Conflicting authority on Lewis Street accomplishes nothing

Bylaw and security and police all sending different messages to these people.

Conflicting authority on Lewis Street accomplishes nothing

Well the residents of Lewis Street cautiously waited for the promised weekend of full police and bylaw protection as stated by the mayor and police.

The weekend arrived and we did see police and bylaw on Saturday morning giving wake up calls to the people camping on Lewis Street but by 11 o’clock they were gone and the tents were still up.

No significant presence for the rest of the day or night.

Sunday morning was a repeat of Saturday and the tents and people remained.

On Sunday I spoke with quite a few people living in the tents and questioned what they were told by the bylaw and police and security. It seems depending who talks to them, the agenda is different. Then Warmland apparently counsels these people in a manner totally contrary to all of town and police efforts.

Police and bylaw and security tell different tales; some give wakeup call and tell street people to clean up and collapse tent and cover with tarps then it is OK to stay here. Others require to fold down tents, clean up and move on. Police direct clean up, fold up tents and go somewhere else, suggesting McAdam Park or Victoria or Nanaimo. Warmland on the other hand, by stories from street people, advise people that they do not have to leave or even obey police or bylaw for it is their constitutional right to be here on Lewis Street. Also they are told they are safer here due to the presence of police for there is violence in McAdam Park.

The overview of this weekend is a token presence by town and police with no real effect. It shows police on overtime and I expect bylaw also on overtime as their idea of protection is 9 to 5. We also have a provincial shelter telling street people to ignore all authority and inciting a situation contrary to the public interest and safety.

Well in my last public letter I said we needed some public action from police and the town and we got it. I said let this action speak for itself and it sure did.

This token response on overtime was a total failure and really, do they think the people on Lewis Street or the public in general would be fooled by this display?

By actions we see a government organization by appearance undermining the agenda of the town and police and the town. Bylaw and security and police all sending different messages to these people.

Well if this was action to be seen of what they could do — IT FAILED MISERABLY!

Larry Woodruff

North Cowichan

Just Posted

Drivesmart column: Is it safe to open your door?

He parked at the side of the road, opened his door, and a passing car tried to tear it off!

Gogo Band rings in the new year in Crofton with high-energy show

Osborne Bay Pub favourites return to provide the party atmosphere

Robert Barron column: There are heroes among us

The five men who I saw bundled up and sped away in ambulances tried their best to save him

Family of transplant donor gives gift of popcorn at Cowichan hospital

“a really powerful part of our healing process.”

Andrea Rondeau column: The opioid, homelessness crises are on our doorstep

They had used three naloxone kits in three weeks to treat random people they’d found overdosing

VIDEO: ‘Holiday Magic’ when Celtic Rhythms and Summit Dance joined forces in Duncan

Fun and frolic combined with more serious selections to make a satisfying evening for everyone

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Most Read