TC: One year later, streets are worse

October 20, 2008 at 7:02 pm 3 comments

Just enough time this morning to dash off a post regarding a hard-hitting editorial in today’s Times Colonist: One year later, streets are worse.

And, increasingly, the coalition looks to be a way for Victoria’s council — and others in the capital region — to pretend to be taking action, while failing to get people off the streets and out of the parks.

What happened to the commitment, embraced by Mayor Alan Lowe, to have 315 people placed in “affordable, supported housing” by now? Or, for that matter, the mayor’s pledge to have the 50 most troublesome people off the streets within 120 days of the task force report’s release?

Neither commitment was kept.

I’m confused with this. I was at a lot of meetings where the “worst 50” were discussed and I’m under the impression most, if not all were being housed. Not only that, many were in market housing which means more resources are spent on others. I’ll follow up with this.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yule Heibel  |  October 20, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Interesting, because according to Greg Hartnell’s “concernced citizens blog,” that editorial was written by Paul Willcocks, not exactly someone unsympathetic to the cause of helping, and presumably someone who is informed as to what’s being done and what’s going on (he’s partner of Jody Paterson, right?, and she’s up to speed on all this)… Not sure how/ why GH knows it’s by Willcocks, since it’s unsigned, but take that info for what it’s worth.

    So if he (Willcocks, if it’s him) says the 50 weren’t housed, it’s probably true, wouldn’t you say?

  • 2. robertrandall  |  October 22, 2008 at 8:14 am

    It’s likely Willcocks. I’m still tracking down the status of the “worst 50”. Hard data is not easy to find.

    Creative, small steps on homelessness, a follow-up editorial in today’s T/C.

  • 3. goyodelarosa  |  October 28, 2008 at 9:51 am


    The Times Colonist never ‘signs’ its main editorials, but Paul Willcocks is identified in the upper right hand corner of their COMMENT page as ‘Editorial writer.’

    – Gregory Hartnell, President
    Concerned Citizens’ Coalition
    Candidate, Victoria City Council



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