THIS MAN IS CRYING FOR HELP
Increasingly, I feel and am more vulnerable and unsafe in this city.
The city chooses not to help people plagued with mental illness and addiction, and that choice has huge implications for every one of us.
In the last we week alone, busses I travelled on, required security because of violent and aggressive passengers.
A baby in a stroller nearly lost an eye because a man hurled two chopsticks at the window on the other side of the bus and missed.
Yesterday, coming home on the number six, I sat between I woman loudly and incessantly humming “Mary had a little lamb “, a man beside her asking repeatedly, “how are you?“ , and this man directly across from me who was very angry about something.
There is a GENOCIDE happening in our city, perpetrated by the city of Vancouver.
Already, 1/3 of our downtown core is inaccessible because it’s not safe.
Now, Gastown is affected. The West End, and Granville Street.
Where will we be safe?
When will people who need help, get it?
It’s not a homeless crisis. If it was, the thousands of immigrants who came to our city over the last few years would also be on the street.
There is housing for some.
The city of Vancouver makes decisions about who is valuable and who is not.
Can you imagine our streets might be full of people with cancer or any other medical condition?
That they would be denied (available) help?
Perhaps, rather than demanding that developers give one percent to the city in public art, they should demand that the money (millions) be out toward the human crisis.