Reader discretion is advised!
by Emilie Victoria on March 16, 2015 - 7:55pm
Very recently, MTL blog snapped a picture of a homeless woman and man doing sexual favours in public in place des arts metro. Synden Hope-Johnsten, the editor of this ‘article’ post a picture of the incident and poking fun at this woman and man. The metro is not the place to do such things, but I personally pass these people every day, for I work in Place des Arts metro. Finding this obscure article and picture, I hardly find this ‘article’ to be news at all, if anything these people need help. I see manny vagabonds in place des arts metro, I see and hear this woman in particular screaming at the top of her lungs at men “I don't do crack no more.” From what I hear and see, these people spending the cold winters in the place des arts quarter either suffer from a metal illness or have had a long history of drug abuse. These people need not to be humiliated and posted about online, but helped. As a citizen of Montreal, and seeing this woman almost everyday, I decided to comment on the article, stating that these aren't just random citizens of Montreal and that these people don't need to be exploited and made fun of but to be helped. As later that day, I got a reply from ‘Lisa SB’ claiming that there is nothing wrong with these people, and questioning how i could possible know anything about the people. As an apparent crisis intervention worker, Lisa SB, doesn't quite know what she is talking about, quoting me and poking at me in her comments , when I was only trying to state that these people need help and not to be exploited as such and that I have known and seen these people quite often.
See the full article and comments section here.
Ever since I started working down town 2 years ago i have seen many homeless men and women trying to make their home within the metro stations on cold nights. Obviously this needs to be changed and there are some organizations in down town Montreal that can the homeless with drug abuse, metal illness, provide food and shelter and also help get them off the streets and integrate into society.