Tormenting the Homeless
I live in Victoria, BC, Canada. It has a reputation for being unusually liberal. However, city council has a vendetta against the homeless, after promising to house the homeless in the last civic election. If you are homeless:
- It is illegal to own a cart, tent, back pack or sleeping bag. The councillors insist the homeless stay wet, dirty and cold. If the police catch the homeless with such contraband, they confiscate and burn it. This is odd. If the intent is to make the homeless more prosperous, why destroy their meagre property?
- It is illegal to defecate or urinate. There are no facilities for them and businesses chase them out. Just what do the councillors expect them to do?
- It is illegal to congregate. If they do, the police come and hit them.
The councillors berate them and say are lazy and should get a job. Just how are the homeless supposed to clean up for a job interview, or even to make an appointment for one? Since they don’t have a home, they don’t get a welfare allowance for rent. How are they supposed to ever scrape the money to together for even the cheapest accommodation? After promising more shelter beds for the homeless, instead they have closed them. If it is that bad in Victoria, I wonder what is like in conservative cities.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)