reported yesterday that Chilliwack City Hall is squabbling
with Fraser Health Authority (FHA). While they're embroiled
in e-mail wars, people are dying on the battlefield.
needles are the City's last defense against the crisis
plaguing the streets.
medical care and mental health are FHA's job. Homelessness
and sanitization are the municipality's responsibility.
When you're trying to be a city councillor, one of your
duties is to spot trouble before it happens so the
municipality is somewhat prepared.
But in this case Chilliwack City council has chosen to
ignore the issues.
My two questions to Fraser Health were simple but so far
Fraser Health has not responded:
1. Do they have plans to assist street-level groups such as
5 and 2 and;
2. Can they apply pressure to Chilliwack City Hall to
reinstall not one porta potty, but porta potties and
in a less visible place instead of at Chilliwack's "show"
The situation has spiraled out of control. Whatever scheme
thay come up with needs to happen now. It needs follow-up
and harm reduction programs and social work.
Groups such as the Downtown BIA and Chilliwack Tourism have
to work in unison with the municipality.
You can't have homeless people and drug addicts defecating
wherever it's convenient downtown.
I spoke briefly with a lawyer one morning who had a shovel
in his hands and was busy "scooping". He wasn't that happy
but considered it a fact of life now.
Five Corners resembles Calcutta. You can't have an outhouse
at a city gem and major tourist attraction. Which one of the
vastly overpaid upper-level staff came up with that
Without outhouses, the next thing to follow will be an
epidemic of preventable, human-caused diseases that'll
affect everyone in the community. Council should have a plan
in place to deal with the sanitation issue because it's
going to get worse as homeless people are squeezed up the
Chillwack City Hall's issue is not FHA's problem and vice
lurks tomorrow night when "Party in the Park" pulls up the
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