Above: Winnipeggers wait for rides inside one of the heated bus shelters at Portage Place. -JBU
If you’re like me and living in Winnipeg right now, you’re probably already sick of being cold. And it’s only November. Ugh.
But chances are if you’re reading this, you’re lucky enough to be somewhere warm, cozied up to a smartphone or computer.
Chances are you’re not nearly as cold as some of Winnipeg’s homeless who are preparing to sleep on the street tonight.
My journalism class is taking on a new project called Newsroom Wars where we split up into two competing news outlets and produce multimedia content on Mondays. My group’s news outlet, The Spectator (you can follow us on Twitter–shameless plug), worked on a story yesterday about whether Winnipeg’s homeless people should be allowed to sleep on buses or in bus shacks when it’s freezing cold.
I was surprised how many people were against the idea for various reasons, among them:
- They’re scared of homeless people.
- They’re scared of pan handlers.
- They’re scared of having to wake someone up on the bus because it might be awkward.
- They’re scared of not having enough space on the bus during rush hour if homeless people were to sleep there.