Vagrant, Saturday 11 August 1928
Vagrancy laws were extremely broad and vague. They covered things like being an “idle and loose person,” “failing to give an account of yourself,” and prostitution, and essentially allowed/mandated police to persecute “undesirable” people, not just charge people for behaviours that broke the law. Echos of vagrancy laws still exist in our legal system, but their repeal in 1972 (for being too vague) was certainly a step in the right direction.
Source: Vancouver Sun