Just outside the shelter on Ste-Catherine St., Nogeeshik Isaac walked between the cars stopped at a traffic light, extending his styrofoam cup to collect spare change. No one rolled down their window or made eye contact with him.
The night before, police caught Isaac outside after curfew and fined him $1,500. He had nowhere to stay that night so he hung out around an overpass in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce until the officers spotted him.
“They didn’t offer to take me to a shelter, they just called me over and gave me and my girlfriend a ticket,” said Isaac. “Afterward they said they could take me somewhere to spend the night. But I just tore up the ticket. I was pissed off.”
“I mean, where the fuck am I gonna come up with $1,500? I’m a panhandler.”