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03.8
22

ranked worst bed bug city in Canada | CTV News – CTV News Toronto

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For the second year in a row, Toronto has been ranked as the worst city for bed bugs in Canada.

In a news release issued Monday, Orkin Canada revealed that Toronto was the city with the most service calls issued for bed bug treatments. The company named Toronto as Canada's worst city for bedbugs last year as well.

The findings are based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by Orkin from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021.

Of the five cities ranked as the worst for bed bugs, three of them are in Ontario. Toronto takes the top spot, while second place goes to Sudbury and fifth place goes to Oshawa. Vancouver ranked third and St. Johns, fourth.

A number of additional Ontario cities made the lower rankings, including Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, Timmins, Ottawa, Mississauga, Etobicoke, North York, Whitby, Peterborough, Hamilton and North Bay.

The worst cities in Canada for bed bugs (Orkin Canada)

While bed bugs may be an unpleasant discovery, Orkin says they are common and extremely efficient hitchhikers.

They can move easily across a room and climb onto luggage or anything left on a bed in just one night, the company said in its release.

To avoid a bed bug infestation, Orkin recommends not putting clothing or luggage on your bed, laundering clothes or furniture once they're brought into your home, and regularly inspecting your residence for signs of bed bugs, especially after travelling.

Bed bugs have a flat, broad, oval-shaped body, and are often dark brown and very small approximately four millimetres long. They are visible to the human eye.

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03.8
22

These Canadian Cities Apparently Have The Most Bed Bugs & Ew, Just Ew – Narcity Canada

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Bug-phobes be warned! While some Canadians will be no strangers to bugs, a new study has uncovered the cities in Canada with the most bed bugs and can we just say, ew?

According to pest control company Orkin, a whole bunch of Canadian cities actually have bed bug problems.

It determined the worst spots affected by looking at which places sought the most bed bug treatments between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, in both residential and commercial spaces.

Unsurprisingly, the most bed bug-ed out city in the country is also the biggest Toronto. After that, the list gets a little more surprising.

Number two on the list is Sudbury and then comes Vancouver.

In the fourth slot is St. John's, Newfoundland, then Oshawa, followed by Scarborough and Moncton. The final three in the top ten are Saint John, Winnipeg and Edmonton respectively.

Interestingly enough, the major population centre of Montreal is all the way down at 17th place on the list. Same with Calgary, at 18, and Halifax, at 23.

A map featuring the Canadian cities with the most bed bugsOrkin

If you're feeling a little itchy after this news, Orkin has some great tips to help prevent bed bug infestation.

When travelling, always store your luggage on the hotel's metal luggage racks which they can't easily climb up and put your clothes and other things in plastic bags.

The experts also recommend not putting your clothes on the bed, because if the bed is infested with the little beasties, they make expert "hitch-hikers."

Bed bugs love dark and cool places, which means hotels and homes aren't the only place they can be found. It's rare, but you can even pick up bed bugs from places like bus, train and airplane seats and rental cars.

And with that, we wish you sweet dreams!

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03.8
22

Bed bugs in Vancouver: Here’s where the city ranks | CTV News – CTV News Vancouver

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Two cities in B.C.'s Lower Mainland rank among the top in Canada when it comes to bed bugs, according to a pest control company.

Vancouver came in third in the 2021 list, which ranks major cities based on the number of related calls made to Orkin Canada.

Nearby Burnaby claimed the 25th spot.

Orkin said the worst spot in the country for the bugs the company calls "extremely effective hitchhikers" because of their tendency to travel across rooms and along with luggage.

Toronto took the top spot, followed by Sudbury, Ont.

Also in the top 10 were: St. John's; the Ontario cities of Oshawa and Scarborough; the New Brunswick cities of Moncton and Saint John; Winnipeg; and Edmonton.

The calls made in those cities were for both residential and commercial bed bug treatments.

Orkin offered its advice to reduce the spread of bed bugs, which often enter residential spaces through travel.

"Bed bugs thrive in dark, cool places with long-term access to humans," the company wrote in a news release. "They can also be found on airplane and train seats, in buses or in rental cars."

Orkin said it's rare to pick them up in those locations, but it is possible.

Where people are more likely to encounter the bugs is in hotels and motels. For those types of locations, Orkin suggested ensuring clothing and luggage are never put directly on the bed.

The company said travellers should use metal luggage racks, as the bugs can't easily climb up metal surfaces the way they can on walls and wooden furniture.

Orkin also recommends packing clothes, shoes and other items into plastic bags, which can keep bed bugs that have crawled into a suitcase from getting into the house on clothing.

Anyone checking for bed bugs should also look at books, cloth toiletry kits and other personal items where they may be hiding.

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03.8
22

Busy bed bugs remain in business – Benzinga – Benzinga

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Orkin Canada releases its list of top bed bug cities

TORONTO, March 7, 2022 /CNW/ - Orkin Canada has released last year's annual list of the top bed buggiest cities in Canada. The rankings show that the overall number of bed bug sightings nationwide remained similar to the year prior, and remains below pre-pandemic levels.

The City of Toronto claimed the number 1 spot for the third year in a row. Vancouver went up to number 3 (from 4), St John's rose to number 4 (from 6), and Winnipeg dropped substantially, falling to number 9 (from 5).

The findings byOrkin Canadaare based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company in 2021 (January 1 December 31).

The top 10 bed buggiest cities in Canada in 2021 are:

Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for these critters, and yet they have found a way to stick around. Bed bugs latch onto people, clothing, and furniture. All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space.

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians. With blood as their only food source, bed bugs mainly feed on humans, having their dinners usually between midnight and 5 a.m. These dedicated blood-feeding insects can travel up to 100-feet in search of a meal, which is quite a trek for these small but resilient creatures. As Canadians start to travel, whether to the office or on vacation, so too will bed bugs.

Concerned Canadians can keep their offense strong through proactiveprevention tips such as careful examination of furniture and clothing after guests leave your home, drying potentially infested bed linens or clothing on the highest heat setting, and sealing cracks in walls, trims, and bed frames. A pest management professional can also help manage problems should they arise.

Download the full list of Canada's 2021 bed buggiest cities here.

About Orkin Canada

Orkin Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL) is the country's largest pest control provider and leader in the development of fast, effective and environmentally responsible pest control solutions. Their Home Pest Protection Program prevents and eradicates pest infestations and provides information about pests. Orkin Canada provides professional services to both residential and commercial clients from coast to coast. For more information, visit http://www.orkincanada.ca, likewww.facebook.com/OrkinCanada or follow @orkincanada.

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02.27
22

Castanet Vernon’s weekly bug feature caught the attention of a reader in Australia – Vernon News – Castanet.net

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Castanet's weekly bug feature has gone international.

Every Friday from spring through fall, Castanet features a different insect or arachnid spotted roaming the Okanagan by readers.

From some very scary spiders to winged creatures and everything in between, the Okanagan has no shortage of creepy crawlies running about.

And one of those bugs got the attention of Aussie Mike Cantle.

I'm in Australia and this thing crawled over my wife in bed. Looks similar to your masked hunter, Cantle said in an email.

And indeed the Aussie bug looks quite similar to the Canuck version.

According to the University of Michigan website, the masked hunter is a curious oddity of a bug that occurs throughout the U.S. and southern Canada. It was introduced from Europe before the beginning of the century. Both adults and nymphs are predators that feed on other insects including flies, carpet beetles, mealworms and bed bugs.

Perhaps Cantle's bug was a European import as well.

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02.24
22

What The F*ck News: This Full Block In Toronto With A History Of Bed Bugs, Roach Infestations And So Many Fires Is On Sale For Close To $19M – 6ixBuzz

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What would you do with nearly $19 million bucks to throw away? Probably not spend it on an entire block that has a history of bug infestations and multiple fires, right?

In case you are down for it though, its currently on the market and up for grabs.

Thats right, Four separate but close properties in Parkdale Village are officially on sale for reportedly $18,750,000.

Colliers, a real-estate agency in Canada, listed the multi-family buildings on their site.

According to them, the property presents investors with an opportunity to acquire four separate properties, totaling 62 suites + 2 office suites, the agency said.

This is a unique opportunity to reposition an apartment building in downtown Toronto.

Seemingly every property on sale (2, 4, 6, and 8 Laxton Avenue) has a bit of a rough history.

BlogTO reports that one of the properties, a building with 52 units, has a record of bed bugs and roach infestations.

Thats not all, 4 Laxton Avenue also has a past following a big fire in January.

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) noted that this was actually the third major fire on Laxton Avenue in Parkdale in just one year alone.

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02.20
22

Ticks – Washington State Department of Health

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Different species of ticks transmit different diseases. We encourage the public to submit ticks for identification. By submitting a tick, you help us track species distributions, seasonal activity trends, and determine risk for tick-borne disease in your area. Learn how to submit a tick.

Ticks are small blood-feeding parasites and some species can transmit diseases to people. Some species of ticks perch on the edge of low-lying vegetation and grab onto animals and people as they brush past. Other ticks are associated with rodents and their nests, and at night they venture out to feed. Once aboard, ticks crawl until they find a good spot to feed, then burrow their mouthparts into the skin for a blood meal. Their bodies slowly enlarge to accommodate the amount of blood ingested. Ticks feed anywhere from several minutes to several days depending on their species, life stage, and type of host.

Learn about the four tick species commonly found in Washington that are known to bite and transmit disease to people.

In the Pacific Northwest, relatively few tick-borne disease cases are reported each year in comparison to other regions of the United States. In Washington, the tick-borne diseases known to be locally acquired include: babesiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne relapsing fever, tick paralysis, and tularemia. Learn about these tick-borne diseases and others of concern, and what symptoms of illness to watch for. Many other tick-borne diseases can be acquired through travel outside the state and country. You can find information about tick-borne diseases in different regions of the United States at CDC Tick-borne Diseases of the United States and in other countries at CDC Tick-borne Diseases Abroad.

Your best defense against tick-borne infections is to reduce exposure to ticks.

More information on ways you can prevent tick bites can be found at CDC Avoiding Ticks.

Avoid folklore remedies to remove a tick. Hot matches or coating the tick's body with petroleum jelly, soap, or nail polish do little to encourage a tick to detach from skin. In fact, they may make matters worse by irritating the tick and causing it to release additional saliva, increasing the chance of transmitting disease. Your goal is to remove the tick as soon as possible. Do not wait for it to detach. Follow these steps on how to safely remove a tick.

Neither the Washington State Public Health Laboratories nor the CDC routinely tests ticks for disease. DOH can, however, identify ticks to species. Because different tick species transmit different disease pathogens, knowing the tick species may help a healthcare provider diagnose an illness that could be associated with a tick bite.

DOH does not recommend testing ticks for evidence of infection in people or pets because:

If you are interested in having your tick tested for other reasons, see the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, University of Massachusetts. For a service fee, the laboratory will test for presence of pathogens common to the determined tick species, and get test results to you within three to five days. The laboratory is a non-profit organization.

You can make your yard less attract to ticks. Focus your management of tick habitat to areas frequently used by your family, not necessarily your entire property.

Soft ticks behave differently than most ticks. They are found in mountainous regions living within rodent burrows and nests of mice, squirrels, and chipmunks. The ticks prefer dark, cool places, such as rodent nests in shaded wood piles outside buildings, and between walls or beneath floorboards inside buildings. People most often encounter these ticks when sleeping in rodent-infested cabins. Soft ticks emerge at night and feed briefly, like bed bugs. Because the bites are quick and painless, most people do not know that they have been bitten. Infected soft ticks can transmit tick-borne relapsing fever.

When staying in summer cabins or vacation homes, especially in eastern Washington, make sure rodents, and their ticks, aren't spending the night with you. Practice rodent control by not attracting rodents, sealing them out of your living areas, trapping rodents, and properly cleaning up rodent-contaminated areas.

Hunters and their dogs are especially vulnerable to tick-borne diseases because of time spent in tick-infected areas. Learn how to prevent tick bites during hunting season, see CDC's precautions for hunters.

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02.16
22

Meet the Recipients of the 2021 Black in Entomology Student Prizes – Entomology Today

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In February 2021, Black in Ento hosted a week of virtual events and gatherings to build community and connection, and organizers also raised money to support a grant program. Five $1,000 grants were awarded to exceptional Black scholars in the field of entomology: Top row, left to right: Kyla OHearn, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA; Diana Omoke, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kisumu, Kenya; and Suleiman Mustapha, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, India. Bottom row, left to right: Seun Oladipupo, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA; and JEGEDE Oluwasegun John, University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui, China.

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In February 2021, Black in Ento hosted a week of virtual events and gatherings to build community and connection, and organizers also raised money to support a grant program. Five $1,000 grants were awarded to exceptional Black scholars in the field of entomology in 2021, and the awards are part of a community-led movement to provide adequate resources, mentorship, and access to student entomologists of color.

The grants are sponsored by BASF, Corteva, the Entomological Society of Canada, and the Entomological Society of America, as well as individual donors. For more information on the organizations work, follow #blackinento on Twitter or the BlackInEnto YouTube channeland check out the amazing recipients of the 2021 Black in Ento Student Prizes below.

Kyla OHearn

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Kyla OHearn was a senior majoring in animal sciences at the University of Kentucky when she took a general entomology course that would change the trajectory of her career. Now, she studies the taxonomy, systematics, and ecology of Hawaiian drosophilids. She says that approximately one-third of the vinegar fly family Drosophilidae are exclusive to Hawaii, where they enjoy close relationships with about 40 percent of Hawaiis native plants. Since a lot of these plants are endangered, many of the Hawaiian drosophilids are endangered as well.

OHearn says the highly specialized flies are often misunderstood, and she hopes her work will generate data that support conservation efforts: When I tell people I study fruit flies, they immediately say, Oh, well I have some in my kitchen that you can look at. So, not many people know there is so much diversity within Drosophilidae and that the majority of those found in Hawaii are not considered pests.

OHearns favorite insects are bed bugs. I think its really fascinating that there is an insect that has so closely coevolved with us that theyre such a successful endoparasite, she says. Theyre, unfortunately, really remarkable at what they do, but, despite being such notorious pests, they are not known to transmit any diseases, and about one-third of people dont even react to them.

Diana Omoke

Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kisumu, Kenya

During Diana Omokes undergraduate studies at Kenyatta University, a three-month industrial attachment at Kenya Medical Research Institute provided the opportunity to work in an entomology lab and inspired her passion for working with malaria vectors. Omokes research has shown important differences in the microbial communities associated with insecticide-resistant Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes. She says these microbes (especially bacteria from the genera Sphingobacterium, Rubrobacter, Lysinibacillus, and Streptococcus) could serve as early warning system for monitoring insecticide resistance.

Omoke was excited to share her findings in a peer-reviewed journal as well as at international conferences, including the Pan African Mosquito Control Association Virtual Vector Conference and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 68th Annual Meeting.

Mosquitoes are Omokes favorite insects. There is this quote [from the Dalai Lama] that says, If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. These are tiny creatures that are capable of ruining your sleep. Also, as tiny as they are, they can cause an impact in the community in terms of malaria transmission, Omoke says. Coming from a malaria-endemic region and working as an entomologist, I have learned a lot about mosquitoes and am working in groups whose common goal is to alleviate malaria morbidity and mortality cases.

Suleiman Mustapha

University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, India

Suleiman Mustapha found his love for entomology during the first undergraduate entomology lecture he attended. I was so fascinated to learn about the things insects could do, such as build castles, tend to their own farms, make paper, control agricultural pestsand some groups having a society of their own with the different castes executing specific duties, he says. He also learned that the number of entomologists was dwindling in Nigeria and wanted to change that.

Now, Mustapha studies crop protection, using honey bees to detect heavy metals and pesticides in the environment as well as to predict the level of those contaminants in bee-pollinated food crops before harvest. So far, hes found that the African native honey bee Apis mellifera adansonii is useful for detecting contaminants tied to agricultural intensifications and overuse of persistent pesticides. He says the most exciting part of his work is receiving an international grant to expand his study and offer a possible solution for sustainable agriculture. Plus, he enjoys working at the intersection of entomology and chemical ecology.

Mustaphas favorite insects are wasps because they are valuable in agricultural pest control. Unfortunately, they are one of the most misunderstood insects, as they have been mistaken to only cause nuisances in some places and are not entirely recognized for the ecological services they provide, he says. I am also reminded that, when I was very young, growing up, I was in an environment with lots of mud dauber wasps. Observing them build mud nests on buildings and flying with insect larvae was a part of my childhood. Since then, having more knowledge about insects has made me appreciate them even more.

Seun Oladipupo

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

Seun Oladipupos childhood experiences inspired him to pursue a career in entomology: I grew up in Nigeria with no (silver) spoon. As I watched sick friends and family turn to plants as a panacea in my childhood, I imagined that I could uncover the science behind it. But, as I grew up, I discovered insects were mostly responsible for these sicknesses. As existing insect control strategies are not always sufficient, safe, and sustainable, I turned to safer options that are not only novel but efficient and sustainable.

Oladipupos interest in the use of natural products and endosymbionts to manage pests led him to his Ph.D. research, which looks at using essential oils to help manage urban insects like the German cockroach (Blattella germanica). He reports that factors like vapor pressure and molecular weight make a difference when it comes to an essential oils toxicity and that these compounds can be used to help suppress cockroach populations because they reduce the cockroachs reproductive fitness. Hes also looking at endosymbionts like the reproductive parasite Wolbachia. Ultimately, my research seeks to contribute to the US pest management industry by providing alternatives to synthetic pesticides, creating environmentally conscious pest management tools, providing solutions for public health pests, and creating affordable options, he says.

Oladipupos favorite insects are butterflies and moths, which he calls illusionists because they are beautiful yet their larvae can wreak havoc on crops.

JEGEDE Oluwasegun John

University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui, China

JEGEDE Oluwasegun John planned to study biochemistry in college but found himself immersed in the biology of insects that are agricultural pests or medically important through the lens of storage techniques and integrated pest management.

As a Ph.D. student, JEGEDE screens bioactive compounds in ethnobotanicals for pest control applications. Hes identified several phytochemicals from two medicinal plants that are bioactive against the beetle Callosobruchus chinensis and is using molecular docking and other bioinformatics tools to screen the phytochemicals against molecular targets like proteins. The goal is to design an eco-friendly pesticide thats biodegradable and sustainable.

JEGEDEs favorite insect is the honey bee. Bees are highly industrious, making them a beneficial social insect, he says. Although they are known to sting their active roles of making honey and cross-pollination are so significant to human sustainability. I love the honey they produce, being a natural product with no expiry date or shelf life. With these qualities, I can boldly affirm that the honey bee is my most adorable insect.

Melissa Mayeris a freelance science writer based in Portland, Oregon. Email:melissa.j.mayer@gmail.com.

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01.20
22

Hi-Tech Pest Control Uses State-of-the-Art Technology To …

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Bed bugs can spread quickly, especially when their extermination is not being handled by a professional. A team of pest control experts have quite a bit of tools available to them which they can use to eradicate bed bugs with ease. However, the knowledge and expertise of each team can differ. As a result of this, one should always consider calling a service that is known for having years of experience in successfully getting rid of pests and bed bugs.

Hi-Tech Pest Control is one such company that provides pest control and bug elimination services to Michigan. The bed bug eliminator has been operating in the area since 1986, and since then has managed to become one of the premier options for the local community. Hi-Tech Pest Control focuses on the utilization of the latest technology and tools available to make sure that their clients are able to rest easy in their homes, without any worry of pests. Over the years, Hi-Tech Pest Control has invested in getting the latest equipment and state-of-the-art technology so they can remain one step ahead.

The pest control company also offers clients with a cost-effective solution and strives to strike the perfect balance between the cost and the quality of their work. As a result of this, customers are consistently referring to them in case of any bed bugs or pest issues. The team at Hi-Tech Pest Control systematically goes through ones house or workplace and makes sure to detect any infected areas. They locate eggs and hidden bugs too and try to exterminate them comprehensively. Clients also receive a 6-month long warranty, meaning there is no reason to worry about seeing any potential bed bugs in the near future. Having spent over 3 decades raising the standard for pest control and bed bug extermination services, Hi-Tech Pest Control continues to remain one of the top considerations for the people of Michigan.

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Hi-Tech Pest Control is an experienced Bed Bug and Pest Control Exterminator Serving Southeastern Michigan and surrounding areas. They have Pest Control and IPM programs available. Hi-Tech Pest Control has been Southeastern Michigans leading residential and commercial bed bug removal since 1986, successfully eradicating pests in tens of thousands of homes using a combination of experience, knowledge, and the latest and greatest in bed bug extermination technology and approaches.

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01.18
22

B.C. judge suspends eviction orders against Vancouver …

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A B.C. Supreme Court judge says Vancouver's Park Board should reconsider its orders closing CRAB Park to homeless people camping

The Vancouver ParkBoards 2021 orders barring campers from CRAB Park and closing the park have been set aside by B.C. Supreme Court.

The boards manager issued the orders but Justice Matthew Kirchner said she had a responsibility to ensure closing the parksto campers would not adversely affect their ability to access services and facilities they needed to survive.

There is nothing in the record to show that she turned her mind to this question or that she reasonably addressed it, Kirchner said in the Jan. 13 ruling released Jan. 14.

Kirchner saidthere was a lack of evidence the encampment posed a serious health or safety risk or harm to the public. She said there wasno admissible evidence of significant complaints from members of the public about the camp or substantial concerns about serious risks to the lives or the safety of persons in and around thecamp.

Kirchner declined to make a decision on a board application to have its orders enforced.

In a statement to Glacier Media, the board said next steps would include reaching out to city and provincial partners to determine a path forward.

Our primary focus will continue to be working to support individuals sleeping in CRAB Park by helping connect them with indoor spaces and the other services they need to get back on their feet, the statement said.

In sending the case back to the board, Kirchner said the issue of homeless people using parks has led to a series of court battles highlighting tensions between governmentand the homeless.

In between those issues, Kirchner said, is the need to strike a balance between the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protection of right to shelter and municipal efforts to protect public access to parks.

It was encampment residents Jason Hebert and Kerry Bamberger who petitioned the court for a judicial review of the orders.

The camp emerged in May and June of 2021 after the Strathcona Park encampment was disbanded that March.

It was as the Strathcona situation was winding down that the board, the provinceand the City of Vancouversigned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) acknowledging that homelessness continues to grow.

Despite efforts by various levels of government to create affordable housing and sheltering options, the park board concedes there are insufficient indoor shelter spaces in Vancouver to accommodate the citys homeless population, Kirchner said. However, it maintains there is adequate indoor space for those camping at CRAB Park.

The board had a slightly different take in its statement.

As a signatory of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the city and province, the Vancouver Park Board has committed to preventing encampments in Vancouver parks and is responsible for enforcing bylaws when suitable spaces are available for people to move indoors, the statement said.

The court heard testimony from multiple park residents about the difficulties of obtaining clean, safe and affordable housing.

Ms. Bamberger lived for a time in some [single resident occupancy rooms]but states they were infested with pests, including bed bugs, rats, mice, and cockroaches, and they were 'too violent'for her, Kirchner said. She states people were being assaulted on a frequent basis, and there are always guns or other weapons in the building.

The camp at times had more than 50 people in it, Kirchner said.

But, the board manager said in a deposition, she had seen needles, feces, debris, damage to property, and small fires on site visits in August and September.

The manager issued a July 8, 2021 order barring overnight camping.

Then, a Sept 7, 2021 order closed a portion of CRAB Park to the public for the purposes of rehabilitating the park from the damage alleged to have been caused by the encampment. The closed area included the only park area where overnight sheltering was permitted prior to the July 8 order.

In Victoria, Kirchner said, the citys bylaw prohibited anyone from erecting temporary shelters, including tents, tarps, or even cardboard boxes, in public parks, leaving them exposed toserious and life-threatening conditions and depriving them of their dignity, independence, and ability to protect themselves.

Kirchner cited a 2009 decision of the same court dealing with homeless encampments in Victoria. The judge there found a Victoria bylaw prohibiting the homeless from erecting temporary shelters in city parks infringed their right to life, liberty, and security of the person.

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