Many people who are homeless also have problems with substance abuse. And that leaves people dedicated to helping them with a problem — how to dealing with addicts. Other cities have introduced a new concept called "wet shelters" where clients are allowed a controlled amount of alcohol. It appears to be working, and Montreal has promised to set up one as well. But some complain that the city is taking far to long to study the idea, and should set one up now.
Guest(s) : Matthew Pearce, President and CEO of the Old Brewery Mission Nakuset, Executive Director, Native Women's Shelter of Montreal Anne Lagacé Dowson, Political Commentator David Chapman, Director, The Open Door
CityLife examines issues that affect all anglo Montrealers in an engaging and accessible way. Host Richard Dagenais and his team delve into politics, public transit, roadwork, the environment, the economy, immigration, social issues, culture and much more. Each CityLife show zeroes in on a particular subject or issue unfolding in Montréal, often with original approaches and creative coverage of local stories you may not find anywhere else.
Richard Dagenais was born, raised, educated and, continues to be employed, in Montréal. Twice nominated for ACTRA National Radio Awards, he works in Montréal television and radio as a host, anchor, reporter and writer. He is a singer, songwriter, and musician who has performed the anthems for the Expos and Alouettes. He's married with one son and two nutty dogs. He enjoys sports but hates going to the gym; he goes, but he hates it! He's got a blog and he tweets, too!