Winds of Change Feb 16 2012: ViPirg’s “Policing Poverty” report, Duncan’s BikeWorks

A report titled “Out of Sight: Policing Poverty in Victoria (Coast & Straits Salish Territories)” was recently released by the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG).  Mark Willson speaks about the report and its astonishing findings.  A ‘peer research’ approach established trust based relationships with representatives from the street community who revealed that a tremendous amount of social profiling goes on in our fair city.  People are harassed simply because they look homeless or poor.  VIPIRG and friends believe that increasing the police budget is not the solution, that trying to police away poverty isn’t a fair or just or fiscally responsible approach.  In the second half, a different use of provincial tax dollars has resulted in a friendly, creative, community building centre known as BikeWorks in Duncan BC.  Everyone, and especially youth, are welcome there to participate in constructive art projects, fix their bikes, buy a bike by donation, get off the streets, find some friends, and be a contributing member of society.  Dave Ehle and Louise Nadeau share their enthusiasm and information about the BikeWorks project.

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About Janine Bandcroft

The Winds of Change airs every other Thursday 11-noon from CFUV listener supported radio in Victoria, on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. You can listen live anytime at cfuv.ca (it's a great station) and if you're able, we'd really appreciate if you contribute (even 5 bucks) to our annual funding drive.
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