Unlike those of us with homes and adequate incomes, people living in poverty are targeted and ticketed for activities necessary to their survival: sleeping in a park, vending goods on the sidewalk, or even setting up a basic shelter such as a tarp or a box in order to survive the night. Municipal bylaws prohibiting those activities stand in the way of people's safety and survival.
DJ Larkin is a lawyer, campaigner and researcher with the Pivot Legal Society, a Vancouver-based human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of marginalization and social exclusion.
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