BC wants to force mentally ill into shelters

The BC government wants to force homeless people dealing with mental health issues into shelters but this idea has not been received positively by municipal officials and advocates.
Municipal officials have questioned how they would force people to go or stay in shelters in cold weather. Advocates and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association are criticizing the government for underfunding mental health and addictions services and say that the province cannot force people into shelter beds that don't exist.

More Information

"B.C. minister wants to force homeless into shelters" - December 31, 2008, Globe and Mail (Streams of Justice)

"Weather response co-ordinator sees problems with forcing homeless into shelters - January 4, 2008, CP (Link removed June 2011 - No longer exists)

"B.C. would force some mentally ill into shelters" - January 3, 2008, Times Colonist (Link removed June 2011 - No longer exists)

"Vision councillor calls for mental health advocate" - January 2, 2008, The Vancouver Courier