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Festival that aims to “humanize” the homeless may be no more

by admin November 29, 2010

État d’urgence, a festival which aims to “humanize homelessness,” may be no more. The five-day, 12th edition of the event, which kicked off on Nov. 25, offered entertainment, free clothing and food for up to 150 street people. But the festival’s future has been threatened by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s decision to cut its $43,500 contribution to État d’urgence’s $150,000 budget. Mayor Gérald Tremblay, who publicly champions the event, mused to the Gazette that the reason for the budget cut was because of the “T word” in “Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable,” the title of the group that organizes the event.