Mayor may eat his words

Re: the news item Mayor: fear not warranted

Colin Basran needs to give his head a shake. What an obtuse statement.

“How many children have died as a result of a supportive housing unit being located in our city? No children, as far as I know, have been killed downtown because of residents in Cardington," he said.

Yes, but why does the city consistently opt for these facilities to be placed in Rutland? If it is so safe, what about Upper Glenmore? Dilworth Mountain? The Mission? The truth is simple, because they are considered more affluent neighborhoods.

I don’t know how much time Basran spends on the streets of downtown Kelowna, but believe me, it is not safe in the day, let alone the evening, and I hazard to say has one of the highest crime rates in the city.

Perhaps the locals are also concerned about their homes being broken into, carports rifled through, vehicles vandalized along with petty theft. Perhaps the residents don’t want to walk or allow their children to be unattended around their neighbourhood with an addict who just shot up and decides to go for a walkabout.  

There are schools, the YMCA and several other facilities for children within 500 metres of the proposed development, but it is a good idea to put a wet facility at this location? And don’t even get me started on the whole “wet facility” mindset.

It seems the so called elite rule the city, and they will keep these facilities as far away from their homes as possible.

Mr. Basran, it will only take one assault, homicide, or god forbid sexual assault from one of these residents while they are high on fentanyl for you to eat those words. 

J. Anderson

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