Cold-weather shelter decision seems odd

Mayor and council continue their obsession with war on the homeless by spending nearly a half-million of our taxpayer dollars just to get rid of a most suitable cold-weather shelter from 222 Corfield.

It seems very odd because there has been a cold-weather shelter in the downtown core for the past eight years, in buildings located a few blocks either side of 222 Corfield. Must be something about this particular location.

So with no shelter for eight people that means room for at least two more supportive housing units, right? Well, no; can’t add any more to the building. Apparently Parksville doesn’t need more supportive housing units, although, with more than twice the supportive housing applicants than the current layout can house, one wonders.

And since there never were any plans for a soup kitchen at 222 Corfield, thankfully mayor and council requested confirmation from BC Housing that a soup kitchen will not be located there.

But I’m left perplexed as to why mayor and council didn’t get confirmation that a brothel, a massage parlour and a topless bar will not be located there? There never were any plans for those, either.

Neil Dawe


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