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Feb 01, 2024
Edmonton set up emergency command centre to co-ordinate removals
Two weeks since a lawsuit challenging Edmonton’s practice of dismantling homeless encampments was scrapped by a judge, nearly 50 encampments around the city have been torn down.
A new emergency operations centre — set up by city administration one day after the suit was dismissed — is helping co-ordinate sweeps as evictions continue at an accelerated pace.
The Emergency Operations Centre has overseen the removal of 49 encampments, the city said in a statement. About 211 structures were removed during the sweeps — and 175 people were living in the camps before tents were torn down, the city said.
Emergency operations centres are typically set up in response to disasters, serious emergencies or major public events, and staffed by city workers from other departments.