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Manure Dump At B.C. Homeless Camp Could Mean Civil Lawsuit

07/05/2013 09:58 EDT | Updated 09/04/2013 05:12 EDT
The City of Abbotsford, B.C., could be facing a civil lawsuit after officials spread chicken manure over a popular gathering place for the homeless in an apparent bid to drive them out of the city.

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The group, being represented by the Pivot Legal Society, has issued a notice of damage to the city, saying they are contemplating a civil suit for “discrimination, harassment and loss of property.”

Pivot lawyer DJ Larkin says the case is important because this wasn't an isolated incident.

"Shortly after the chicken fertilizer incident happened in Abbotsford, the exact same tactic was attempted in another municipality in British Columbia and so we see this kind of thing happening over and over again across British Columbia, across the United States,” she said.

“We think it's really important to take a stand and say homeless people need to be protected.”

Both the mayor and city manager apologized after the incident came to light last month in a column written by a local advocate.

A few weeks later, Abbotsford’s police chief revealed he was investigating allegations police officers slashed tents belonging to homeless people.

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The City of Abbotsford could not be reached for comment.

The group now has six months to finalize their civil suit.

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