Residents and protesters at a Lethbridge tent encampment site prepared themselves to confront city clean-up crews who arrived at the site Thursday morning. They believed the workers were coming to tear down the tent encampment site as part of a $230,000 allocation City Council recently approved on Tuesday, to be used for encampment clean-up. The crews were, in fact, only there to remove garbage and any other waste the residents wished to dispose of. Activist Chris Rowley says the misunderstanding was a result of poor communication from the City.
Meanwhile the city’s homeless are becoming more vocal about the problems they are facing. Arvin Paul White Cow says that blame for the unavailability of affordable housing should be placed squarely at the feet of the leaders of all levels of government.