British Columbia, Canada
Grrrr! Well, as many of you know I have worked with the homeless for over 30 years here in Vancouver in one capacity or another, and the situation here now is mighty grim. I fear that visitors to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games will be bombarded with our poor street people in the downtown and East side areas, as each day there is less and less housing for those less fortunate. One of every two "rented room" hotels in the East side area of Vancouver has been sold, and are being renovated for occupancy for high paying customers during the Olympic Games. The statistics show that the homeless situation here may triple before the games begin, and that is so sad.
Today, the homeless held a demonstration right during the clock ceremony to count down the games, and I said, "Good for them!" A handful were arrested, so at least a few will have a warm bed and a decent meal tonight. This is getting worse, and worse here, and a handful of people are no longer able to make any difference for these poor people. Such is the way of capitalism, and I couldn't believe how much it could hurt until it finally invaded the organization I worked with for over 30 years, as they sold our building too, and that is now one less place for refuge and hot meals for these folks.
CBC Report On Homeless
CTV.ca report on Homeless