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March 31, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Vancouver not so beautiful to the poor

Need to address crucial poverty issues

Recently, your paper had an article citing Vancouver, B.C., as one the most beautiful cities in the world and noting its recent gang violence [“Gang wars fester in Vancouver, B.C.,” News, March 29].

These problems are real. But they are nothing compared to the violence experienced every day by the poor in our inner city. Vancouver is in danger of fast becoming one of the world’s most inequitable cities. B.C. has the highest rate of child poverty in Canada.

If you come for 2010, ask yourself if the Olympic Games we play will provide an economic boom and address these crucial issues.

— Jim Frankish, Vancouver, B.C.

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