LETTERS: Lack of action on Sooke homelessness

Re: Lack of shelter leaves homesless out in the cold (News, Dec. 5)

When are we going to have people understand that there are always consequences for any actions?

The Sooke Shelter Society is asking residents to open their doors and allow some of the community’s less fortunate during the cold weather period.

But with this there are some rules: no drugs, no alcohol, bags and belongings are checked in and secured and you have to stay inside during the night. I don’t know what discussions were held in regards to smokers, but I imagine this was also discussed.

Some very basic rules that many, if not all Sooke residents, would not find intrusive and be more than acceptable for anyone needing help.

But not according to Sherry Thompson. She says there’s a “stigma that many homeless face.” I agree there’s a stigma, and that stigma can only change by all working together not just one side giving and others receiving.

For our mayor to say: “This situation is really unacceptable. We’re better than this. We need to work together as a community to provide something for those in need in a community as wonderful as Sooke.”

Great comments from the mayor, but like all, we live by the rules and there are always consequences for any action. Or in this case the lack of action taken.

Murray Lambert

Sooke

Just Posted

Designs for Johnson Street Bridge waterfront areas hit delays

Upgrades to the Songhees Park, surrounding area being presented Thursday

Saanich’s 20-year-old acting mayor encourages other young people get involved in politics

There is a ‘hunger for young voices’ in politics right now

Personal health scare inspires Sidney’s newest gym

Arne Jackson said the scare was a ‘wake-up call’

Victoria’s Belfry Theatre hosts its first ‘relaxed performance’ for a diverse audience

Performance of Every Brilliant Thing is first to pilot the option

Abortions rights advocates urge Liberals to turn politics into policy

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was pressed to clarify his stance abortion over several weeks

12 Sooke events to get you into the holiday spirit

From a Santa parade to classicial music, Sooke has it all

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Most Read