EDITORIAL – Fast action needed to fix Stuart Wood homeless-shelter issues

Police cars attending incident at Stuart Wood homeless shelter. (Image: courtesy Coun. Denis Walsh)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

SOMETIMES good intentions aren’t enough to make an idea work the way it should.

Worries were expressed about using the Stuart Wood school gym for an interim winter shelter for the homeless before the doors opened three weeks ago — things like needles on the grounds, the fact that kids play there, and the pickup and drop-off of Beattie elementary students.

But those concerns were swept aside in the rush to open the shelter, with negligible public-input time to smooth out any wrinkles.

Now, that haste has come home to roost.


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5 Comments on EDITORIAL – Fast action needed to fix Stuart Wood homeless-shelter issues

  1. Fence off the side walk. Have a security guard at gate during the day,all same library.

  2. Mark Carlson // November 22, 2017 at 5:51 PM // Reply

    Mel have you thought about running for MAYOR in the next election. If you do you have my vote .

  3. Fast? It took years of mis-governance at the hands of people like Gordon Campbell, Christy Clark and cronies that lead to the present situation.
    The haste has indeed come home to roost. You, dear Mel, should send a note to Stone, Krueger, Milobar, Lake and ask them to address the dreadful situation we are stuck with because they were directly involved, in one form or another, to get us where we are at.

  4. So, since when do Joe and Jane Average of the public know things that planners don’t?
    Yes, we need to have compassion. These people do need to be cared for. There has to be some consideration given to public input and credit given to people who have also been given grey matter between their ears.
    Is there a Plan B in place?
    Kids being exposed to elements of the drug trade is likely my biggest concern now that I have grey hair and have seen other stuff happening.

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