the 50 homeless squatters who illegally occupied an historic building on Overdale Avenue in Montreal for six days last week say they are enjoying the new accommodations provided to them by the city.Formerly a detox centre, the new building in Montreal's Rosemount neighbourhood has running water and electricity.
The squatters agreed to move to the new building on condition that they receive amnesty for their illegal occupation of the Overdale estate. The handful of squatters who attempted to remain at the site were forced out by riot police but were not arrested.
The terms of occupancy at the new building are still being debated. Armand Fichaud, coordinator of the mayor's committee on social problems, says two new city committees have been struck to deal with the situation.
One of the squatters said they will discuss the proposals at their August 20 meeting.