City of Vancouver Gives Free BlackBerry to Organizer of Illegal Park Protest

by Knowlton Thomas

What happens when you organize an illegal tent city in a park?

You're given a free phone.

The City of Vancouver gave protest organizer Brody Williams a BlackBerry this week, despite his tent city in Oppenheimer Park being against the law. A spokesperson told Global News BC that it was to make communication easier between the tent city and authorities, adding that there was no additional cost to taxpayers to do so.

The tent city, which was erected in mid-July by homeless people, can be taken down should the city and parks board choose to enforce Vancouver's "no camping in public parks" bylaw. However, Williams argues that the park is unceded territory and on native land.

The tent city recently forced the Powell Street Festival, normally hosted in Oppenheimer Park, to adjacent streets.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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