On Friday, Oct. 8, a tent community was erected in Pepsi Park to respond to the growing number of Regina residents facing homelessness. The community, (now known as Camp Marjorie in honour of a local woman who recently died of an overdose), has grown from a few tents to over 60 tents, many with multiple people inside.
The City has been collaborating with the Province and community organizations to find a better solution for folks than staying in tents in the park. In the meantime, City staff are working to address the camp’s needs and both the police and fire departments have been available to help ensure the camp is safe for residents and the surrounding community.
I have visited the camp on multiple occasions, talking with residents and bringing meals and hot beverages to those at the camp. I anticipate that through continued discussions with community organizations and other levels of government, a better solution will be identified very soon to support the individuals at Camp Marjorie.
To learn more about the camp, you can find them on Facebook or Twitter: