By Abnor. It seems the talk about the City ending the Heat contract has put all the discussion of the City’s mistreatment of the poor on the backburner for a few days.
Seems we’re gonna pay the Calgary Flames to stop taking money out of our bank account. At least that’s what it seems like to the folks I’ve been talking to.
The City of Abbotsford has done absolutely nothing for over ten years to deal with the homeless crisis which has grown worse each year as the politicians and community leaders funneled any and all money from other levels of government into high-barrier shelters. They consciously decided to have the police deal with those who couldn’t make the transition out of mental illness, alcohol dependence or drug addiction. They even passed an illegal and ultra vires bylaw called the Anti-Harm Reduction Bylaw which violated the constitution and the civil rights of several hundred Abbotsford citizens.
As a result of the concerted action of the Abbotsford Chapter of the BC/Yukon Drug War Survivors and the Pivot Legal Society the City was forced to abandon its illegal bylaw and is now using every legal manoeuver it can devise to move the other seven or eight lawsuits and civil rights cases into the spring of 2015, after the next election.
The homeless, it seems, can wait another year and make their way through another winter on the streets so that a bunch of well-off, publicly-paid politicians have a decent run at keeping their bloated faces in the public trough.
Now comes word that, after emptying the reserve funds (DCCs) to pay for Plan A and a couple of overpasses, and after turning down more than $15 million in provincial funding for a low-barrier homeless shelter, Mayor Banman found $5.5 million in somebody’s sock with which he could pay the Calgary Flames to go away.
Could it be that the threats of law suits over the Heat contract and the unpaid bills to local businesses were what convinced Bruce to find the money somewhere … anywhere?
If so, I think we’ve may have learned something. Maybe the only way to get the City of Abbotsford to obey the law or do the right thing is to take them to court. Let’s dispense with elections and just sue the bastards.
Then we could just have meetings with our lawyers every two weeks instead the incessant blathering that passes for discourse at council meetings.
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Editor’s Note:Abnor joins us from time to time with a question or two about what he sees around him. He has plenty of time on his hands and he spends a great deal of his time wandering the streets of Abbotsford wondering about what he sees and hears. He’s a modern day hobo with a Blackberry.