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Business group calls for ‘urgent action’ against crime in B.C.

daftandbarmy

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I'm guessing that this is a common feeling across the country:


As street issues and crime continues to rise across the province, members of the Business Improvement Areas of B.C. are calling for immediate action from all levels of government to help curb the problem.

“It’s certainly impacting all four corners of our province as evidenced in communities in our northern portion, the Interior, and on our Island as well,” said president of the BIABC, Teri Smith.

“It’s really become the number one issue that we’re hearing from our BIA colleagues across the province.”

One city where crime has become a real challenge is Kelowna. It was recently ranked number one in Canada when it comes to crime rate.

“The increase in demand for the Downtown Kelowna Association’s On Street services continue to grow at an alarming rate,” said Downtown Kelowna Associations executive director, Mark Burley.

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“Our Downtown On-Call is experiencing unprecedented call volume from our member businesses and visitors to Downtown Kelowna to deal with individuals with drug and mental health issues.”

President of the Business Improvement areas of B.C. says it’s time for governments to step up and take action against what she calls “untenable street issues and crime” across the province.

“What we want to see is all levels of government from municipal to our federal level coming together and working cooperatively to address these critical issues that were facing,” expressed Smith.

“No more talking, no more deflecting, let’s just get to work and figure this out.”

At the municipal level, BIABC is challenging all mayoral and council candidates in the October civic elections to support core funding that will alleviate main street issues through increased policing resources, street lighting, sanitation, and anti-graffiti programs, as well as stronger bylaw enforcement.

They are also recommending a plan for the province to support those experiencing mental health, addictions and/or homelessness, actions to address the issue of prolific offenders, an examination of alternative justice options, increased police resources and assistance programs for victims of commercial crime.

 

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If you don't address the core causes and exacerbators of poverty and mental health issues, you're never going to fix addiction, crime, and homelessness. You could literally come in, kidnap, and "bus-away" the homeless, and bulldoze and relocate the most impoverished criminal ridden neighborhoods, but they will just re-appear in a few months/years if you don't address the underlying issues.
 

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If you don't address the core causes and exacerbators of poverty and mental health issues, you're never going to fix addiction, crime, and homelessness. You could literally come in, kidnap, and "bus-away" the homeless, and bulldoze and relocate the most impoverished criminal ridden neighborhoods, but they will just re-appear in a few months/years if you don't address the underlying issues.
People won't address the issues, because the solutions aren't going to always going to be "feel good" solutions.

There are a large number of people who need to be in state custody due to MH issues, whether caused by drug use, or existing before drug use.
 

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People won't address the issues, because the solutions aren't going to always going to be "feel good" solutions.

There are a large number of people who need to be in state custody due to MH issues, whether caused by drug use, or existing before drug use.

The 'allegedly new' Premier is looking at that, and softening some of the existing involuntary detention legislation, it seems ;)


 

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From "Victoria is facing a public safety crisis" by FJAG

That's why they are there in such numbers but lets face facts, much of the violent homeless problem has its genesis from the process of deinstitutionalization which took hold in the country (actually continent) around the mid 1970s and spanned several years. Deinstitutionalization replaced many mental health institutions by a loose grouping of homes, care homes, and half way houses with far too many diverting to the streets, general hospitals and, all too often, jails.

It's politically incorrect to point out that the system, while laudable, may have gone too far and lost control.

The problem that Victoria is, and other cities are, facing is less a police problem but more a mental health services problem.
 

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The 'allegedly new' Premier is looking at that, and softening some of the existing involuntary detention legislation, it seems ;)
See my post quoted by @mariomike above.

The "new" premier is heading in the wrong direction.

The problem isn't that there is an increase in involuntary admissions and that "rights" advisors are needed. The problem is that too many people still won't accept that there are a certain number of people suffering from mental illnesses that need institutionalized care for their own safety and that of the public and that there are far too few adequate facilities for them.

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See my post quoted by @mariomike above.

The "new" premier is heading in the wrong direction.

The problem isn't that there is an increase in involuntary admissions and that "rights" advisors are needed. The problem is that too many people still won't accept that there are a certain number of people suffering from mental illnesses that need institutionalized care for their own safety and that of the public and that there are far too few adequate facilities for them.

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Put them all in Tofino:

One road in, one road out 😁
 
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