Mayor Banman told CTV news that Abbotsford had some empty emergency shelter spaces during the extreme cold weather Thursday night.
He couldn’t resist trying to score a few political points in his battle of wits with the homeless telling CTV that, if the homeless protesters in Jubilee Park won’t come in out of the cold there’s not much the City can do for them.
What an ill-informed, callous and inflammatory thing to say.
They are trying to survive in the middle of an arctic wind storm Bruce. They are afraid of leaving their stuff out in the park unattended. They’re afraid it may all blow away in the wind.
They are afraid the cops or the City might move in and take their belongings away, tear down their tents and leave them out in the cold.
They are battering down the hatches, protecting their homes and each other and surviving.
They are afraid of being denied access to the emergency shelter because they have drug addictions, alcohol addictions and mental illness problems which get them barred from emergency shelters and arrested. Haven’t you been paying attention?
What is the matter with you that you can’t stop shadow boxing with these people and figuratively beating them to a pulp with what passes for wit in a battle you seem to more and more alone in wanting to conduct?
Life has already beaten the shit out of these people Bruce. Just leave them alone. If you won’t help them, then shut up, get out of the way, and let those who will do so.
There are people in this community who are trying to bring this sorry episode in this City’s history to a peaceful, caring and humane result which respects the dignity of all those involved. Your cheap, uninformed political shots are not helping.