If you’re homeless like Stanley Woodvine, you know what it’s like to be asked to get up and move on.
A few spots in the city offered some refuge to homeless people, but with a pandemic at hand these precious places are closing one by one.
The McDonald’s Woodvine frequented in his Vancouver neighbourhood of Fairview — “To blog,” he said, “I make much better food” — is closed. So is the washroom at the local Esso. The nearest library has covered up the outdoor outlet where he used to charge his laptop and phone.
West Broadway, a busy office corridor, has slowed to an eerie standstill; though many buildings have shut down, the homeless people who seek shelter in alcoves and under awnings are still ousted by security.