EDITORIAL: Big meeting Dec. 13

Time to garner information, ask questions about supportive housing facility

There is a vitally important meeting going on in Quesnel next week and at it’s core is a question: Does Quesnel need a social safety net for its residents?

As citizens of Quesnel, do we need to reach out and give a hand up to people who are struggling to make ends meet?

Maybe this person has lost a job or a loved one and can’t cope so he or she numbs the pain.

It can happen to anyone and it’s happening more and more often.

Maybe this person has come from a mentally and physically abusive relationship as an adult or suffered quietly or shamefully as a child in a family setting.

Maybe this person is one of the people who is suffering from mental challenges and doesn’t have the life skills to take care of themselves and ends up on the streets. Then they’re taken advantage of by others on the street who prey on people who can’t protect themselves.

Maybe this person is stuck in that gerbil wheel that is substance abuse – unable to find a way to break the cycle.

Maybe this person is our mom or dad or our brother or sister, or an aunt or uncle or a cousin – someone we suspected was changing for the worse. Like that friend we had who suddenly went strange and started retreating in the dark corners of his or her world.

If we look into our hearts, we’ll find sadness and empathy. Most of us have experienced a small dose of the pain these people are feeling.

We are unlikely to be judgmental with our family and friends.

But do we have the courage and soul to not be judgmental with those who are not our family members or friends?

That’s our challenge when we look at the people who are homeless, or mentally challenged or embroiled in the horrors of substance abuse. We must not be judgmental; we must look for a way to help.

With that in mind, we encourage people to drop in at the Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre on Dec. 13 to check out the information session and public hearing on the proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development, which includes sheltering and services for the people mentioned above.

There will be an open house, hosted by B.C. Housing, starting a 4:30 p.m. This will include a presentation and a question-and-answer period.

This will be an opportunity to look at the facility, ask questions about who it’s going to serve, what’s going to be available for the residents, and what rules and guidelines will be in place for the operation of the facility.

At 7 p.m., the City of Quesnel public hearing will begin and folks can let mayor and council know how they feel about the project.

We can only hope the meeting will be respectful and constructive.

Ken Alexander,

Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Just Posted

Rona donates $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel

The Lowe’s corporatation raised a total of $1.1 million for local charities last month

Letter: Governments need to get priorities straight

“Pot has been available to anyone who wants it through any number of friends for the past 40-plus years”

City of Quesnel to receive $75,000 grant to fight overdose crisis

The grant will go toward the implementation of a plan to address addiction issues in the city

Just 7% of Northern B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

UPDATE, Oct. 17: Gas leak near Dragon Lake Hill closes one lane of southbound traffic

Oct. 17: crews continue with repairs, southbound lane should re-open later today, says FortisBC

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Money Monitor: Should you switch to a fixed-rate mortgage?

BMO’s Omar Abouzaher outlines the pros and cons of both types of mortgages

Earth still moving in Old Fort, B.C., but not above homes: geologists

Transportation Ministry crews are ready to start work on the Old Fort road

Around the BCHL: Youth trumps experience for Chilliwack and Salmon Arm

Around the BCHL is a look at goings-on in the BCHL and the junior A world.

Proportional representation grows government, B.C. study finds

Spending, deficits higher in countries where voting system used

Black market will thrive until small pot growers and sellers included: advocates

Advocates say the black market will continue to thrive until small retail shops and craft growers are included in the regime.

Goodbye cable, hello Netflix: 1/3 of Canadians cut the cord

Just under half of households no longer have a landline phone

‘Some baloney’ in assertion Canada’s pension fund has highest ethical standards

The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney”.

In Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael, some coming home find no home

State emergency management officials said some 124,500 customers across the Panhandle were still without power Wednesday morning and 1,157 remained in shelters.

Most Read