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Re the Journal’s article and quest for “balanced reporting”, I don’t know anyone who thinks that police are ”the” solution or that patrols alone will fix social disorder. But I do know an awful lot of people who rightfully think that a lack of policing and a lack of patrols simply contributes to an unending escalation of social disorder.
 

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Why do they always quote Temitope Oriola as a balanced source? I think that professor has a very open anti law perspective, which is fine, but at least acknowledge that and don't present as a neutral voice. Bigger picture, I think we've tried the no law enforcement approach over the past 3 years and it has failed miserably, including for the most vulnerable.
 

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LIVE: The Government of Alberta is announcing $187 million in new funding to address addiction and homelessness in Edmonton and Calgary
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for making today’s announcement happen. The $70M announced today will support many important initiatives and also help close the funding gap between Edmonton and Calgary to support our unhoused neighbours.

 

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Wow! That much of a gap between the two cities?! Nuts! Goes to show how bad the UCP’s want to hide the homeless from sight within their flagship downtown…..”gotta keep YYC’s dwindling DT from getting any worse!” While in YEG….”let them roam wherever they want….”
 

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I didn't really expect them to be there, so not sure that's the point of this story.

The real issue is that the Mayor has told Downtown stakeholders numerous times that they think they're doing enough for Downtown, and many in Council don't want to fund more Downtown stuff. The reality is Downtown doesn't get a lot more funding than any other neighbourhood operationally save a bit for cleanliness recently and the $5m Vibrancy Strategy fund for Covid recovery (Calgary is spending $100-200m), and I'm hearing the many in Council with a tight fall budget don't want to approve any more dollars for Downtown. That scares me a little bit and shows how suburban our priorities really are.
 

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i would wager that most people who say how much better things are aren’t living with the same things week after week…
 

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Sorry to see this breakdown of societal norms and support affecting your property. Simply unacceptable.
 

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Sorry to see this breakdown of societal norms and support affecting your property. Simply unacceptable.
it’s not about our property per se, collectively it’s about our downtown and our neighborhoods.

we are at the same time failing ourselves and our most vulnerable and it’s heartbreaking at both levels.
 

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Related to this in general, anyone hear about the status of the new center that is supposed to be moving into/opening across from the Brick?
 

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My opinion, the state of the homeless/mental health/societal disorder situation right now may be one of the great failures of our time. Governments have completely botched this and until they figure out that they have to fix the holes in the boat, simply adding more "bailers", giving them larger buckets and instructing them to bail faster is not going to keep it afloat.
 

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i believe they’re still working their way through the permit process with planning and sdab etc.

Yes, I heard there is ongoing community opposition to this and that is stalling it.

Previously I also heard that one of the designs/proposals had too many trees planned for the property and the city wanted less and so a revision was necessary on that front.
 

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Yes, I heard there is ongoing community opposition to this and that is stalling it.

Previously I also heard that one of the designs/proposals had too many trees planned for the property and the city wanted less and so a revision was necessary on that front.

I drove by last week,....fence and signs are up but NO work has been started...from what I could tell....
 

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