Powell Street Festival moves to accommodate homeless community

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We have to admit, it’s pretty refreshing to see a move like this in a city that is plagued by gentrification (hot take, we know). The Powell Street Japanese Festival has announced that they will take to the streets this year, instead of their usual spot in Oppenheimer Park.

The reasoning behind the decision? It’s all due to the city’s housing crisis, a situation that’s created an abundance of homeless people in Oppenheimer.

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Long the historic centre of the Japanese community, the park has been happy to accommodate the festival in previous years. This year though, due to high numbers, the festival has decided to avoid it entirely. Instead, the fest will be moved to the streets surrounding the area.

The organizers don’t want to disrupt the community at Oppenheimer. Makes sense, since the Japanese community was greatly affected by Canada’s internment camps during the Second World War.

As if we needed a reason to love the festival any more.

Powell Street Festival

When: August 3 and August 4
Where: Powell Street near Oppenheimer Park

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