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Surrey, BC mayor, Dianne Watts, cuts ribbon. (Photo: Jason Payne/The Vancouver Sun)

Surrey, BC mayor, Dianne Watts, cuts ribbon.
(Photo: Jason Payne/The Vancouver Sun)

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Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Province by Nila Gopaul

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Oppenheimer Park’s tent city goes

Oppenheimer Park’s tent city (Photo: Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun

Oppenheimer Park’s tent city
(Photo: Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun)

Adapted from The Province and The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
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Tent city
About 150 campers are living
in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park.
The park is in the Downtown Eastside (DTES).
The campers have been there since July 15.
They have no home.
They have no place to go.

Tent city goes
On October 15, 2014, tent city will go.
The city has ordered the campers to leave.
But they have nowhere to go, they say.

Shelters
There are places to stay, the city says.
They are called shelters.
Some people say the shelters
are not safe. They are not comfortable.
People have to sleep
on the floor.

Promise
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson
promised to end homelessness by 2015.
Today there are about 550 people
with no home.

One person called tent city
“an eyesore” (very ugly to look at).

Another person says tent city
is a good way to show people
the homeless problem.

One woman asks,
“259 agencies that help the DTES
and not any of these 259 can give help?”

Some people say,
“Shame on the city, shame on the government.”

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LSS: Getting help with abuse

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Submitted by Nate Prosser, Legal Services Society (LSS),
Edited by Nila Gopaul

WCR and LSS co-publish a series offering readers information about their legal rights in Canada.

Sally and Marsha are friends.
One day they meet.
They sit and talk.
Then Sally talks about her marriage.

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