August 23, 2018
The BC Civil Liberties Association is fighting a plan by Vernon city council to bring in a bylaw banning shopping carts on public lands.
Civil liberties lawyer Meghan McDermott sent a letter to the mayor and councillors, urging them to abandon the proposal because of what she says is “flagrant targeting of homeless residents.”
She said for many people without a home, the use of a shopping cart is their lifeline.
“They’re already so vulnerable,” McDermott said. “What they’re trying to do is at least have a handful of possessions, so they can erect a basic shelter. To try and take that away from them is cruel.”