decision to use community centres for this service raised the ire of the NPA Park Board commissioners. Citing the fact that community centre staff are not equipped to deal with situations that arise when the homeless use the facilities overnight, they called an emergency meeting Thursday night to vote on a motion from Commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung to close the warming centres immediately and indefinitely.
Like the majority of Vancouverites, I had no idea any of this was happening until the meeting had already started. Bubbling with outrage, I recruited my equally frustrated friend Tara Nelson to come with me. We arrived late and stood at the back. Dozens of others had the same instinct as us, and were speaking eloquently about the need for shelters during cold weather.