HEAT shelters draw fire from local residents weary of open drug use and public urination, GlobalTV BC reports
The hectic HEAT shelter situation in Vancouver's False Creek neighbourhood continues to dominate the open line radio programs and news headlines. Tonight's opening story on GlobalTV BC's popular broadcast featured this story about an outraged neighbourhood, and the Vision Vancouver team that refuses to see it their way.
While we think that there is a need for improving shelter availability for Vancouver's homeless, it's becoming clearer to City Hall observers that the Mayor's back-of-the-napkin strategy simply isn't working. Robertson and his frontman Coun. Kerry Jang are making a lot of excuses, and punting the problem they made back to Victoria for more funding.
If anyone thinks the newly appointed cabinet is going to weigh into the mess Gregor created by topping up funding in a couple of weeks, they might want to reconsider their approach.
Now we're hearing about "green vests" being distributed by staff to help identify people whose job will be to maintain order and cleanliness around these so-called "no barrier" shelters. I'm sure the green vest program will be very reassuring to residents and families who are regularly witnessing crack smoking and public sex.
At least the red jacketed Ambassadors get to wear a matching hat.