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‘A million dollars so far’: Oppenheimer Park camp sees rising city costs, 53% spike in police calls

‘A million dollars so far’: Oppenheimer Park camp sees rising city costs, 53% spike in police calls
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But despite the spike and rising city costs, there’s no sign the longstanding homeless encampment will be cleared anytime soon.

“The violence and stuff that’s happened here, it’s ridiculous,” Baker said. “You got people being raped in here, you got people being stabbed, people being shot.”

Vancouver police numbers reveal police calls to Oppenheimer Park between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 of this year are up 53 per cent over the same period last year.

Two sexual assaults are included in the serious call breakdown for 2019 so far.

Shots fired have increased 800 per cent — from one call by the end of October 2018 to nine calls by the same time this year.

Weapons calls tripled from 18 in 2018 to 54 so far in 2019. Assaults in progress are up 17 per cent, from 24 last year to 28 in 2019.

While assault reports are down 22 per cent and fights have decreased 45 per cent — from 29 calls last year to 16 in 2019 — the city of Vancouver is now sounding the alarm over the safety of campers, after believed to have been sparked by propane heaters and barbecues.

Shooting of woman boosts calls for action on Oppenheimer Park tent city

Shooting of woman boosts calls for action on Oppenheimer Park tent city

By the end of October 2018, there were two sudden deaths recorded in the DTES park. So far this year, there are no known fatalities.

But Tricia Barker, one of two NPA Vancouver Park Board commissioners who support an injunction to clear the park, fears it’s only a matter of time as winter looms and the weather worsens.

Campers were served eviction notices on Aug. 19 after the city and the park board issued a general manager’s order requiring all tents and structures be removed by the evening of Aug. 21.

The city said it would work with its Carnegie Outreach team to offer homes to campers who wished to move indoors.
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