City seeks court injunction to clear Centennial Square of tent protesters

B.C. Supreme court will hear city's arguments on Nov. 15

Occupy Victoria tent protesters at Centennial Square have been given copies of the city’s petition to the B.C. Supreme Court, seeking permission to remove them.

The City of Victoria filed its petition late on Nov. 7, one day after notifying protesting that they must remove their tents, structures and objects from Centennial Square.

Many left the square, but others remained in contravention of city bylaws.

A hearing of the city’s application has been set for Nov. 15.

While city council passed a motion in support of the occupy movement, the city now says it needs the square completely cleared to make way for planned holiday events by Nov. 21.

These events including decorating the giant sequoia tree, repairs to the fountain, installation of a skating rink, and the annual Christmas tree light-up, coinciding with the Island Farms Santa Light Parade.