IT’S GOOD TO KNOW, sometimes, that we’re not in it alone.
Social disorder on the streets is the biggest topic of public discussion in Kamloops, with everyone trying to find the answers to the joint issues of crime, addictions, mental health and housing.
Other B.C. communities, though, are going through the same struggles, trying to fight on all these fronts and make sense of their complex interconnections.
Kelowna is third in the country on the national crime severity index. That’s a measure of the severity of police-reported violations. The Okanagan city is calling for five more prosecutors to chip away at court backlogs. In one horrendous case last weekend, a female security guard at the university campus was beaten to death.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.