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.
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.
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