Sep 23 2009

Homeless to Be Forced into Shelters in Vancouver. Oh, the Humanity

Actually, I don’t think this is necessarily a bad idea. So long as the shelters can be made safe, secure and free of bedbugs and rats, isn’t this preferable to homeless people freezing — or burning to death in their sleeping bags?

B.C. Civil Liberties Association executive director points out that the timing of this maneuver points to a plot to keep our city streets free of homeless when the Olympics are in town. Fair enough, and that probably is a significant motivator. But why kick a gift horse in the mouth? If the Olympics is what was required to get people into shelters — and if the resources are there to ensure these places don’t end up as dens of drug abuse and other illegal activity, it’s probably a good thing.

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2 Responses to “Homeless to Be Forced into Shelters in Vancouver. Oh, the Humanity”

  1. 2010homelesschampions.caon 24 Sep 2009 at 4:25 am

    Last year in early November I was walking around the downtown eastside as part of normal routine, and couldn’t help but notice the poverty and hopelessness that seem to be rampant on every corner of this the poorest part of our lovely city. I myself have suffered in the past from addiction and temporary homeless conditions. After a few days of feeling inspired I decided to carry a camera with me and started to document what I saw for the next two week’s I gathered together a archive of photo’s and with the help of a friend we produced a video which we aptly named THE OLYMPICS’ TOOK MY HOME This video is currently hosted on over fifty websites throughout the world. I also started a WEBSITE called ” WHO NEW” Today I’m so looking forward to the coming event’s surrounding the Olympics’ and the plight of this neighborhood Here is the link to this video

  2. coast rideron 27 Sep 2009 at 10:06 pm

    the poverty would be there with or without the olympic games. it’s time for a new approach. it’s hard to watch the level of dysfunction on our streets downtown.

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