Tenting occasion in Montreal goes forward as Parks Canada, homeless advocates strike deal

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MONTREAL — A camping event in Montreal that drew backlash from homeless advocates comes after Parks Canada and its critics agreed to work together.

The urban camping event takes place tonight along the Lachine Canal in the heart of Montreal, with protesters pitching their tents alongside those of paying customers.

The series of events, called Learn-to-Camp, is described as an opportunity to learn basic camping skills at a cost of over $100 per tent.

The events sparked backlash from advocates, who pointed out that homeless people attempting to camp on public land often see their tents being dismantled by authorities.

Parks Canada spokesman Simon Saint-Germain said the federal agency wants to work with community advocates to create dialogue and education about homelessness.

A representative for the homeless advocates said Parks Canada has agreed to provide water and toilets for the protesters and allow them to hold an event tonight to raise awareness of what Montrealers most vulnerable are coping with.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 23, 2022.

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