But you see how I'm exposing the inconsistency in this premise, right? How did we decide that downtown Victoria should be burdened, but not downtown Sidney and not Oak Bay Avenue and not Gordon Head? If we're so darned concerned about bothering people, then downtown was a lousy choice right out of the gate. And in the 21st century downtown is fast becoming an off-the-charts laughably nonsensical choice.
Downtown is full of people, but we don't want to bother people, so we stuff the bothersome things into downtown. Give me a break.
We don't want to see unpleasant stuff in our own neighbourhoods. Full stop. Even
(especially?) when the unpleasant stuff is the product of our own neighbourhoods.
This is the privileged & selfish attitude that needs to change.
I’m not saying it’s all to do with Ms Helps at all . Some of it is her fault in my opinion.
When homeless from Sask with mental health issues arrived she welcomed them with open arms on the news .When campers flooded the courthouse lawn she told them they did a good job and gave them rewards . She also decided to pay them for their opinions.The money just walked out the door.People with addiction issues are looking for ways to make their lives easier.Lets face it they already struggle daily with getting high . We have provided an easier option especially if people feel they’ve worn out their welcome where they live now . We give them art lessons ,pet care ,all the food they will ever need ,clean needles somewhere safe to get high on and on and decent weather.
We also give them a sense of community in the downtown streets. We don’t make any of this difficult.You go to work to and pay taxes right or wrong to support this .
I think the mayor is partly to blame because of her naive attitude on the issues. Addicts are masters at manipulation ,it’s part of addiction. Helps seems to be distancing herself from the homeless lately after opening the flood gates . It’s not all her fault I do put part of the blame on her .