When a house isn’t a home, homelessness doesn’t mean a lot


Steve Borik, a 56-year-old homeless handyman, is being punished with forced eviction today for making a clean and tidy home for himself on an otherwise empty building lot slated for future development on the north bank of the Fraser River, in South Vancouver.

At the same time, on the south side of the Fraser, a couple in a wealthy subdivision of West Richmond have gone to the media to complain about the mansion next door that has never been lived in and is simply being used as an investment vehicle by an absentee owner.

The couple, Brian and Linda Cooper, believe it’s wrong. They say the space shouldn’t be left empty, that it should be used to provide “habitation for live human beings”.

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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