Parks Canada cancels camping event in Montreal amid criticism of homeless people

MONTREAL — Parks Canada‘s decision to hold a series of “learn to camp” events in the heart of Montreal is facing backlash after groups working with homeless people say they represent a double standard .

MONTREAL — Parks Canada’s decision to hold a series of “learn to camp” events in the heart of Montreal is facing backlash after groups working with homeless people say they represent a double standard .

The events, scheduled throughout the summer, are described as an opportunity to learn basic camping skills for the price of $108.75 per tent along the Lachine Canal in the city’s west end.

Annie Archambault, who works with a nonprofit that helps vulnerable populations in Montreal, says the initiative looks like a bad joke as city officials frequently dismantle homeless encampments erected on public lands. .

She says Parks Canada has been insensitive in sending the message that public spaces are for those who can afford them.

Parks Canada posted a statement on its website canceling the first event this weekend without providing a reason for the move, but the same events scheduled for July 23, August 13, 20 and 27 are still open for registration.

Archambault says the remaining dates should be canceled and camping gear given to groups that work with homeless people.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 3, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship

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