[Hpn] Fwd: shocking news from Calgary

Bonnie Briggs s248_1132@hotmail.com
Wed, 17 May 2000 09:44:00 -0700 (PDT)


General
Hi gang,
  Here is what's happening in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Is this happening in 
your cities?
Bonnie
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>
>>News
>> >TRAPS IN PARK CATS AND DOGS SNARED FOR FOOD
>> >BY MIKE D'AMOUR, CALGARY SUN
>> >
>> >05/16/2000
>> >The Calgary Sun
>> >Final
>> >Page 4
>> >(c) Copyright 2000 The Calgary Sun. All Rights Reserved.
>> >
>> >
>> >Calgary police will be sweeping a city park this morning to catch the
>>people
>> >they suspect have been trapping cats and dogs for food.
>> >
>> >
>> >"We've been receiving reports from the public of snares and traps being 
>>set
>> >in Edworthy Park," District 2 Calgary police Insp. Allan Hargreaves told
>>the
>> >Sun.
>> >
>> >
>> >Police initially became suspicious about activities in the southwest 
>>park
>> >when they began hearing odd stories.
>> >
>> >
>> >"We've had sporadic reports of deer carcasses which had been quartered 
>>for
>> >later consumption," Hargreaves said.
>> >
>> >
>> >"Several dog and cat carcasses have also been located, as well as a 
>>number
>>of
>> >makeshift snares."
>> >
>> >
>> >The people responsible -- who police suspect are homeless or transients
>> >--have apparently been cooking their game in home-made barbecues.
>> >
>> >
>> >"The fire department has reported a number of grassfires have been 
>>started
>>in
>> >the park by these small grills," Hargreaves said.
>> >
>> >
>> >About 10 police and the same number of firefighters -- with Emergency
>>Medical
>> >Services personnel standing by -- will sweep the park early this morning 
>>in
>> >an attempt to clear the park of squatters.
>> >
>> >
>> >"The exercise is a two-fold operation," Hargreaves said.
>> >
>> >
>> >"The first is to identify exactly who is poaching and snaring and see 
>>how
>> >many homeless are in the region."
>> >
>> >
>> >Any snares or traps which endanger public safety will also be removed.
>> >
>> >
>> >"The second is to assist the city's community and social development 
>>agency
>> >to try and connect these people with resources so we don't have to do 
>>this
>> >again tomorrow," Hargreaves said.
>> >
>> >
>> >Cops also have reason to believe there may be people at risk staying in 
>>the
>> >park.
>> >
>> >
>> >"We've found makeup kits and things that would be used by teenaged girls
>> >--whether they're living there or not, we have to find out," Hargreaves
>>said.
>> >
>> >
>> >Besides trapping animals, Hargreaves believes some of the same people 
>>are
>> >responsible for pulling a "New York scam" on unsuspecting members of the
>> >public who enjoy the popular park.
>> >
>> >
>> >"We've had reports of homeless people falling out of the bushes in front 
>>of
>> >bicyclists and then claiming they were injured.
>> >
>> >
>> >"They then tell the cyclists, 'Give me money or I will sue you.' "
>> >
>> >
>> >The police operation begins at 7 a.m. and is expected to take several
>>hours.
>>---------------------------------------------------------------
>>05/17/2000
>>The Calgary Sun
>>Final
>>14
>>(c) Copyright 2000 The Calgary Sun. All Rights Reserved.
>>
>>   The images revealed during a police sweep through Edworthy Park
>>yesterday are shocking.
>>
>>   A shantytown hidden in the trees with little "homes" spread about,
>>some complete with photos on the walls.
>>   The remains of barbecued dogs and cats that had recently provided a
>>filling meal for unkempt, wild-looking denizens of this hobo-jungle
>>within city limits.
>>
>>   These are scenes of despair you'd expect to find during the Dirty
>>'30s, or in Third World slums. Not in an affluent city in the 21st
>>century.
>>
>>   The first tendency, after shock, is to wonder why this has been
>>allowed to happen. Why, in one of the richest cities in Canada, a
>>parallel society has developed while the rest of us go about our
>>business.
>>
>>   It is tempting to pin the blame on a lack of facilities, but experts
>>in the field claim no one has to sleep outside or go hungry in Calgary
>>if they ask for help.
>>
>>   It is, in a way, even more shocking that there may be thousands of
>>people who either don't want help or are afraid to ask for it.
>>
>>   There is no doubt police had to act on this primitive community. There
>>was evidence the safety of park users was in jeopardy, not to mention
>>the safety of the occupants of this primitive transient village by the
>>Bow.
>>
>>   While police said they will attempt to connect some people up with
>>social services, it is likely many will simply set up camp somewhere
>>else. Apparently, clean-ups like this are done on a regular basis.
>>
>>   More of the homeless are arriving in Calgary every day, lured here by
>>tales of riches.
>>
>>   Solutions are as elusive as this shadow population itself. There are
>>many reasons for homelessness -- drug addiction, alcoholism, mental
>>disorders and plain old hard-luck stories.
>>
>>   Officials from the various agencies who deal with the homeless on a
>>regular basis admit they don't know what to do about it.
>>
>>   But one thing is certain.
>>
>>   Some kind of concerted, co-ordinated action should be launched to
>>help these people -- the sooner the better.
>>
>>   The knowledge that there are two cities within this city -- one
>>affluent and prosperous, the other desperate and hungry -- is enough to
>>keep anyone with a conscience from sleeping soundly at night.
>>
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>>-
>>News
>>PARK SHANTY SWEEP
>>CREWS DISMANTLE RAMSHACKLE HOMES
>>BY MIKE D'AMOUR, CALGARY SUN
>>
>>05/17/2000
>>The Calgary Sun
>>Final
>>7
>>(c) Copyright 2000 The Calgary Sun. All Rights Reserved.
>>
>>   After dismantling nearly 20 makeshift homes in Edworthy Park where
>>squatters had taken up residence, police found one homeless man who had
>>gone to the woods hoping to die in his lean-to.
>>
>>   "He's kinda down and out on his luck and he told me he was
>>contemplating suicide," District 2 Calgary police Const. Ray Wong told
>>the Sun.
>>   "But he said he was afraid to hurt himself so he thought if he lived
>>in a shanty out in the woods, he might freeze to death," Wong said,
>>noting the man spoke very little English.
>>
>>   "But he said he kept waking up."
>>
>>   The troubled man's makeshift home in the park was just one of many
>>discovered and dismantled yesterday morning by crews -- which included
>>police, firefighters and staff from the city's Parks and Recreation --
>>during a sweep prompted by public complaints of snares and traps set in
>>the park and squatters eating cats and dogs.
>>
>>   "It's unfortunate that people have to live like this," said area
>>resident, Barry MacDonald.
>>
>>   "I have found brass wire leg snares that, I guess, were being used to
>>trap rabbits and other small animals," the city firefighter said.
>>
>>   But it wasn't only wildlife that the poachers were trapping, he said.
>>
>>   "I found a frozen cat in one snare and have also found parts of cat
>>and dog bodies that had been partially cooked and eaten."
>>
>>   Most of those were found near illegal campsites, all of which were
>>dismantled, said Insp. Allan Hargreaves.
>>
>>   "We removed six significant structures, eight rudimentary campsites
>>with sleeping bags etcetera and three tenting areas," he said.
>>
>>   The sites were spread around the park and included tents, crudely
>>constructed sheds and shelters.
>>
>>   "We do these cleanups on a regular basis and find all sorts of debris
>>--human excrement, discarded clothes and used needles," said Russ
>>Glass, a foreman with Parks and Recreation.
>>
>>   Police discovered a platform built about eight metres above the ground
>>in the branches of a tree.
>>
>>   "This is used as a stand from where people can shoot deer," police
>>Const. Shon Marsh said.
>>
>>   Area residents have reported sounds of gunshots coming from the area
>>and a partially butchered deer was found there, he said.
>>
>>photo by JACK CUSANO, Calgary Sun
>>CRUDE DWELLING ... Const. Shon Marsh inspects a makeshift squatter's
>>home in Edworthyv Park yesterday.
>>
>>
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