The case of two Saskatchewan homeless men given bus tickets to B.C. by the prairie province’s government is back in the spotlight.
A new report out of Saskatchewan says the decision to give tickets to Charles Neil-Curly and Jeremy Roy was within social services policy, but says the situation could have been better handled.
But Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang says Saskatchewan dropped the ball, and the city could of been better prepared to help the two men if the province was given a heads up.
“Their ministry had no intention of letting us know. If it wasn’t for the fact that the shelter operators themselves contacted people in Vancouver that we had any indication they were coming and what the medical problems were that these gentlemen had.”
Jang says Saskatchewan’s shelter strategy needs an overhaul.
“Deny shelter space for very simple thing, and this is what happened to these two individuals. So they really need to update how the let people into shelters and and how shelters are funded. When they talk about contacting, who do they call?
Donna Harpauer with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Socials Services says local media in Vancouver painted the wrong picture.
She says media outlets here failed to consider Saskatchewan policies
“Those circumstances are if they are returning home, so they are going to the home province, or came to another province and rand out of money. Their family support is in another province, that’s another reason why we would give transportation assistance.”
But Councillor Kerry Jang who was infuriated with the situation is firing back.
“I will say that the media in Vancouver were actually more caring in trying to find out how they could help these individuals.”
Jang says Saskatchewan need sot quit playing the blame game.
CKNW contacted Union Gospel Mission for an update on the pair, but a spokesperson says those details are private.