Regina has spent a lot of years trying to resolve the problems facing the homeless, and I’m pretty impressed by her commitment to making life better for the less fortunate.

I’m not convinced the answers can be found in increasing the tax burden, but think people like her are right when they point an accusing finger at those in power.   It seems there are no obstacles in the way for government on enacting policies they like, and so much money at their fingertips to live above the rabble.  At the Federal level, it was nauseating to see Justin Trudeau whip off to Paris with a small army of politicians of every stripe, from every province.  It’s hard to see the working stiffs, who paid for their luxury jaunt, from 35,000 feet.

I wonder how much deliberation went into that exotic expense?  So I too think our tax dollars move too easily in the wrong direction.   And far too much tolerance for the forces that degrade and destroy society.  Like the current push to legalize marijuana, an entrance drug to worse addictions.  

There was once a time when our leaders saw the value in helping people OUT of their addictions.  It’s very odd that now the prevailing wisdom is to make it easier for people to stay in their addictions, and indeed that the public should pay for increased access and availability of the demons ruining so many lives.   Be sure of this, there are always sharks making money on ruined lives, no matter what their business card reads.

and CKNW today:

Vancouver is on pace for more than 400 overdose deaths by the end of 2017.
The Vancouver Police Department reports 27 OD deaths for May.
In a statement, Mayor Gregor Robertson says  “Four people a day are dying from overdoses in B.C. – we are desperate for a new provincial government who will change course and take a bold approach to stopping this horrific drug overdose death toll.”

Here’s Regina:    The following is my reply to the  Paul Henderson article that The NEWS printed yesterday — his article was first printed in theChilliwack Progress several days earlier, and The Progress then printed my letter.

Paul Henderson did an excellent job in his  June 9th article on the dilemma facing us re: marginalized individuals.

Now I realize his daughter is too young to understand the intricacies involved in this dilemma.  Actually many of us several times her age — myself included — don’t have a clue about what’s going on here. Some of us, however, are old enough to remember when people who needed help actually received it.  A time when addiction treatment and mental health services appear to have been sufficient for the population.  A time when social housing adequately served those in need.  A time when literally hundreds of people in our fine Valley did not have to sleep outside.  A time when excuses from politicians were not needed because the “problem” was not such a problem.

However, years of justifying the current system by saying “get off drugs” or “just find yourself a place to rent” haven’t worked too well.  We need the influx of tax dollars — yes, public money — that we saw in the 70s and early 80s to provide both housing and services.

Since politicians have little compunction when it comes to justifying 40 percent raises, or $500 plus stipends for meetings — incidentally, more than the monthly housing allowance for those on social assistance — this should not be too hard for them to understand.

Regina Dalton