Woman Occupy Vancouver Drug Overdose

November 7, 2011 by staff 

Woman Occupy Vancouver Drug Overdose, Protesters with the occupy movement in both Vancouver and Victoria may be forced to pack up their tents Monday as officials in both cities seek to clear the camps over scheduling conflicts and safety concerns.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has said he has instructed city officials and the chiefs of the fire and police departments to find a way of removing the encampment peacefully.

With a civic election looming later this month, the Occupy Vancouver camp issue has been made more contentious by the death Saturday of 23-year-old Ashlie Gough of Victoria, as well as by a non-fatal drug overdose two days earlier.

The BC Coroners Service would not speculate on the cause of Gough’s death, but said there is no evidence to consider her death suspicious.

On Sunday, Vancouver City manager Penny Ballem told reporters that the camp must go.

“Given the situation that we have had a death, a very tragic death … which I think really shook everybody up, we need to move in an expediting way to remove the part of this protest that is presenting a life-safety risk.”

Ballem said given Gough’s death and the near-fatal overdose, “we think there will be co-operation.”

If protesters will not leave, she said, the city could seek an injunction as early as this week.

In Victoria, officials have served notice to protesters that they have until noon on Monday to pack up their camp because the demonstration will conflict with planned events in the city.

“The city appreciates you vacating the lawn around the Sequoia tree to permit preparation for the traditional tree lighting,” the notice states.

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