Three observations, one question.
1. Real homeless people cannot sleep at 201 Portage. It is well lit and has security. Homeless people would be removed from this area. You also cannot panhandle in this plaza area for the same reason.
Perhaps the CEOs would like to call this one a mulligan and go sleep on Jarvis somewhere instead.
2. As I walked by 201 Portage moments ago I noticed a few red shirt Downtown BIZ patrols, and a police officer. It is too bad homeless people are not granted the same kind of security. Ironically, this beefed security is probably to prevent homeless people from panhandling. Those aggressive panhandlers everyone is scared of are probably the same people that these CEOs supposedly want to help.
3. Are homeless people allowed to come and "sleepout" with the CEOs? Or would they get removed by security?
4. Both publisher Bob Cox and Margo "Free Speech" Goodhand will be sleeping out. Given that the Winnipeg Free Press had an article or two on homelessness awareness activist Mark Horvath's visit to Winnipeg and CDI College, neither of them attended Mark's presentation. But they will sleep out in a well lit, secure outdoor environment. Kind of like camping in your back yard.
Gotta hand props to the Downtown BIZ though. This event is as slick, polished and matte gloss as any Downtown BIZ pamphlet you can pick up.