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11/26/2017 12:53 EST | Updated 11/26/2017 13:00 EST

B.C. city asks court to shut down homeless camp, citing safety issues

VANCOUVER — A city in Metro Vancouver is asking the courts for permission to shut down a homeless camp, saying it has become unsafe and is causing problems.

Officials in Maple Ridge are scheduled to be in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday to apply for an injunction to shutter a tent city where up to 80 people have been living since May.

The city originally applied for the injunction in May, saying in court documents that the encampment brought noise, odours, human waste and hypodermic needles to the neighbourhood.

Mayor Nicole Read says in a release that the city shelved the application in June to give homeless advocates a chance to help people living at the camp leave voluntarily, but there has been "no significant movement towards a decampment."

She says fire officials and police have reported that safety in the camp and surrounding neighbourhood has deteriorated further in recent weeks. 

Lawyers representing the camp's residents say in court documents that dismantling the tent city will cause significant harm because Maple Ridge does not have enough available shelter space or permanent affordable housing.

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