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City worries about possible tent city

Vancouver city council worries about the health and safety of people who may co-opt a tent city proposed for the Olympic Village, said Coun. Kerry Jang.

Vancouver city council worries about the health and safety of people who may co-opt a tent city proposed for the Olympic Village, said Coun. Kerry Jang.

VanAct organizer Tristan Markle said the tents’ purpose is to bring homelessness awareness and the need for affordable housing to the forefront of people’s minds.

“There’s an affordability crisis in Vancouver. The time has come to … address the negative impact of the Olympics … and reclaim the village once and for all.”

But Jang doesn’t agree, saying he believes the city is right on track with the village.

“Two-thirds — 252 units — are slated for affordable housing and for those with core needs.”

To do more than that would be “bad economics,” he added.

 
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