Protestors gather at a sit-in on June 4 outside of Penticton’s city hall to express their disapproval of the no sitting or lying on the sidewalk bylaw which was passed into effect by council shortly after the event. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton city council implements no sitting, lying on sidewalks

The council voted 5-2 in favour of the bylaw amendments at the meeting on June 4

Penticton has now banned sitting or lying on certain downtown sidewalks during spring and summer months.

On June 4, Penticton city council voted 5-2 to adopt the proposed amendments to the Good Neighbour Bylaw which prohibits sitting or lying on the sidewalks of Ellis, Main and, Martin streets from May 1 to Sept. 30.

Those in violation of the amendments can face fines up to $100.

Couns. Campbell Watt and Julius Bloomfield voted against the bylaw amendments, with Bloomfield referencing that last council meeting staff talked about “balancing the hammer with the heart.”

He felt this bylaw was coming before proper supports are in place to help the city’s homeless population.

Those opposed to the bylaw amendments said they believed it to be discriminatory against this demographic.

Couns. Jake Kimberley, Judy Sentes, Katie Robinson and Mayor John Vassilaki all sp0ke in favour of the bylaw amendments.

Kimberley and Vassilaki both highlighted how the bylaw was meant to improve the safety of the downtown for all residents that use the sidewalks.

READ MORE: Homeless Penticton man protesting bylaw amendment at city hall

Protesters gathered outside city hall prior to the council meeting to voice their disapproval of the amendments.

Protest organizer Chelsea Terry said she did not believe this to be a feasible solution to the city’s problems, saying she hoped more discussions would take place to get to the heart of the issue.

City staff said at a previous council meeting that bylaw officers intend to use discretion when implementing the bylaw, and have the power to coordinate with other social supports and partners to help those in need seek help.

Terry added that she hopes this debate will bring awareness to the community initiative Monday Night Dinners, which were recently impacted by a new lease agreement in the downtown which allowed a business to fence off a portion of the Nanaimo Square sidewalk where the dinners for those in need previously took place.

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