“They are throwaways – not runaways.”

And here are some of the comments on the preceding article, mostly of the right wing-nut variety:

TomForsythe wrote:Posted 2011/02/13 at 12:09 PM ET

So we should tailor our society to suit drop-outs and drug addicts, at the expense of the disciplined and hard-working? “We are sorry, we could hold the Olympics here, but the street people already called this neighbourhood.”

There are few places on this earth as friendly to the homeless as Vancouver, which is why Vancouver has such a problem with homelessness. If you subsidize something, you get more of it.

apoypto wrote:Posted 2011/02/13 at 12:05 PM ET

So what? What do they want? I worked extremely hard just to get by. Their turn. Beg for a damned JOB, not a buck. Thats what I did, and it worked. And so did I.

ByeByeNDP wrote:Posted 2011/02/13 at 12:03 PM ET

What more can one expect from a city that is so left leaning that it’s about to collide with Vancouver Island ? The extreme socialists never learn how to live within their means and as former British PM Margaret Thatcher noted-“the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”. These lefties are talking about caring for the people ? I think not. You do not dump a good segment of your population out of town just to create a good image, especially after you have spoiled the same group of youth by tolerating and encouraging their use of narcotics and feeding their socialist habits. The youth should have learned the beauty of sweating for one’s bread.

(And from the other wing … – Drak )

gallanparr wrote:Posted 2011/02/13 at 11:54 AM ET

Any one of the many commenters who believe that every person is ultimately in charge of their own life is really suffering from the delusion called “magical thinking”. Do people choose where they are born? Their color? Whether or not their parents are rich or poor? Their sex? These commenters take this attitude in order to avoid the responsibility of having to show any empathy, kindness or charitable kindred spirit with their fellow human beings…a group of Dickensian empty souls looking about in the world and wondering in Scrooge like manner “Are there no prisons? Are there no work houses?”
Ah well…”The joy of brightening other lives, bearing others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas. ”
W. C. Jones
Some people just don’t get it.

(This is my favourite – Drak)

Lexigraphical wrote:Posted 2011/02/13 at 11:39 AM ET
A long time ago, I was a street kid. Those of you saying these kids are lazy and that they are to blame for their circumstances do not know the reality of the situation. 

Most kids are there because of abuse at home, and in foster homes. They are throwaways – not runaways. They do not ask for help from social services because they would be sent home if the government knew who they were. They can not get jobs because they are too young or because of the risk of being sent home.

There are kids as young as 11 years panhandling & prostituting themselves to survive – these are children. They need societies help since their families are too broken.

I was lucky, I gathered no additions, and I survived attempted kidnappings by pimps, attacks from older street people who were very crazy, attacks from suburban kids playing at being gangs, attacks from Asian gangs, 2 cases of bronchitis, and one of pneumonia.

I made it off the streets, I worked hard and went back to school & university, and I now have a good life.

Not all my friends were so lucky. Some never got more than a grade 8 education, some had children very young, and many died.

There needs to be new solutions for youth homelessness. More oversight of foster homes, safe houses for youth at risk, drug counseling, life skills education can help. We should not live in a country where children are thrown away and left to fend for themselves on the street.

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Street Poet scribbling to your tired, your poor, your huddled masses; the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, the homeless, tempest-tost ...
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