Vancouver East End homeless are in fear of being pushed out of their community and warehoused in unsafe areas by what they term as “corporate greed.” Buildings are being demolished at an alarming rate with new, modern, expensive rental units.
Vancouver-based human rights group Pivot Legal Society hopes to win a powerful ally as it fights for adequate housing for Canada’s homeless.
Citizens are angry and live in fear of the unknown. “Pivot lawyer DJ Larkin will speak before the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday.
The group alleges Canada is not meeting obligations to a section of a UN covenant protecting the rights of the homeless and expensive rental units being built – unaffordable to most East End citizens.”
On the streets yesterday, Feb. 17, 2016, the Examiner listened to several homeless people telling their stories of how they like living in a community that is not ideal, but they feel safe living in. Many are struggling with drug addiction and homeless. Long lines are seen daily at several soup-lines and shelters filled to capacity many nights.
One person stated: “I’m scared – not just for myself, but for my family and friends. We are a community that looks out for each other. Once we’re pushed out by greedy corporations, we will be spread out all over the city, living under bridges, tents, and targets of thieves and bullies.”
Feb 25 2016, The Canadian Press: VICTORIA — Victoria’s homeless campers hold block party on planned eviction day: “Homeless campers facing eviction from their make-shift tent city on the grounds of Victoria’s courthouse held a block party Thursday, complete with hot dogs, multi-coloured balloons and invited guests. This feels like a festival here,” said Vancouver homeless activist Ivan Drury, who arrived on a bus with 44 other camp supporters from Metro Vancouver.
The party was billed as a show of defiance against the eviction deadline handed to the more than 100 people who have been living on the courthouse grounds in the city’s downtown core for months.”
Feb. 27, 2017, posters were put up around the Vancouver East End for a “Collaborative – Renter’s Rights Training” with a ‘Topic of The Week’ – Get compensation from your landlord for no heat and no hot water.”
People living in low cost hotels subsidized by the BC government are being forced out for any reason landlords can come up with. Once the tenants are gone, in many cases, the buildings are renovated or torn down to make way for up-scale, expensive rentals. ‘Single Room Occupancy’ units, once affordable to low income citizens, are hard, if not impossible to find for those suffering from mental illness or addiction.
Tents and make-shift tarps over card-board boxes can be seen popping up on East Hastings and Cordova, with many more in the alley-ways and side streets. Now, it could become much worse in Vancouver with Syrian refugees arriving.
Torstar News Service Published on Jan 27 2016: “Toronto man evicted from hotel ahead of refugee arrivals has ‘no place to go’ – We have no place to go,” he said over the phone from his third-floor room at the Toronto Plaza Hotel, which sits in a broad parking lot off Wilson Ave., near the intersection of Highways 400 and 401. Fulton has been living there with his girlfriend and their 2-year-old son, Baron, since last October, when they were kicked out of their Mississauga apartment after the building was deemed to have too many tenants, he said.”
Vancouver East Side residents are at risk – with the suffering and homelessness not going away until our government, led by Christy Clark, begins to listen to the “we the people” – who vote for and demand a fair government who listens to all, not just the corporate giants.
The Canada CONSTITUTION ACT, 1982: CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS – “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.”