EDITORIAL – If you want to solve ‘problem’ houses, get out your wallet

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Comparatively speaking, Kamloops is still a safe city. Few things make life more miserable, though, than living on a street plagued by criminal activity

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IS KAMLOOPS becoming the next Surrey?

That’s one of the questions showing up on social media in reaction to this week’s shooting on Nelson Avenue. Surrey does have a reputation for shootings, but in fact violent crimes are on the decrease there.

In Kamloops, though, we’ve had two shootings recently — one fatal — and people are understandably worried. They wonder why “problem” houses like the one involved in this week’s incident can’t simply be shut down.


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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – If you want to solve ‘problem’ houses, get out your wallet

  1. Again not a new problem and one with overdue solutions. These houses and their residents must be breaking a bylaw or two fairly regularly.
    So the authorities, which we already pay for…what are they up to?

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