In June of this year, Vancouver's city council unanimously passed a motion acknowledging that the city sits on the unceded land of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The acknowledgement came at the culmination of a "Year of Reconciliation." Based on the same city council's response to the Indigenous-led community that has sprung up at Oppenheimer Park, it appears this was purely a token gesture.
Recently, Rich Coleman, the B.C. Minister Responsible for Housing, made vague announcements to media regarding whether not some programs such as social enterprises led by Portland Hotel Society (PHS) community services would continue. It was also stated that decisions will eventually be made about all of the PHS operations.
For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless and poor residents go?