Sep 23 2009
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.