We have a quite a serious problem with homelessness in Vancouver, Canada. It’s something that I think about every day. Most afternoons as I cross an important intersection downtown on my way home from work, I pass by a homeless man who sits on the pavement with his hand out. If I say, “I’m sorry” because I don’t have any coins on me (I don’t like to carry cash.) The man says, “Thank you, dear.” Recently, I decided to make more of an effort to have some cash in my pocket so I could help him. He asked me if I had any potato chips a couple of weeks back. I took a mental note.
Two days ago, I slowed down as I passed him. I removed my sunglasses and I squatted down so we could speak eye-to-eye. I asked him his name. Charlie then told me his story. Continue reading ““Homeless” Undercover Police Officer is Shocked by Treatment from Strangers”
Well, it’s about time. Over the last two years, fourteen municipalities and two regional districts in my area have added restrictions on tethering dogs outdoors to their animal control bylaws. These include the Central Okanagan Regional District, (Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and West Kelowna) and the Capital Regional District (Highlands, Langford, North Saanich, Sidney and Victoria) as well as Surrey, Terrace, Northern Rockies, Harrison Hot Springs, and most recently, Squamish.
Too Little, Too Late?
Sadly, most of Metro Vancouver is glaringly absent from this list and the change has come a little too late for many animals. I have a neighbour I would have liked to report for this particular kind of abuse. They once had a lovely old husky-cross chained up in the backyard of their home. Sadly the poor old thing died before I had any leverage to help her. Continue reading “Don’t Chain Up Your Dogs!”