His street name is Bob. I met him last summer when he asked if he could say hi to my daschunds, while I was walking them in Crabb Park. He often came to Crabb Park to meditate and had seen the hounds a few times, but had been too shy to ask previously.
He was living outside at the time, but seemed reasonably healthy, addiction free (?) and was picking up day work til his steel-toed boots got stolen.
I disagree with the proposal to lock garbage bins in Vancouver. Binners remove recyclables and other valuable items - millions of them - from the waste stream every year. Binners are taking care of themselves and our urban environment and should be commended, not punished.
The so-called "war on homelessness" being declared - like it's a crime and not a social, economic and community issue - will not succeed unless the peace is brought through social housing, employment, addiction treatment, food programs and other basic social supports our community currently lacks.