Eclectic Eccentricity

The assorted ramblings of Aunty Bertha - west coast socialist

Monday, November 02, 2009

So, Vancouver City Council member, Andrea Reimer fires off the following tweet in reaction to BC Housing Minister, Rich Coleman's "force the homeless into shelters regardless of their feelings on the matter" bill:

(screen cap shamelessly stolen from citycaucus)

She acquiesced to demands for an apology (I'm too lazy to do my own screen cap):

Here's the thing. In this instance, I don't think she was out of line at all. While making pot-shots at someone's weight is very uncool, Coleman's war on the homeless is equally uncool.

Coleman being fat isn't really much different to people being homeless. In both instances one could either argue that they are victims of circumstance and have no control over their situations, or conversely, one could argue that they are responsible for their situations through their own choices.

Both are unsightly - better hide them away before the world comes to our city.
Both put additional strain on our health system.
The homeless have the right (or at least they once did) to refuse to go to a homeless shelter just as Rich Coleman has the right to refuse to go to Jenny Craig.


At 5:55 p.m., Blogger West End Bob said...

Good points, AB.

BTW, don't you feel like you need a shower after visiting city caucus ? ? ? ?

At 7:51 a.m., Blogger Aunty Bertha said...

Well, fortunately, I don't actually go to city caucus - I am deathly allergic - it makes my eyes bleed; however, I wanted the exact quote and city caucus had the screen cap. For my own sanity, I didn't read anything else.

But to even go there makes me feel like I need a hazmat team to do a complete decontamination.

At 5:01 p.m., Blogger Gazetteer said...

Me, I'm still waiting for the Spamaloteers to invoke 'Leafaggedon!' so they can blame Ms. Reimer et al. for the plugging of storm sewers that is sure to happen later this week when the rains return.


(bleeding eyes? you should really see somebody about that condition GAB)

At 5:07 p.m., Blogger West End Bob said...

Yeah, RossK, that "bleeding eyes" thing gave me a start, too.

Is that covered under the kevin falcon BC health care, I wonder ? ? ? ?


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