Letters: Housing attainable for everyone

Homelessness could be ended if wealth distributed evenly

I was reading in your February 19 (page B8) issue about “Housing ends Homelessness,” and ending it by 2018.

I find this ridiculous and absurd. We could end homelessness now if the Catholic church (profit $170-billion 2013) and the top 10 businesses in excess of $38-trillion — yes trillion dollars decided to do so. Instead it always falls on the taxpayer, by donations to charities. Sure the rich donate too, but only enough to get their exemptions.

We allow ourselves, in these so called “times of economic crisis,” to let politicians, corporations and churches gain financial wealth, while others go without.

Our schools keep receiving cutbacks making our kids the second worst taught in the country. Classes are too big. Teachers (as well as most public employees) are underpaid while government business executives continue to make unrealistic bonuses.

In fact, it would cost around $20-billion to end homelessness — world-wide.

My question is why don’t the governments do it then?

Andrew Ferguson

Sooke

Just Posted

Young cyclist struck near Galloping Goose Trail

Minor injuries reported by police

New Coast Guard ship crashes into Ogden Point breakwater

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

The shores will not rock in 2019

Atomique Productions announce Rock the Shores festival will not return in 2019, future is uncertain

Video shows logging operation on disputed Saturna Island land

Tsawout First Nation members opposed to logging on reserve land

Family still searching for missing Langford man two weeks after disappearance

Family hopeful he is alive, offering $10,000 reward

VIDEO: Keeping the hope alive, 28 years later

Annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive run raised money for Child Find B.C.

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says future assembly deliberations won’t be closed to public

Reversal comes after Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff raised concerns

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read