Everyone agrees we need to do something about homelessness – as long as we’re not impacted or inconvenienced in the process.

The fact is, many of us are hypocrites when it comes to this problem. We earnestly shake our heads in anger and despair when we read about the growing number of people sleeping in alleyways and under bridges, of a mother living in a tent in the woods. But how many of us are prepared to do something to help make a difference?

Solve homelessness? Sure. Just somewhere where I don’t have to see it.

That, to a large measure, is the essence of a debate raging in Vancouver. And believe me, it’s just getting started.