Dwayne Martin, one of the original campers at Anita Place Tent City, in a wooden structure that he built to keep warm and dry. (THE NEWS/files)

Maple Ridge has resident excluded from Anita Place

Dwayne Martin has agreed to a timeline that will see him leave the encampment.

The City of Maple Ridge has had a long-time Anita Place Tent City resident excluded from the St. Anne property.

Dwayne Martin, through his lawyer, has agreed to a timeline that will see him leave the encampment and move to a B.C. Housing-managed facility, according to the city

By an order of the B.C. Supreme Court, he will be prohibited from occupying the property once that timeline has completed.

Martin constructed a two-storey structure at the homeless camp site on 223rd Street.

He was apprehended on Feb. 24 by RCMP following a standoff arising from his refusal to allow the Maple Ridge Fire department to inspect the structure.

READ ALSO: Anita Place camp resident barricades himself in shelter as more inspections take place.

During a June 12-13 hearing, B.C. Supreme Court heard evidence that Martin had dangerously tampered with the propane supply to the on-site ‘warming tent,’ creating a dangerous situation for all on the site.

The city was before Justice Christopher Grauer to address, in part, an application brought through lawyers working with Pivot Legal Society.

RELATED: Pivot files court appeal on Maple Ridge tent city clean-up order.

The application sought orders from the B.C. Supreme Court intended to open the St. Anne site to anyone who wishes to use it for housing or shelter, as well to deprive the city of the right to restrict entry to the encampment property and to compel it to open Anita Place for use as a safe injection site.

The city argued against the application.

Justice Grauer reserved his decision, to be delivered at a later date.

The city then filed its own court application to exclude Martin from the St. Anne property.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience as we continue to follow the court-ordered process. My expectation is that the remaining people in the encampment will be housed in the near future and that the camp will be closed,” said Maple Ridge Mayor Mike Morden.

There are currently approximately six individuals occupying the site and the city has asked B.C. Housing to expedite the provision of housing for them to have the camp come to an end as quickly as possible.

When occupation of the St. Anne property ends, the city will proceed with the development of a neighbourhood park, which has been on hold since May 2017.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Hammond Cedar workers can access retraining funds

Maple Ridge mill workers to be laid off by end of October

Global Climate Strike comes to Maple Ridge

Small group pickets outside city hall

Maple Ridge has new top administrator

Council names new CAO on Thursday

Petition says pot-grow stench led to ‘Summer of Stink’ in Fraser Valley

Province urged to ‘Stop the Smell’ in the Fraser Valley

Maple Ridge Ale Trail combines craft beer and the outdoors

The community launch takes place September 21 at the Haney Farmers Market

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Oak Bay father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

Crown alleged Andrew Berry’s ‘entire story of Christmas Day is a lie’

B.C. truck drivers to face higher fines for not using winter tire chains

As of Oct. 1, not using chains on the highway when required could net you a $598 ticket

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

All parties expected to be back on the campaign trail Sunday

Possible Canadian cases of vaping illnesses being investigated: health officer

‘I think that will be really important to address the overall trend of youth vaping’

Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote once-secret military base

B.C. First Nation signs agreement to return its land on Vancouver Island

The land on the east coast of Vancouver Island will be returned to the We Wai Kai Nation

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Student arrested at South Delta Secondary for alleged assault

The alleged assault occurred between two SDSS students on Wednesday, Sept. 18

Most Read