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Advocates for people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (this city’s Skid Row and Canada’s poorest community) have found an unique way to communicate information regarding legal rights – lightweight, waterproof blankets printed on the inside with the rights and responsibilities of homeless people and authorities.

Originated by Pivot Legal Society and manufactured by Mountain Equipment Co-op, the blankets protect homeless people in several ways: by keeping them and their belongings warm and dry, by educating them about actions of security guards and police that may be unlawful or unconstitutional, and by reminding the homeless of the types of actions that would put them on the wrong side the law.

There are only 700 shelter spaces available in Vancouver for the estimated 2300 homeless people in the city.

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