Thursday, September 21, 2017

Victoria BC Wants to Move Homeless Along Every 6 Hours

A letter I sent to Victoria Mayor and Council:

The proposed change which would force people to move 100 meters every 6 hours is disgusting, and more of the same "walking torture" we impose on our most vulnerable citizens.  Not only will you find many street folk don't care about your rule (I suppose you'll have to jail them at taxpayer expense), you will also find they will be further pushed to the limit.  Expect more blowups and meltdowns when police poke and prod them.  Expect a higher risk of suicide, because some out there are looking for a scrap of compassion, and will see this as more exclusion.  Expect rebellion and defiance, and don't be too surprised when the progressive voters drop you on your butts next election.
We need bold compassion and action, not more technicalities. When I saw you were making this change, I said to myself "So, looks like they know they are failing to address housing issues, and are digging in for a long period of increasing homelessness"
The real people you are supporting here are the complainers, the business community, the NIMBYS.  This is appeasement, nothing more.

Those of you who are corporate minded, this is a good time to check your email, I realize you couldn't give a rat's donkey about homelessness.

Those of you who are progressive, realize that right now, your biggest obstacle to action on homelessness is a lack of political will, and all of these little appeasements justify and support that lack of will. By allowing the NIMBYS to shoo homeless people away like garbage, you are enabling them.

Nobody in this region deserves to have a green park to eat lunch in while some have been without a home for years. 

And please, don't tell me about ecological sensitivity.  Last time I checked, you can roll grass out in sheets-- it's not exactly on the endangered species list.

I do have a question though, since you seem determined to make this rule: I guess the pavement at Centennial Square is fine to have people sleeping on it for longer than 6 hours? It's a park, isn't it?