Noah Quastel, GEOG MITACS PDF, in action

September 06, 2018

Here’s some coverage that refers to the excellent legal geographic work of Noah Quastel (Geography Postdoctoral Fellow), who is working with Pivot Legal on a project regarding the municipal regulation of poor and homeless people in BC. 

The council in Vernon, BC, decided it would be a smart idea to ban shopping carts in the downtown area (notionally to decrease ‘urban decay’, improve circulation and prevent obstructions). Noah’s powerful counter-argument (that this is targeted at poor people, and is inherently discriminatory and a violation of Charter rights) proved persuasive, prompting the City to abandon the policy.