PETERS – Intentions were laudable, execution was lacking at The Loop

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THERE IS MUCH TO BE LAUDED about what Glenn Hilke has done with The Loop, a pop-up non-profit agency that provided services for the people the rest of society has the most discomfort with: those who are street-affected, those with mental health challenges and those grappling with substance use disorder.

Hilke and his colleagues had noble intentions and tried to do something very difficult.

Criticizing is easy for those who, instead of trying to do something very difficult, sit on their La-Z-Boys and do nothing at all.

In a way, our community needs more Glenn Hilkes — in that it needs more citizens who realize they have something to offer a population that needs a helping hand.

Has The Loop been successful? Its proponents would certainly say yes, while its neighbours would say no.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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