HRM cuts power to encampment, people are planning to stay put:  Grand Parade volunteer

By CItyNews Halifax Staff

Power was cut off for people living at the Grand Parade encampment Friday morning according to Steven Wilsack, a volunteer at the encampment.

Wilsack told CityNews 95.7’s The Todd Veinotte Show that authorities cut off electricity, leaving about a dozen residents in tents in the cold.

“It’s almost like surreal,” said Wilsack. “We have people here who have no place to go. There are people that are confused as to what the next step is for them.”

Earlier this week, HRM said they were planning to cut power to encampments at Grand Parade and a ballfield in Lower Sackville.

The city says it has been assured by the province there is space in shelters and other options for the people still at these encampments.

It remains unclear whether the municipality plans to force residents to leave.

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