Vancouver Homeless Problem Making International Headlines
Its not very common for a story about Vancouver to make the front page of Technorati (the index of what people are blogging about) but the City's attempts to eradicate homelessness has catipulted this story to prominence. Sheltering the homeless was a central issue in Gregor Robertson's platform during the recent mayoral race.
The mayor of Vancouver and police are trying to find options for compelling homeless people to move off the streets in sub-zero temperatures following the burning death of a woman who had lit a fire in a makeshift shelter to keep warm.
Mayor Gregor Robertson said he had a discussion about the matter with Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu on Friday.
"There is an issue of civil rights there that we have to grapple with, and that is the challenge right now, particularly with people who choose to remain or are convinced that they belong outside," Robertson said.