“Habitat for the Homeless”


The Salvation Army

plans a new shelter

in Vanier, Ottawa.


A 350-bed facility.


Opponents say

it’s a poor neighbourhood.


Gangs, drugs, arson, prostitution.


The community needs

a vibrant main street to

attract businesses and

boost economic growth.

A shelter would create a

poverty ghetto,

kill the dream

of a better future.


Proponents say

it’s a poor neighbourhood.

The shelter would not drag things

down much further.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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