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On the program, we hear about the homelessness and harm reduction situation in Abbotsford, BC and an alternative transitional housing model in Portland, Oregon.
In 2005, the City of Abbotsford passed a bylaw effectively banning harm reduction services, and in summer of 2013, the City dumped manure on a homeless encampment in an attempt to force them out of the area. Pivot Legal Society’s DJ Larkin speaks about legal challenges against the City of Abbotsford that are currently in the courts. Just before Christmas, a court injunction forced the recently erected encampment in Abbotsford’s Jubilee Park to be dismantled.
Finally, we talk to Lisa Larson about her experience being homeless and her role of CEO of Dignity Village – an alternative housing model for homeless people in Portland, Oregon.
More on the topic: In June 2013, DJ Larkin wrote an article on lessons from Abbotsford and ‘how not to treat homeless people’.
We discuss regional planning, education, housing, poverty reduction, and the importance of progressive provincial-municipal policies. In the 2011 Vancouver-Point Grey by-election, Eby came within 600 votes of Christy Clark in the seat previously held by former Premier Gordon Campbell.
David Eby is a lawyer and the former executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. He has also worked for Pivot Legal Society and is adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia.