Homelessness

Boundary Family Services’ Rachel Warriner, pictured outside her office last February, is looking forward to a big turnout this year. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Boundary’s Coldest Night of the Year to come back bigger and better

This year’s fundraiser kicks off Feb. 26 in Grand Forks

Boundary Family Services’ Rachel Warriner, pictured outside her office last February, is looking forward to a big turnout this year. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
A message is written on a door outside a tent at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. A new study says the rates of brain injury are endemic among the homeless.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Brain injury endemic among homeless populations: Vancouver research

31% of those interviewed between Dec. 2016 and May 2018 reported at least one traumatic brain injury

A message is written on a door outside a tent at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. A new study says the rates of brain injury are endemic among the homeless.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Grand Forks City Hall. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

City of Grand Forks gets injunction to clear Moto

Moto residents given two months to leave, says Supreme Court justice

Grand Forks City Hall. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
This first Zoom session offers educational training that will focus on practical skills for preventing and de-escalating conflict. This presentation is for everyone in the community and there is no charge. Image: Submitted

Live in the West Kootenay? Consider joining virtual series addressing local homelessness issues

“A Community’s Guide to Homelessness,” will be presented via Zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 10.

This first Zoom session offers educational training that will focus on practical skills for preventing and de-escalating conflict. This presentation is for everyone in the community and there is no charge. Image: Submitted
Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers mop-up an RV fire at Moto early Sunday, Sept. 26. Photo: Submitted

Grand Forks fire under investigation as city hall awaits Moto injunction

The city is asking the Supreme Court to clear the disused motocross track

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers mop-up an RV fire at Moto early Sunday, Sept. 26. Photo: Submitted
Regional Chief Terry Teegee speaks to the press after Premier John Horgan announced Indigenous human rights will be recognized in B.C. with new legislation during a press conference at the provincial Legislature in Victoria on October 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Prince George bylaw targeting homeless people ‘scapegoats’ the poor, says expert

Municipality criticized for using harsh regulations to force street people from public spaces

Regional Chief Terry Teegee speaks to the press after Premier John Horgan announced Indigenous human rights will be recognized in B.C. with new legislation during a press conference at the provincial Legislature in Victoria on October 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Dep. Fire Chief Stephane Dionne speaks into his two-way radio as Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers put out a small fire at Moto Monday evening, Sept. 13. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks fire dept., RCMP respond to Moto fire

The fire, easily contained by firefighters, was set by a man who wanted to heat some food

Dep. Fire Chief Stephane Dionne speaks into his two-way radio as Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers put out a small fire at Moto Monday evening, Sept. 13. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Photo: Kathleen Saylors

City of Grand Forks to receive $200K grant for homelessness services

City council and housing minister Eby still negotiating proposed Moto shelter project

Photo: Kathleen Saylors
Dr. Alina Turner, president and co-founder of HelpSeeker Technologies, who is taking part in a federally funded project designed to predict what will happen to homelessness, suicide and domestic violence rates, is pictured at the company's office in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 23, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Where will homelessness rise or fall? A federally funded AI has some predictions

Helpseeker says numbers should help policy-makers decide on where to put resources

Dr. Alina Turner, president and co-founder of HelpSeeker Technologies, who is taking part in a federally funded project designed to predict what will happen to homelessness, suicide and domestic violence rates, is pictured at the company's office in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 23, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Photo: Kathleen Saylors

Grand Forks city hall preparing for injunction to clear Moto

The city’s latest move comes amid ratcheting tensions at the site, says Mayor Taylor

Photo: Kathleen Saylors
Photo: Kathleen Saylors

Grand Forks city council votes down motion to support Penticton in paramountcy battle

Coun. Neil Krog insisted Penticton’s issue with Victoria is about city bylaws, not homelessness

Photo: Kathleen Saylors
Still from a video posted on social media of a man lighting fireworks next to a homeless person’s encampment in the parking lot at St. Mary’s on Mary Street in Chilliwack. The video was posted on April 21, 2021 but it’s unclear if the incident happened that day. (Facebook)

VIDEO: Man sets off fireworks next to homeless person’s cart in Fraser Valley

No police reports made into incident shared on social media

Still from a video posted on social media of a man lighting fireworks next to a homeless person’s encampment in the parking lot at St. Mary’s on Mary Street in Chilliwack. The video was posted on April 21, 2021 but it’s unclear if the incident happened that day. (Facebook)
Mayor Brian Taylor (left) and Coun. Everett Baker met at Morrissey Creek’s “moto” site on Sunday, April 18. Both said negotiations to build a combined shelter and supportive housing facility at the site were moving forward. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks to keep shelter open during housing negotiations with province

The current facility at 2320 78th Ave. will stay open as a COVID-shelter, according to city council’s resolution

Mayor Brian Taylor (left) and Coun. Everett Baker met at Morrissey Creek’s “moto” site on Sunday, April 18. Both said negotiations to build a combined shelter and supportive housing facility at the site were moving forward. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
City council will vote on Monday, April 12, on the proposed extension to BC Housing’s temporary operating permit for its emergency shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge. Photo: Kate Saylors

Grand Forks, province reach tentative deal to operate permanent homeless shelter

The deal could see a permanent solution to the city’s problems with its “Motocross” campsite

City council will vote on Monday, April 12, on the proposed extension to BC Housing’s temporary operating permit for its emergency shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge. Photo: Kate Saylors
Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ council asks for public feedback on permit that would keep shelter open until next spring

Council has not yet voted on whether or not to grant BC Housing’s request for another permit

Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The extreme weather shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge will stay open until May 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ shelter to run until May, as council defers further extension

BC Housing, which funds the shelter, asked council to keep doors open until next spring

The extreme weather shelter at the old Hardy View Lodge will stay open until May 3. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
An RDKB bylaw officer on Thursday, March 4, concluded their investigation into land-use violations reported at the disused Broadacres facility at 860 Carson Rd., according to planning and development manager Donna Dean. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

No ‘homeless shelter’ at rural Grand Forks’ Broadacres, says RDKB

Regional District planning manager Donna Dean says there’s no camping happening there, either

An RDKB bylaw officer on Thursday, March 4, concluded their investigation into land-use violations reported at the disused Broadacres facility at 860 Carson Rd., according to planning and development manager Donna Dean. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Walkers across the Boundary raised over $22,000 for Boundary Family Services as part of the region’s first-ever Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) campaign, officially scheduled for last Saturday, Feb. 20. Photo: Laurie Tritschler, with permission of CNOY

Boundary braves Coldest Night of the Year walk-a-thon for area ‘homeless, hungry and hurting’

Proceeds from this year’s first-ever event will go towards Boundary Family Services

Walkers across the Boundary raised over $22,000 for Boundary Family Services as part of the region’s first-ever Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) campaign, officially scheduled for last Saturday, Feb. 20. Photo: Laurie Tritschler, with permission of CNOY
BC Housing committed to funding a temporary winter shelter at Grand Forks’ Old Hardy View Lodge in October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ shelter operators may ask council to keep Old Hardy View Lodge open longer

The extreme weather shelter at is currently slated to shut its doors on March 31.

BC Housing committed to funding a temporary winter shelter at Grand Forks’ Old Hardy View Lodge in October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks RCMP attended a minor fire near the intersection of 78th Ave. and 23rd St. early Thursday, Feb. 18. File photo

Man who lit fire near Old Hardy View Lodge not staying at shelter: Grand Forks RCMP

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue attended the scene at around midnight

Grand Forks RCMP attended a minor fire near the intersection of 78th Ave. and 23rd St. early Thursday, Feb. 18. File photo