As I have said before, I never imagined that my hatred of drugs would find me in direct opposition to a mayor and some of those whom he employs. However, after blogging against drugs for several months now that is exactly where I am. That’s because I have watched Stew Young do absolutely nothing to forestall the coming drug debacle in Langford. He has made Langford a critical part of the Vancouver Island drug route.
Langford’s public relations campaign is all lies
Then, after seeing the public relations driven drivel of denials by Mr. Young in the news media and after having read several weak (LAME) responses from Lorne Fletcher, Manager of Community Safety and Municipal Enforcement, to various concerns from citizens about their personal safety and the safety of their families, I find it is time to, once again, break down for Langford City Hall the source of the real problem.
Rent-a-cops and rhetoric will not stop the drug route through Langford
The real problem is that rent-a-cops and rhetoric will not solve the gang issue which is building under Mayor Stew Young’s long tenure. This is an issue which the mayor has facilitated via his failure to understand and fund the RCMP.
Listen up, Stew! I am going to explain the part of the island drug route that leads to the lower island. Then I will pinpoint exactly what is happening and what is to come in Langford because of you and your cohorts willfully ignoring the first duty of government, which is to protect the people.
Please understand that Langford is not at its current point because of some sudden unforeseen event. Instead, it is because of a decade of poor stewardship and neglect by Stew Young.
Listen Carefully Langford. “Your Entire Way Of Life Is About To Change For The Worse. Mayor Stew Young Is Facilitating That Change”
Where The Drugs Come From
The staging point for most drugs on the Vancouver Island drug route is Nanaimo. There are several reasons for this.
- Nanaimo is a port city.
- It has a large population area lying on the main corridor up and down the island. That makes it central to that corridor.
- The drugs there are largely controlled by one group.
- They arrive in Nanaimo via a Vancouver branch, or other branch, of a prominent motorcycle gang.
- These drugs come directly from, or at most, one or two tiers away from the cartels.
- The drugs are then moved on an established drug route up and down the island. They are then redistributed by various gang affiliates of that group. In essence, those affiliates act as sub-warehouses for that Nanaimo group.
For the sake of discussion, I will refer to the main group in Nanaimo as “QUEEN BEE”. I will call the other sub-groups “WORKER BEES”.
QUEEN BEE controls the drug trade on Vancouver Island and throughout much of Canada. It does so through the use of intimidation and violence.
So any gang which brings in their own drugs and/or begins to deal to any significant level does so at risk of reprisal from QUEEN BEE. Despite that, there are several gangs that have sprung up over the last decade that will challenge QUEEN BEE for any given territory. I will call any such gangs “SKUNKS”, which in the wild, happen to be natural enemies of bees.
There are enough SKUNKS that they fight among themselves for control of a particular territory. The result of this is that home invasions, drive-by shootings and murders take place far more frequently in any targeted territory.
QUEEN BEE carefully cultivates its image as it does not like to be seen by the public as a bad guy. Accordingly, it uses WORKER BEES, operating under names not affiliated with QUEEN BEE, to handle its sub-warehouses and distribute its dope from those sub-warehouses. Also, realize that QUEEN BEE is very ruthless. Accordingly, when QUEEN BEE sees one of its territories being invaded by the SKUNKS, QUEEN BEE makes a strong move to defend that territory and re-secure absolute control of it.
QUEEN BEE Has Two Primary Ways Of Dealing With Such Situations; Both Involve Violence
QUEEN BEE can look to its WORKER BEES to re-establish its absolute dominance in that territory. Thus, QUEEN BEE might direct a group of its successful WORKER BEES from another territory to expand into the territory being fought over by the SKUNKS. Alternatively, if QUEEN BEE sees a particular group of SKUNKS taking care of its business in what it considers “an impressive manner” (quickly, violently & ruthlessly), QUEEN BEE might offer that particular group of SKUNKS the opportunity to become WORKER BEES for QUEEN BEE. If that merger is agreed to and completed, that former group of SKUNKS then falls under the direction and the protection of QUEEN BEE.
Still, there are some groups of SKUNKS, who because of their size and numbers in other territories, will never be asked to join with QUEEN BEE. Moreover, because some of these groups of SKUNKS are so dominant in other territories, they have the ability to fight QUEEN BEE and each other for years. With that ability to continue the fight, comes an attitude that will not allow them to back down from other SKUNKS or from QUEEN BEE. Those more hardened groups of SKUNKS, along with other groups, are scrambling to establish footholds in Langford. However, QUEEN BEE is actively engaged in bringing WORKER BEES to Langford to deal with them.
Ethnicity Based SKUNKS
Among those hardened and organized SKUNKS you will find the various gangs based on ethnicity. There are the East Indian gangs who are renowned for fighting between themselves. Then there are white supremacist gangs who accept no outside races. Of course there are the “all inclusive” gangs. They accept any race or ethnicity as long as the member has good criminal bona fides. Finally, there are the Asian gangs who tend to specialize in DIAL-A-DOPER operations.
The reason behind all this fighting is drug profits. The result of all this fighting is absolute chaos. This is what has been happening for years in Surrey. City government there unwisely put expansion ahead of the safety of its citizens. Stew Young is doing the same thing in Langford. He is allowing gangs to gain a foothold by hiring rent-a-cops and by absolutely refusing to hire more RCMP.
The Larger The Foothold That Gangs Are Allowed To Establish And The Deeper They Are Allowed To Insinuate Themselves Into The Community, The More Difficult And Expensive It Will Be To Police Them. That Is If And When Stew Young Ever Focuses On Reality Over Development
Proactive Policing Kept These Gangs Out Of Victoria & Saanich And Continues To Do So
Now you understand the drug route and gang warfare. You need to realize that Victoria, and/or Saanich, were the initial points of interest in which QUEEN BEE. It wished to establish its sub-warehouse structure in those cities. They are closer to the largest population base on the island.
However, proactive police work and an active police intelligence unit, along with other police resources such as canine units and strike teams prevented QUEEN BEE, WORKER BEES or any SKUNKS from gaining a foothold. So instead, QUEEN BEE and the SKUNKS simply reversed their strategy and targeted Langford.
With the gang invasion of Victoria and Saanich unsuccessful, and with the shift in strategies, all those gangs began to establish their presence in Langford, a much less defended area because of the lack of police resources. Those gangs have now grown to the point that Langford is beginning to see the results of debt collections and the turf wars. The news media now constantly carries drug related stories. There are stabbings of drug dealers, home invasions, shots fired in random locations and even stash houses springing up in family neighborhoods.
Stew Young’s Policies Have Created, And Continue To Promote These Gang Opportunities and Langford as a key point on the drug route
So, with Stew Young’s desire to develop rather than protect, Langford was recognized as a “soft target”. Now Langford is becoming the sub-warehouse for QUEEN BEE and the WORKER BEES. Additionally, it is the desired hub for any organized and ambitious gangs among the SKUNKS who want to control the lower island. As a result, the violence that accompanies this competition for drug profits is beginning to show up.
I cannot tell you over what period of time or exactly when the crime in Langford will become virtually unmanageable. But I can tell you, without a properly funded RCMP, that the progression of these skirmishes will be that they morph into fights. Then they will turn into full fledged wars. The result will be that Langford turns into the Surrey of Vancouver Island. It will become unmanageable from a police perspective just as Surrey is and just as Nanaimo will soon be.
More Dope, More Weapons, More Addicts
Because of the large quantity of dope maintained by WORKER BEES and SKUNKS, there comes a certain paranoia from the sub-warehouse keepers. This means they will arm themselves to protect against their stash houses being robbed. As well, with the greater availability of dope will come a proliferation of street addicts and the petty crimes that accompany drugs.
It’s a very simple formula. The more drugs there are, the more violence there will be and the more addicts there will be.
You see it all unfolding in the newspapers. Thirteen year old boys are getting robbed in parks. Women are being attacked on running trails. There are more “break and enters” and home invasions. The seeds of gang warfare are being planted right now in Langford and Stew wants to fight it with Bylaw Officers, with rent-a-cops and with rhetoric.
A couple of concerned Langford citizens sent me a link which explains that in 2013 Victoria spent about $450 dollars annually, per citizen, on police, whereas Langford spent a paltry $155 dollars annually, per citizen, on police. Remember, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and Stew, through his lack of proper funding for the RCMP, is making Langford the weakest link, by far, in the “law enforcement chain” on the lower island.
Other Communities Should Be Outraged
Stew Young Is Making Langford A Dangerous And Expensive Neighbor To All Lower Victoria Island Communities
The result of Stew’s lack of funding is that gangs (WORKER BEES & SKUNKS) are setting up in Langford. The lack of funding by Stew is also having a deleterious effect on the other communities adjacent to Langford and those communities south of Langford. This is because the “Base of Operations” afforded to gangs in Langford makes Langford “ground zero” for gangs to setup sub-warehouses, whose keepers then spread their dope and crime to those adjacent communities and to those more southern, lower island communities.
Thus, in essence, Stew is shuffling off his responsibility to fund police and forcing those other communities to hire more police to offset the crime that Stew is exporting to their municipalities, while Stew uses the money that Langford saves on police services to fund even more irresponsible development.
Langford’s RCMP is already understaffed as far as boots on the ground, per capita go. That being the case, realize that with each expansion by Stew Young, as he refuses to hire more RCMP, the dismally low “ratio of police to residents” becomes even more pronounced and the residents and neighborhoods become progressively more at risk.
All This Is Making Langford The “Go To” Destination For Drugs
With the wide availability of sizable quantities of dope in Langford, MID-LEVEL DEALERS come to Langford from those other communities and then head home with their dope to set up street dealers underneath them, with those street dealers then setting up small time user-dealers to spread their dope within their communities. It is by this means that Stew is making Langford a policing headache for all surrounding communities as the poison he allows to be warehoused in Langford spreads like a disease throughout the lower island.
Dope Dealers Love Stew Young
From the perspective of QUEEN BEE, the WORKER BEES and the SKUNKS, this is an ideal situation. They can warehouse their larger quantities of dope in one of the least policed communities on the lower island. This means less risk of arrest and less risk of loss of product.
As the fight for drug profits grow, the level of paranoia to protect those profits will also grow. Then a matching level of violence will accompany that growth. Additionally, different SKUNKS will begin to try to enforce ownership of territories. Again, you see this in Surrey and the lower mainland.
Now, understand the word “territory”. While it sounds like a large patch of real estate, and indeed often is, it can also be an area as small as a street corner or a city block. A territory is as big or as small as the ability of any SKUNKS or WORKER BEES to control it. This is from where the street violence will come if Stew continues building his empire instead of protecting your families.
So, Under Stew’s Young’s Watch, You Have:
- a critically underfunded police force that has allowed Langford to become an integral part of the drug route
- crime up 16% in the West Shore
- thirteen year old kids getting targeted to rob for drugs (Why are drugs in Langford’s school?)
- a growing gang presence with their need to protect stash houses hidden in your family neighborhoods,
- escalating street violence
- the even greater street violence that is sure to come as QUEEN BEE directs WORKER BEES to fight with SKUNKS over territories
- women not being safe in Langford’s parks
Enter The DIAL-A-DOPERS
It gets worse though. Into this mix of territorial fighting come the DIAL-A-DOPERS. They recognize no territories. Instead they hope to dart in and out of territories while driving nondescript cars. In doing so they seek to hide their presence from the gangs and police as well.
Well organized DIAL-A-DOPERS operations can make substantial profits. They can also be difficult to shut down as these interlopers employ several tactics to avoid being caught. They constantly change cars and use throw away cell phones. Additionally, they move their headquarters from apartment to apartment and from house to house in order to hide themselves. A bigger problem is that many of those apartments and houses are in family neighborhoods.
Living in a nice area might not be a protection
If you live in a nice building or a nice area and there is a drug user living in your building or in proximity to you who seems to be managing his/her habit, which their probably is, the odds are that the drug user is being serviced by a DIAL-A-DOPERS operation. The odds are also that the addict’s habit will soon become unmanageable. That is the nature of dope habits. Because of that there will eventually be a problem in your nice safe neighborhood.
DIAL-A-DOPERS are the natural enemies of WORKER BEES and SKUNKS. The dial-a-dopers cut into the profits of both. Because of this they create a risk of violent retaliation by WORKER BEES or SKUNKS. This creates another risk to the public.
The Victoria To Langford Drug Run
There is still a further problem. Most of the dope handled by the WORKER BEES, the SKUNKS and the MID-LEVEL DEALERS who run back and forth from Langford to their communities is “fronted” dope, dope that has not yet been paid for, with those WORKER BEES, SKUNKS and MID-LEVEL DEALERS relying on profits from the sale of that dope to pay off the debt. Does that sound anything like Stew Young’s investment in Bear Mountain and the “Bridge to Nowhere”?
WORKER BEES, SKUNKS and MID-LEVEL DEALERS are expected to pay for their fronted dope on a timely basis. A problem in paying can come because a SKUNK was robbed, was busted by the cops, or relied on the wrong MID-LEVEL DEALERS to sell their dope. In the case of being robbed or being busted by the cops, the WORKER BEES and SKUNKS will always become paranoid as to who might have “ratted” their operation. Then violence and home invasions will ensue because QUEEN BEE doesn’t care who gets hurts. QUEEN BEE just wants whatever money is owed, without excuses.
In the case of MID-LEVEL DEALERS screw ups, the same violence and home invasions will occur because the WORKER BEES and SKUNKS need to pay their debts to QUEEN BEE or to their own higher ups, so they don’t care either. They just want their money, or else.
Violence and home invasions will always be part of the drug business. That’s because the drug business can never run smoothly for an extended period of time due to law enforcement, gang warfare and those criminals who make a living out of robbing drug dealers.
All of the above is taking place all across Canada. It happens fom Moncton to Montreal, from Surrey to Saskatoon, from the far north to the far south and from east to west. This is the ugly reality which Stew Young is allowing to take root and grow in Langford by funding development instead of funding the RCMP.
Looking at the funding per capita for police in Victoria versus Langford, $450 versus $155:
- Is Stew not telling you that a Victoria resident is three times as valuable as a Langford resident?
- Is Stew not telling you that a Victoria neighborhood is three times as valuable as a Langford neighborhood?
- What about it Stew? Are you not screaming that development is more important than the safety of your constituents’ families?
All You Get From Stew Young Is More Public Relations Blah, Blah, Blah
- “I can’t stress how important it is for our residents and visitors to always report any incident that may leave us in fear for our safety”. //[Please explain what good can come from all these reports when there are not a sufficient number of RCMP to investigate those incidents.]
- “Please don’t discount the value of the City providing patrols by Security. They have proven to be key in taking information or concerns from the people they meet in these public places and quickly pass those concerns or information along”. //[Is passing the information along going to make the rape any less traumatic or repair the broken bones that just occurred?]
- “As I mentioned, we rely on these reports to work on solutions and to strengthen public safety“. //[Indeed you do which is what makes your efforts so pathetic, because you should rely on the RCMP instead. You don’t need these crime reports to work on the solutions. The solution is simple. ‘Hire more RCMP‘. Why should Langford’s per capita police budget be one third of Victoria’s when Langford’s criminal activity is growing at such an alarming rate?]
- “I appreciate getting any feedback you can offer”. //[We have given you lots of feedback. We would now appreciate immediately getting more RCMP rather than just more blah, blah, blah.]
If Stew Young Won’t Immediately Fund More Police, His Ego To Build A Tribute To Himself By Creating “Stewville” Makes Him, Not Just Reckless, But Dangerous And He Needs To Be Gone, A.S.A.P.
You need to take control. This will not happen though unless and until you demand actions instead of words. It will not happen until you refuse to be pushed around by Stew’s political machine. And it will not happen until your friends and neighbors understand what is happening and resolve to do something about it.
Please allow me to remind you of Stew Young’s arrogant quote:
Here is that Stew Young quote: “This isn’t a threat. I’m just saying if you criticize development, then I’ll use whatever resources there are under the law to shut you up.”
Mayor Young, I stand in the way of development, so shut me up if you can. I will just tell you now that I will not be “shut up” until you start putting families’ safety ahead of development. Pull your head out of the clouds; forget your ego, forget Stewville, and fund the RCMP to beat the violence and drugs in your city/fifedom.
Call Stew Young Out. Challenge Him At Every Juncture
Tell Stew that you are a voter and that you stand in the way of development at the cost of safety; make him show his colors; make him bring legal action against his constituents to shut them up, as he threatened.
Who Do You Think Are Stew Young’s Most Ardent Supporters?
- For whom do you think the gangsters and dope dealers will vote?
- For whom do you think the developers will vote?
- Do you want to vote with the gangsters and dope dealers?
As I said before, “Stew and Company” have been in power a long time. Without making any allegation(s), I will just remind you of what Friedrich Nietzsche said. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
There is a simple solution, these people either do as you demand or they find another job. The City of Langford needs to stop telling you what you want and to start listening to you instead.
Langford Needs More RCMP, Many More. It Can No Longer Be Forced To Bear The Safety Costs Of Stew Young’s Reckless Expansion Programs
What is needed is for the RCMP in Langford to have its own Canine Team and Strike Force. Stew Young needs to take money from his development budget and fund the RCMP to a degree that allows it to also form its own “Intelligence Unit”. Then it can focus on curing the disease. Langford doesn’t need more rent-a-cops to cruise around with radios reporting on symptoms as Stew Young and Lorne Fletcher suggest.
Send The News Media A Message
Tell the newspapers and the television stations that you are tired of powder puff interviews with Stew Young and unchallenged comments by Stew Young. Tell the news media that they need to ask the tough questions. They need to act like journalists instead of like extensions of Stew Young’s public relations machine. There are a few small newspapers out there printing your concerns in their “Letters to the Editor” section. However, by and large, you are being ignored by the mainstream media. Inundate those who are ignoring you with demands to be recognized.
Here Is How To Send “Stew Young And Company” A Message
City of Langford Feedback Form
Included with this post is a link to the City of Gangford feedback form provided by a reader and concerned resident.
Please click the link and please send your thoughts to the city. If you get a response from the city, please share it with me so I can alert everyone as to any “blah, blah, blah” content produced by Stew Young’s public relations machine. Also, please share this blog posting and link with others.
Please use the Times Colonist link, above, to contact the Times Colonist, and please use the share buttons below, as well as talk to your friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Let’s take back the reins of power from Stew Young; let’s put an end to the rape of Langford, and let’s put an end to the building of Stewville.