Protest supports homeless

A group of Grade 9 WL Seaton Secondary School students took to the steps of City Hall Saturday to protest what they called unfair treatment of homeless in the city.

Kieran Grandbois spoke on behalf of the protesters.

“We're here to protest the actions of the population of the city and the government against the homeless people,” said Grandbois. “There is a general ignorance that surrounds the situation, as often they are told to get a job, but it isn't that simple.”

Grandbois said by holding the protest, they hope to keep the homeless situation in the public eye.

“We wish to inspire a fresh wave of action in the community to solve this problem,” he said.

The group plans on meeting with city council about the matter later this year. They are also planning to hold fundraisers to keep the publics' attention on the matter.

Granbois said they are pleased with the action the province has taken to help the homeless, but said the city needs to direct more resources toward the situation.

He used a new aquatic centre as a example.

The city will begin discussing a new, multi-million dollar pool facility in 2019, but Grandbois said that money would be better served to help the marginalized population of Vernon.

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