Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s home edition, recorded on this date November 30th, 2020.
In early November, Victoria City police enforced an order to tear down public showers installed by citizens concerned for the health and well-being of unhoused people living in tents in Beacon Hill Park.
While not supporting the DIY action, progressive Victoria counselor, Jeremy Loveday acknowledged, “There has been a failure to provide basic services to some of our most vulnerable residents, and that includes the provision of showers and other hygiene services.”
That failure is not the city’s alone though; even as millions lose jobs and housing becomes ever more precarious, little is being done to address the structural inequity of an economic system that routinely tosses Canadians to the curb.
Pete Rockwell is a Victoria-based photographer who began recording the city’s burgeoning unhoused residents in 2005. His pictures have featured in local publications like Focus on Victoria and the now defunct Victoria Street Newz and B-Channel News collective, among other places.
Today, Pete Rockwell’s hard look at a prosperous city’s people in crisis.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: https://cfuv.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/