PETERS – Collaboration key to solving street safety issues

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CFJC TODAY’S QUESTIONNAIRE asked local election candidates their opinions of the top priority in the upcoming campaign.

Almost without fail, candidates said issues of safety related to our street-involved population are top of mind for their constituents. Nothing even came a close second.

The issue they have identified is actually many complex and interrelated issues.

A lack of housing supply for those who could survive and thrive with a roof over their heads.

Inadequate mental health and addiction supports for many living without shelter.

The court rulings that have a huge impact on pretrial detention, meaning suspects being arrested and charged find themselves back out on the street and back to the criminal activity they were doing before in order to feed addictions or compulsions.


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.

About Mel Rothenburger (9504 Articles) is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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