The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and the City of Vancouver will be trying to overturn a Supreme Court ruling in the BC Court of Appeal that found the Downtown Ambassadors program discriminated against homeless people by getting them to “move on” from public spaces downtown.
But West Coast Leaf’s Raji Mangat says they’ll be appealing a case that’s a clear violation of human dignity and human rights law.
“What you are doing is telling people they have to leave because you don’t like how they look and that’s sort of textbook human rights discrimination.”
Raji Mangat from West Coast Leaf says the ambassadors overstepped their mandate.
“You can’t single out people in public areas and impede those people’s legal and proper access to those public areas.”
Mangat says homeless people aren’t covered by the Human Rights Code, but many of the homeless are disproportionately either aboriginal or disabled.