their immunization status.

The centre says if you become ill and suspect you have measles, call your doctor and inform them so they can arrange a visit in a way that avoids infecting others in the waiting room.

Dozens of people in British Columbia have been infected with measles this year, prompting health officials to emphasize the importance of immunizations.

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13Jun

Delta man charged after allegedly punching teen during robbery

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A Delta man has been charged after allegedly punching a teen twice during a robbery.


A Delta man has been charged after allegedly punching a teen twice during a robbery.

According to Delta police, six teens were walking near 1st Avenue and English Bluff Road in Tsawwassen on June 2 around 1 a.m. when a man approached them.

The man demanded the group hand over wallets, money and other valuables or he would shoot them. When a teen protested that he didn’t have a wallet on him, the man allegedly punched the teen twice in the face.

The group then fled and called 911 to report the robbery.

During a followup investigation, a nearby resident called Delta police to report their security camera had captured footage of a suspicious man in the area the same evening as the robbery.

Insp. Guy Leeson said the footage “proved instrumental” in tracking down a suspect. He encouraged other residents to register their security cameras with the Community Watch Program, as the footage captured could be valuable in a wide range of police investigations.

Property crime investigators were then able to locate a suspect and searched his property before arresting him.

Katlin James Richardson, a 32-year-old Delta man, faces three counts of robbery, one count of uttering threats and one count of assault. Richardson is in custody and will appear in court on June 14.

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13Jun

Security measures have made Anita Place feel like a prison: lawyer | CBC News

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Lawyers representing occupants of the Anita Place homeless camp in Maple Ridge are back in B.C. Supreme Court in an effort to get a judge to clarify an injunction order from February.

Advocates for the camp occupants — which now number as few as seven, when there were once almost 200 — claim the security imposed on the camp by the City of Maple Ridge is excessive, and restrictions put the occupants at risk.

“It’s fenced entirely all around, it’s surrounded by security guards at all times, the number of security guards often outnumbers the number of homeless people inside, there’s a security camera,” said Anna Cooper, a staff lawyer with Pivot Legal Society.

Cooper described Anita Place as feeling like a medium-security prison.

She said the injunction ordered Feb. 8 gave Maple Ridge officials powers to ensure fire safety and to assist people to move into housing.

“What we have seen happen instead is that since that order was granted, the city has taken a number of actions which have effectively closed camp and blocked people from visiting and blocked people from accessing harm reduction on that site,” said Cooper.

According to Cooper, the goal of the application before the court is to show the judge what has happened since the injunction was ordered, in the hope that he’ll allow people to return to Anita Place to live, as well as allowing visitors.

‘It’s like a refugee camp down there’

One of the few people still living at Anita Place is Dwayne Martin. He has built a two-storey cabin at the site.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s like a refugee camp down there,” said Martin. “I’ve gotta get my bags checked. I can’t have any visitors.”

Dwayne Martin was at the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, as lawyers argued that Maple Ridge officials have been taking an injunction order agains the Anita Place camp too far. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

“It’s not right what they’re doing and I’ve got no problem fighting,” he said, adding that he plans to build additional floors onto his cabin.

Meanwhile, Eva Bardonnex, who lived at Anita Place until she moved into modular housing November, said the fact that there are only about seven people living at the camp isn’t due to the fact that people have found proper housing — they’ve just found other places to camp.

“Those people didn’t go and get homes, a lot of them are in the bush,” said Bardonnex, who does peer support work. “They’re back in the bush, there’s another camp that’s set up — we’re not going to say where, but there’s another camp that’s actually set up. They’re still there. They’re still homeless.”

Jeffrey Locke, the lawyer representing Maple Ridge, argued in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday that searching camp occupants’ bags is no different than searching bags of people entering a stadium for a sports event.

He told the judge that the practice is “to strengthen the efficacy of your lordship’s order.”

Locke said outside the courtroom that he plans to show the court that the injunction order has successfully made the property safer. He hopes to have the application thrown out.

The court proceedings continue through Thursday.


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