I read the May 13 KTW article by Jessica Wallace — 'City cites pandemic for rise of problems on West Vic' — which describes the increased crime and drug traffic that has taken hold since the Rosethorn House supportive-housing facility opened in January.
I was struck by two quotes.
The first by Byron McCorkell, the city’s protective services director: “We’re trying to get people into a shelter, into a productive life, yet they are being targeted by those that want to bring them back to the drug culture.”
The second by CMHA Kamloops manager of operations Alfred Achoba: “Security is not being considered at this time.”
My question is simple: What is the point in spending billions of taxpayer dollars to house and try to rehabilitate people if we cannot protect them from being preyed upon by those who want them to revert to their previous lifestyles?
If the province and local municipalities are not willing to hold the operators of these facilities accountable to their occupants and to the businesses and homeowners that surround them by mandating a clean environment through 24-hour onsite monitoring or security, then how will these initiatives ever succeed?