“Battling Pivot Legal Society in court because they argue that housing is a human right is a waste of our tax dollars.” – AbbotsfordFIRST Electoral Society.
Cover: DWS Protest TeePee on Gladys Avenue. Photo by Bas Stevens.
Something sensible about homelessness in Abbotsford from a new political party. What a breath of fresh air.
First our new MLA, Darryl Plecas comes out in support of doing an academic study with people like Ann Livingston of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), DJ Larkin of Pivot Legal Society, Dr. Thomas Kerr of BC Excellence in HIV, UBC Professor and co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative Dr. Evan Wood, and involving the University of the Fraser Valley to find out what actually needs to be done.
Now a whole political party suggests we stop battling our homeless population in the courts.
There’s more. Here’s what AbbotsfordFIRST says about the issue of homelessness in Abbotsford:
Homelessness In Abbotsford
Ignoring the facts about our current challenges cannot continue. Anti-harm reduction bylaws resulted in the highest rates of Hepititus in the Province. Wasting 2 years of staff and community services time resulted in the turning away of 60 years of operating funds for a housing facility. Battling Pivot Legal Society in court because they argue that housing is a human right is a waste of our tax dollars.;
If we are going to make improvements in these areas, we can no longer deny the facts about health care, the homeless and other associated social issues like mental health and drug addiction. The Provincial Government continually tries to engage with us on issues of health care and housing and we turn them away. It is time to be proactive and show all levels of government that we mean business when it comes to addressing these issues and we’ll start by creating the proposals for projects and services we want funded. We’ll take those to the Province and show them that new leadership means new results…meaningful results here in Abbotsford.
Think about it. Made-in-Abbotsford solutions funded by the provincial and federal governments. That’s what you come up with when you actually want to solve a problem.