I didn’t realize Premier John Horgan, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth and Attorney General David Eby have such bizarre senses of humour!
What a joke their latest response is to the lawlessness that makes so many residents of Vancouver and Victoria afraid to walk their own streets … even in daytime.
Random assaults on innocent citizens are growing; shopkeepers’ windows are repeatedly shattered; smash and grabs, break-ins and robberies have become far too common; thefts and shoplifting often go unchallenged; broken glass litters parking spots of people naïve enough to still shop, eat or do business downtown; agitators regularly block area bridges and roads; vandals brazenly deface buildings, destroy artworks and even target entire neighbourhoods (Chinatown a particularly sad victim).
And NOTHING meaningful has been done to stop it!
The newspaper Vancouver is Awesome detailed last weekend’s crime spree in the city: https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/local-news/weekend-violence-concerning-vancouver-police-makeshift-stun-gun-stranger-attack-5322723.
Yet, little has been done by City Hall or the BC government to address the growing violence. The lawlessness has become bolder, more widespread, more violent, with more damage greater; and more and more victims.
Think of the millions of dollars in damages/repairs that private citizens/businesses and taxpayers have had to absorb/shell out … over and over again, for years now!
And the emotional and traumatic injuries suffered by the victims and other law-abiding citizens … especially seniors … make things even worse! Many who live alone are now afraid to leave their homes, except when accompanied or only when they absolutely must.
Hard to believe there was a time when only top-end jewelry stores kept their front doors locked … requiring you to buzz to gain entry? Lately, shops selling clothing, shoes, purses have also done the same … and one city hardware keeps its stock behind a fence or zip-tied to the shelves! Read it and weep: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-crime-store-keeps-stock-locked-up-as-forum-held-on-public-safety-1.5805234.
Vancouver’s downtown, West End, Yaletown, Chinatown are under siege!
Will Commercial Drive, Kitsilano, Broadway, South Granville be next?
The news media occasionally report arrests: but how often do you hear of jail sentences being handed down to even the most recidivist thieves, vandals, violent offenders?
Because BC’s “Justice” system has become part of the problem.
Police, lawyers and judges now know many of the perpetrators on a first-name basis; yet even when they plead GUILTY, they get released over and over again … back into the very communities they victimized …. to do it all again and again and again.
Saturday, Global News reported a criminal arrested INSIDE a Vancouver antiques store that had its window smashed in March has now pleaded GUILTY to possession of stolen property. The culprit …with 75 convictions since 1998 … was sentenced to ONE DAY in jail, and one year probation.
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps recently revealed that, in the provincial capital, 200 offenders have been responsible for 11,000 Police incidents.
One offender in Victoria was reportedly involved in 248 police incidents and 55 charges over a two-year period, the Victoria Times Colonist reported.
“In Vancouver, 40 “super chronic offenders” have an average of 54 convictions per offender.”
Overall TOTAL crime reported in Vancouver these days is about the same … or some analysts say … lower than pre-pandemic rates.
BUT violent crimes/attacks are UP … and that’s what’s frightening people … especially in the downtown core/West End/Yaletown.
You can see the stats here: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-violent-crime-assaults-vpd.
And there are almost NO consequences for those who do get arrested and charged.
I put it to you the QUALITY of life in Vancouver and Victoria has been severely damaged by: the lack of action by BC Courts to protect our citizenry; Vancouver City Hall’s pandering to druggies from all over the country, who have destroyed the city’s core; aided and abetted by the provincial government providing millions of dollars to fund homeless/mentally ill housing and social services RIGHT IN THE HEART of the city’s downtown shopping, eating, entertainment district.
How dumb could the BC NDP government and Vancouver’s politicians, bureaucrats and city social planners be????
And the problems are spreading throughout the province.
Last month BC’s mayors, after meeting with Eby in December on the problem … but still seeing NOTHING done, issued an appeal to the NDP government to ACT: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-mayors-call-on-province-to-better-address-chronic-property-crime-offenders-1.5878446.
And what did the government DO?
Delayed any REAL action even longer!
Horgan, Farnworth and Eby appointed two “experts” to study the problem!!
(Read the details of the NDP government’s “kick the can down the road” announcement here: https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/province-launches-investigation-into-stranger-attacks-and-prolific-crime-in-bc-5336027 .)
Despite thousands of private and public officials already being engaged for decades in BC’s crime-fighting, justice, social services, health, drug, mental issues … many of them very highly paid TOP officials who have no doubt already written MANY reports and made DOZENS of recommendations to governments over the years … the NDP appoints TWO MORE to come up with even MORE recommendations.
And the government gave them 120 days to report!
What a joke!
And you’re dreaming if you think the government will even then ACT immediately on many of the “new” recommendations!
First, they will explain, they need time to “study” the experts’ recommendations; then “seek” public/business/professional/social and community groups input/reactions; then “review” those representations; then “prepare” policy actual policy actions; then “introduce” any needed legislative changes; then “refer” those proposals to legislative committee; then “consider” recommended amendments; then “debate” the final version of the Bill; and “pass” it …. ALL before “implementing” any major changes.
That could all take months and months and months.
And don’t be surprised if the “experts” conclude what the BC NDP government already knows: that a lot of the recidivist problems lie with the Courts, the Criminal Code and Supreme Court rulings that impose sentencing restrictions … so Horgan, Farnworth and Eby can delay months more … saying thy must approach/consult/seek legislative changes from the federal government!
Kicking the can down the r4oad …again!
While the trauma and turmoil on BC streets goes on and on and on … and gets worse!
Yes, the provincial announcement was indeed a joke.
But no one in Vancouver (or Victoria) is laughing … except the criminals.
And maybe Horgan, Farnworth and Eby.
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