The Vancouver Observer’s Linda Solomon writes that: NPA City Council candidate Sean Bickerton not only has roots in the Downtown Eastside, he lives there. In an election where every NPA and Vision Vancouver city hall candidate has claimed if elected they will make ending homelessness their top priority, Bickerton’s love and devotion to the area seems more credible than the claims of those candidates living west of Cambie and north of 50th, people one suspects, who may at times seem to view the problems of the poor through telescopes.
“We’re cleaning up the next lot and this building,” he said, during a recent interview at his apartment at Keefer and Pender. “I’m working with the residents association next door, and they’ve already got efforts going. Then we need to go the next block over. We start working on Pender. We can improve that block simply by picking up trash. Getting the residents involved in picking up trash. Maybe reducing the number of people injecting drugs outdoors. Pairing those with city services. If we could do that in one block, that would make a noticeable difference. I’m talking about small measurable change.