Stories from the Streets

27 Oct

The Vancouver Sun published a five part series about the problem of homelessness in Canada’s third largest city. The Downtown Eastside is considered to be one of the most impoverished areas in the country.

The most interesting part of the series for me was the section which interviewed two youth living on the streets. They break the stereotypes I’ve mentioned in a previous post because they are have graduated from high school  and aren’t addicted to drugs or alcohol. They also bring up an interesting point about how homeless people have stereotypes about other homeless people, highlighted in the quote “We always try to find hidden places away from the junkies,” says Allen. “They’re always waking you up and asking for rigs. When we tell them we don’t do drugs, they say, ‘What kind of homeless people are you?'” (Vancouver Sun,  2008)

The five part series can be found at http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=81bef098-7baa-4548-896e-7743e9e02461&k=85793. A podcast of the series is also available.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Digitial Divide Among Canada's Homeless

Exploring how the Internet is used by Marginalized groups in Canada

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: