Street Feat, Halifax paper that advocates for poor, closes doors

Street Feat, a 17-year-old publication that advocated for the poor in downtown Halifax, hasn't printed a new edition in a year.

Street Feat hasn't published a new issue in a year, due to lack of advertising and volunteers

Kendall Worth misses the people he used to meet when selling Street Feat. (CBC)

Street Feat, a 17-year-old publication that advocated for the poor in downtown Halifax, hasn't printed a new edition in a year.

The paper featured stories about poverty, many of them written by people who are low-income or homeless.

It matters still, because while there's poverty there's injustice.- Juan Carlos Canales-Leyton, Street Feat managing editor

Vendors bought it for 75 cents a copy and sold it for $1.50 to make a little extra money.

"I miss the interaction I used to have with all the people on Spring Garden Road," said Kendall Worth, who sold Street Feat.

The paper was a labour of love for managing editor Juan Carlos Canales-Leyton.

"It matters still, because where there's poverty there's injustice. And it brought a little bit of justice by showing what poverty is," he said.

Juan Carlos Canales-Leyton, managing editor of Street Feat, says he hopes the publication can be resurrected. (CBC)
The paper began as a monthly, then became a quarterly with 3,000 copies printed each edition.

Canales-Leyton said there was not enough advertising to keep it going. He also did not have enough time to devote to Street Feat, since the paper became a one-man show and Canales-Leyton works full time at another job.

"We ran out of steam, basically," he said.

He says he misses the vendors and writers and hopes the publication can be resurrected.

Bringing the paper back would require financial help and volunteers.

Copies of Street Feat are still available from the last printing.

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