Advocates, politicians gather for homelessness, poverty symposium in Winnipeg

 By Dave Baxter Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A symposium on issues of homelessness and poverty brought advocates and politicians to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) on Monday, while around the museum in downtown Winnipeg the true impacts of both were clearly visible. On Monday, CMHR hosted the first ever Homelessness and Poverty Symposium, an event created and organized by longtime advocate for the homeless and impoverished Al Wiebe, and one that brought more than 100 invitees together for discussions and presentations on issues of poverty and homelessness, as well as mental health and addictions. While the event ran on Monday, signs of real poverty and homelessness were clear and visible not far from the CMHR building, as several occupied encampments were seen set up along river banks near…

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