When Lisa Helps encouraged tent city by announcing to all that the City of Victoria had no legal authority over the courtyard park, she opened a Pandora’s Box. She knew she was blackmailing the province with her public declaration. But she chose to ignore the needs of the majority in order to push her social agenda. The facts are that tent city has no solution.
Understanding why tent city has no solution
Lisa Helps is clueless about the mentality of those she wanted to help. The tenters will not be satisfied until they live better than you and I. That will never happen because their addictions control their lifestyles.
Those addictions will destroy every attempt made to help them. They will convert every effort into a way to support their addictions. Accordingly every available penny and every available resource will be used to feed their addictions.
Addiction is relentless
Have you ever supported a drug habit? I have. I supported my ex-roommate’s addiction for fifteen years. It cost me between $3,000 and $5,000 a month, whatever I could make available. Had I made more available, she would have wasted that on drugs too.
Multiply that by the masses who inhabit tent city and those waiting for a spot to pitch a tent. I can assure you that when a lifestyle is driven by addiction there is never enough money. Without enough money, tent city has no solution.
Every effort to help them will be misused to support their drug habits.
I am not saying every tenter is an addict. I am saying that some ninety percent of them are.
Understanding the tenters
It is undeniable that most of the tenters have at least one drug addiction. Those addictions DEMAND their constant attention. Their addictions come before everything
- Addictions come before dignity
- They come before self respect
- Addictions come before self honesty
- They come before food
- Addictions come before sleep
- They come before housing
- Addictions come before family
Each dollar spent on a community resource to find them housing is going toward addiction. I supported one addict. But your tax dollars are being asked to support hundreds of addicts, not just one.
Worse yet, neither the government, nor you, has any idea how many of those addicts actually have any desire to kick their habits. I tell you again, tent city has no solution.
What will happen to housing?
Look at the now dilapidated, old Travelers Inns that have already been converted into housing for the disadvantaged
Any community housing will be disrespected and unappreciated. It will be converted to a giant crack shack. Then it will be surrounded by crime and rife with drug overdoses. All along though, it will consume community resources that could have gone to helping needy seniors.
It gets worse though. The more who are housed, the more who will come with their demands. There is an almost endless supply of those who do nothing, but who feel entitled to everything.
With addiction comes a desperation that manifests itself in a sense of entitlement. That sense of entitlement is what drives addicts into believing that they don’t have to follow the law. Accordingly, they believe the laws are designed to discriminate against them. Thus they have no regard for laws or rules, let alone your personal rights or the personal rights of anybody else. They only see their addictions.
When rules are imposed, they refuse to follow them. They want to live by their own code. They want to live by a street code which they have developed, a code that forces you to pay for their way in life. It is a code that forces you to tolerate their violence, their open drug use, and their disrespect for public spaces.
Many are proud of their addictions. Others use their drug habits as a way to rebel. Still others find a “sense of community” in joining a movement comprised of other addicts. Precious few really have any desire to get help. They want you to support their habits, but have no interest in getting clean.
They want you to feel sorry for them.
They want your sympathy, but they will not abandon their drugs to earn anything. The tenters want it all because their addictions and Lisa Helps tell them that they are entitled.
They will keep on taking as long as the politically correct in our society rule the agenda.
There are many government programs offering them help and support. Those who sincerely seek help with their addictions will take advantage of those programs. To make these programs easier to get into is a false solution. If they are easy, then the system will not separate those who really want help from those who are only looking to game the system.
What the tenters really want
STOP THE INSANITY
The Downtown Victoria Business Association and Tourism Victoria have finally stepped forward on tent city. These organizations have evidence that tourism is being negatively affected by it. Thus, the cost to you is NOT JUST what the province and city are spending, but also, LOST REVENUES.
Did you know that tour buses no longer go by Christ Church Cathedral because it is next to tent city?
Downtown business owners don’t want their faces shown for fear of retaliation if they speak out
There is no Charter Right guaranteeing a place to live.
The politically correct among us are empowering the tent city movement. They are enabling their addictions by this mass movement to find the tenters housing. Tent city has no solution.
Our courts need to protect the public interests.
Addicts are almost endlessly creative when it comes to supporting their addictions. If they would exercise even a minor fraction of their ingenuity to finding housing:
- there would be no tent city
- businesses downtown would not require extra security
- people would not be moving from their neighborhoods to feel safe
How could citizens not be intimidated when images like this appear on the internet?
As long as the province and the city are willing to pander to the wants of tent city residents, tent city will continue.
As I have told you, I lived for fifteen years among many of those who occupy tent city. Also, I supported my roommate’s drug addiction during those years. During that time, I got to know many of the homeless and addicted. This included thugs like Blair Beaudry and Wyatt Prince. I still count as friends many tent city residents and I know many who have found recovery. Thus, I understand of what I speak. And I’m telling you, tent city has no solution.
Those of them who know me know that I speak the truth and that I do so with respect. When truth becomes disrespect, our lives will be ruled by lies.
The need for tent city is a lie and the need to find housing for all its inhabitants is a sham. It is a sham that will continue until its residents are dispersed.
Tent city has no solution that does not already exist under our laws or under our government services. Disband it!
Let’s talk commonsense
I am a 69 year old
- have worked all my life
- survived 7 heart attacks, 3 strokes, and 2 major cancer surgeries
- could have turned to drugs, but instead, I fought for my survival, and still do
- I also struggled to find housing in my retirement
- Why should the tenters have free entitlement to something for which I had to work all my life?
- Why should the tenters have free entitlement to something for which you or your parents had to work all your life?
I have sympathy for those tenters who have mental issues and need government help. But it is wrong for our tax dollars to be spent supporting drug habit.
- Send in Social Services
- Determine the tenters who have real mental issues
- Help them and arrest the others who refuse to leave
Remember, supporting drug habits is supporting drug dealers.
We are already supporting enough criminals with Lisa Helps’ pot shops
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