Bill Simpson, a homeless man who was barred from the Carnegie Learning Centre in Vancouver for allegedly blogging, has continued to face rough treatment since he managed to get elected to the Carnegie Board of Directors in June ’07.

An attempt was made to prevent Simpson from advertising a meeting he was holding this evening with supporters at Carnegie. Leaflets he left on the front reception desk — where an array of leaflets are left for members to pick up, including one for an upcoming bed bug forum — were ripped up and discarded late today by current Board President Margaret Prevost. Prevost, a fifty-something aboriginal woman with short dark hair and bangs, can often be seen at Carnegie zooming around in her electric wheelchair. She is part of the old guard on the Carnegie Board and remains President until next Tuesday when new officers are elected.

Simpson, who was in the building at the time his leaflets were destroyed, was told by front desk receptionist, Kim, and security staff who stand nearby, that Prevost had taken this action because literature displayed in the reception area must be approved by the Board.

Simpson does not get welfare or any other form of government assistance, unlike Prevost, and therefore does not have the money to make photocopies of his leaflets when they are
ripped up.


For complete original article, see Downtown Eastside Enquirer

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