A homeless encampment in Cobourg, Ontario has recently become the site of a disturbing incident of gun violence. The encampment, known as “Pebble Beach,” is located on the pebbled shoreline of West Beach. Local news source Today’s Northumberland reported the incident, with journalist Pete Fisher sharing on Twitter that shots had been fired at the encampment. The encampment was established shortly after several Cobourg homes were deemed unfit for tenancy by the town and local health unit.
The residents of the encampment, who had been previously evicted from the unsafe housing, expressed a desire for survival amidst their difficult circumstances. Local advocacy groups, who support individuals struggling with addiction, mental health issues, and homelessness, wrote a letter to the community emphasizing the need for social responsibility in handling the encampment situation. These groups emphasized that clearing encampments without providing sufficient accommodations violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as determined by an Ontario Superior Court ruling.
However, one of the resident’s children took to social media to dispute their mother’s claims and express feelings of abandonment. This demonstrates the ripple effect that homelessness can have on families and communities.
The issue of homelessness in the Cobourg area has been growing since at least 2017 and has reached crisis levels. Rebel News conducted an investigation at the encampment and observed several tents, including a large tent with a “GRAND OPENING” banner. The site also had portable toilets, a washing station, and a dumpster, all supplied by the Town of Cobourg.
Situated at the southern point of Hibernia Street, the encampment is located near popular community attractions such as a waterfront trail, walking path, community ecology garden, and the Cobourg Yacht Club. The Cobourg Yacht Club hosts a summer sailing camp for children.
As Rebel News continues to follow this unfolding story, it is clear that homelessness is a pressing issue in the Cobourg area. It is essential for the community and government to work together to find solutions and provide necessary support for those experiencing homelessness.