These documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Request submitted by the Friends of the Woodward’s Squat, attest to the threat that the Anti-Poverty Committee (APC) posed to the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). Despite attempts to maintain control of the situation, police were seriously challenged by APC, and saw the squat as potentially disastrous for their control over the neighbourhood. Following Woodsquat, VPD documents suggest that authorities were anxious the APC would occupy another building.

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