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Tents, tarps and pallets cover the ground in a park next to the court house in downtown Victoria.
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"It's a very direct reminder to the province that they have obligations to provide health services and housing services for these people in need."
The mayor is defending a decision to pay $20 each to nearly 400 homeless people to participate in a meeting on housing options.
It is a powerful dream. Despite my cynicism, I love Vancouver and its natives who rail against the "No Fun City" label with all their might. I have always fantasized that I would raise my children in a place where different cultures and personality types butt up against each other, where difference is a way of life and not cause for alarm.
An anti-poverty group in Victoria wants the regional coroner to hold an inquest into 30 deaths among the city's street population over the past four months. While the causes of death range from pneum...