February 22nd, 2020

Closing SCS is key to a healthier community


By Letter to the Editor on February 12, 2020.

In response to the letter to the editor regarding the health-care workers providing services for the SCS, which noted, “We strive to improve continuously and adopt service delivery towards a healthier community…” and “… most importantly, hear the powerful stories of the clients we serve.”

As a practising registered nurse in the community for the last 30 years, I am thrilled to have heard the announcing of the potential closure of this site. Here is my “powerful story.”

Since the opening of the SCS, the crime rate in Lethbridge is escalating drastically. Utilizing Statistics Canada, Lethbridge is now ranked the 15th most dangerous place nationally, which is increased from 19th last year.

My sons have found bullets in the meighbouring school yard. Children have been lured by strangers, and sustained needle-prick injuries from used needles in school grounds and parks. Criminals have broken into residences and businesses. There has been theft of property, car thefts, assaults with weapons. Drug paraphernalia has been found outside of health-care facilities housing seniors, the vulnerable sector. Children and seniors are being subjected to drug users “high” on the streets. Three drug houses have been busted in my neighbourhood. Three. I do not understand how you view this as a “healthier community.”

Since when has it become morally or ethically acceptable for citizens to be exposed to this unacceptable behaviour, and be victimized by drug-related crimes that we are enabling with an ironically “supervised consumption site” which provides “party packs” of needles to promote the use of illegal street drugs?

It was noted in 2019 the provincial government committed to $140 million towards the drug crisis. Let’s not forget about the cost of health-care dollars to staff the SCS, purchase of needles, the cost of multiple quantities of naloxone, and emergency services. $140 million would be much better utilized for health-care initiatives and increasing hospital beds, health-care services, specialized services, and “party packs” of insulin needles for diabetics who cannot afford their supplies, thus working “collaboratively with valued community partners towards a healthier community.”

Senior citizens of this community have contributed throughout their lives towards a vibrant city. Closing the SCS will promote a “healthier community” and a sense of well-being for many citizens.

In the meantime, welcome to Lethbridge, the city of darkness.

Charlotte George

Lethbridge

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21 Responses to “Closing SCS is key to a healthier community”

  1. johnny57 says:

    Great letter Charlotte! Maybe that’s what we need is more accomplished professionals like yourself speaking-out about this nightmare in our city. I drive for a living and hear the stories all the time about what goes on around that hellish site and what it spawns in our once nice little city. We can only hope that Kenny defunds it yesterday. Hopefully the powers to be locally pull their Liberal heads out of the sand. Lets not forget which government with their twisted victimhood ideology brought this toxic-clown show to Lethbridge.

  2. Dennis Bremner says:

    I have warned about the third year of an SCS existence for almost a year now. By November this year we will reach 2% of Lethbridge population in addicts. With that comes BIG CITY gang activity. I mentioned that we will see Edmonton/Calgary trying to keep control and Toronto Vancouver trying to muscle in on the city of Lethbridge because its just to lucrative. Of course the “street queen” who insists she feels safe walking Lethbridge downtown at night, the Fedup Conservative who always finds Klein is somehow responsible for everything, and the “NDP” who pat themselves on being humanitarians and have saddled us with this mess, now get a front row seat to the next stage of this NDP organized fiasco!

    A big shout out goes to the Mayor and Council for not understanding what they are doing. The past Police Chief who just could not figure out how to deal with 300 addicts so decided to let them fluorish as he left the Province. The speed in which our amazing NDP reps Shannon Phillips, and our past NDP rep Fitzpatrick volunteered Lethbridge for this organized destruction. Of course congratulations has to be given to Bourque and Manning of the SCS for the absolute “best play of Lethbidge’s history”, setting up a facility funded by taxpayer money and knowing it would destroy the area its in. It would be remiss not to mention that its SO successful that Bourque and Manning are now the largest employer in downtown, and raking in the money at the expense of all the Residents of Lethbridge. I am thoroughly surprised City Council has not given them some sort of award for the amazing achievement of “Largest Employer”? Soon expansion will not be an issue because of the numerous empty buildings created by this great piece of “gotta save them” at any cost declaration!

    Year 3 as I have pointed out, is the year the big boys start muscling in. I quote

    ” Information obtained by investigators alleges a verbal dispute surrounding the ilicit drug trade occurred between the victim and the accused, resulting in the victim being fatally shot.”

    I also quote, the most important part, which most will gloss over and NOT understand the implications

    Dhiblawe has also been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a homicide in Edmonton on February 8, 2020, and is wanted by Edmonton Police Service on a Canada-wide warrant.

    So a guy from Toronto goes to Edmonton and kills someone, then comes to Lethbridge and kills some one else?

    The Lethbridge person was in a dispute over drugs? Hmmmm maybe his position in the drug trade? Maybe his boss in Edmonton thought he had a position too?

    And so, ladies and gents, it begins! Welcome to big city gangs, and big city crime. You have just witnessed Lethbridge’s first “Hitman” we should all be thrilled! We have “arrived to the big leagues”! My guess…we record 6 deaths this year because of the various gangs that think they are the boss and really really really aren’t! This will put Lethbridge guided by Mr. Mayor and his entourage of the clueless, as number 1 on a list they really do not want to address. Meanwhile the people that actually suffer through this stupidity, Lethbridge Police and the Residents of Lethbridge appear to have absolutely no say in this “NDP driven plan” or a say in the “future of Lethbridge”!

    https://lethbridgeherald.com/news/lethbridge-news/2020/02/11/police-issue-canada-wide-warrant-in-relation-to-westside-shooting/

  3. Citi Zen says:

    Charlotte, please forward your letter to your MLA and the Premier. They need to hear this, not the rhetoric handed them by the mayor and council and staff at the SCS.

  4. Dennis Bremner says:

    Charlotte George I thank you for coming forward and saying what had to be said. Far too many people in this City think because its being done and sanctioned by Professionals, its the right thing to do. There is far to much proof out there to say otherwise, the continual defense of this stupidity has a history of 50 years and the same argument by the Religious Nutbars in Society or the economically driven is used Day in Day out to try to subdue any rational thinking. It becomes the “killers vs saving lives” argument over and over again, the louder they shout “saving lives”, the more money politicians throw at it and, if they don’t have enough money, the politician then is a killer.

  5. ewingbt says:

    Well said Charlotte George . . . Well said! My great grandfather was James Sheran, senior, who came to Lethbridge in 1880’s to run the mine after Nick Sheran drowned. My other grandfather was one of the first horse drawn ambulance drivers and part of the original members of the original 25th artillery in this city.

    Like many whose relatives helped build this city, we stand dismayed! Our relatives are rolling in their graves wondering how, in just 5 years, we could destroy this city’s reputation internationally, and allow a small group to take over and run rampid in this city, with very little being done!

    The feds, the province, and our Council are all to blame! There are laws that could have been put in place, bylaws for that matter, but there was a failure on all levels!

    Our Council and Chief Davis failed us miserably, and failed to listen to the pleas of it’s citizens and especially the business owners.

    Many of those on Council still will not acknowledge they made a mistake, but still stand firm saying the SCS is good for the community! Over 80% of the clientele are FN . . . are they going to come back on us and accuse us of genocide for slowly killing all their people at the SCS!

    Here is a question . . . if these addicted people were all caucasions, would be allowing them to slowly kill themselves and turn their brains into Swiss Cheese, sell their bodies on the streets to pay for their drugs, etc., . . . or would we be putting the $5.3 million paid in wages to the SCS annually into treatment for them! I didn’t want to open that door, but it has to be said! Our city has been pumping millions into FN supports and ripple effects, making decisions that are for small special interest groups, instead for the citizens as a whole, ignoring citizen concerns.

    Bottom line . . . we need a major change of Council, including the Mayor . . . it appears there are only 3-4 members that are making any reasonable decisions for the citizens as a whole!

    We need an election!!!

  6. Resolute says:

    I and my friends support you RN Charlotte George. We have written, walked, signed, talked, applied to governments for the SDCS approval documents via their secrecy portals and….watched this lunacy continue at Club Spearman. All responsible agencies fear the frenzied left and their lawyers – our LPS refuses to enforce drug laws or report SDCS crime data, City & AHS refuse to enforce safe biohazards rules, SCAN has been ordered to stand down or face career consequences, ARCHES refuses to adhere to their HIV/HepC mandate or provide accurate 3rd Party statistics on their drug consumption operation. Et… cetra. Lethbridge is dying. The latest advice from the hallowed City Hall is wait for the Alberta Budget. So come on February 27! And Lethbridge 2021 election! 6 new Councillors and 1 new Mayor!

  7. Fescue says:

    Long on evidence-free hysteria; short on compassion and meaningful solution.

    Oh, Toto. How I long to be back in Kansas …

  8. biff says:

    fes – 🙂
    this letter is from the writer of another that found it egregious that she should be ticketed for parking her car in a no parking area in a school zone. she also forgot to note the increase in zombies, terrorists – and most of all, collective ignorance and hysteria. bullets in the park?! nice – and, if this is true, do we know they were from scs users? perhaps they were left over from gangland turf wars which are happening all around, only the news is not reporting this in the hope lack of exposure will make it all go away? perhaps i need to get out more, maybe even risk a parking ticket in a no parking school zone, and get up close and personal to see how many needles and bullets i can find in a school yard. how many and how often would i find this in a park? how many of the hysterical have found a needle or bullet themselves? i bet all of you have heard from someone who heard from someone that needles and bullets have been found everywhere.
    yes, let us work to reduce – drastically, if possible – the numbers of people turning to lethbridge with addictions; let us increase, drastically, the support available to help addicts – and the homeless – turn their lives around and be able to contribute, support themselves, and live a far less harsh existence as may be possible – but on a case by case basis of individual readiness; we are not a fascist nation (sorry ucp and religious right and self righteous self proclaimed superior exemplars of living), so we do not force them to jail for not agreeing to addictions therapy. however, while we do apply the law when one’s actions infringe on the rights of another, we do not apply unjust laws around possessing and using drugs.
    let us also acknowledge there is a fallout to the community due the increasing numbers of people in distress, as their lives can and sometimes do impact the lives of others. we need help, and lots of it, from the provincial level. we need supporting services additional to the scs. we also need to set up scs and supporting services in numerous regions in alberta in order to serve regional needs, and in order to serve those in need closer to their community. perhaps we all may agree it is not acceptable that lethbridge be the sole or a primary ground zero for too much of the province’s social woes.

  9. Dennis Bremner says:

    biff- why not provide buses so we can shuttle all the addicts in Southern Alberta to Lethbridge? Seems to me you are joining the non thinkers at this point. The bottom line is SCS waiting for the other 3 pillars is a city killer. By the time you get the other 3 pillars, there is nothing left. There is 640,000 people in Vancouver proper, they have 6000 addicts. That is 1% of their population. We are approaching 2% because of TOTAL stupidity and years before the other pillars appear, if they do! So no matter how caring, wanting to help etc you are, when you start wrong…..you are WRONG and guarantee the death of your downtown and the need for higher security. This is not fake info like the stuff SCS puts out, this is real life and man, you ain’t going to like your real life if this keeps going. SHUT THE SCS DOWN NOW and get a Chief of Police that ensures a lack of enjoyment when high! Or, goodbye Lethbridge Downtown, its over! We have less than 2 months left, or we are done like dinner!

  10. biff says:

    dennis – your opening rhetorical question to my entry is well off base. please reread my entry. i am stating lethbridge not be the hub for all nor even most alberta’s burdened, but i also state we have a role to play. i have acknowledged we need further supports – 3 more pillars – numerous times already. mostly, though, we need a far more regional/community based system in place so as to ease our burden considerably.
    let us play out shutting the scs – no scs anywhere. what then? the problem with addictions is solved? we will be back to where we were when we already had a big problem, and the scs emerged as a hopeful solution. agreed, it has not been enough of a solution, and because it stands alone without enough support and planning, it is only providing service to reduce overdoses and centralise use and needles…moreso than if there was no scs. my suggestions above, i feel, will improve upon the reality. and, if the feds will let go of the unjust and inhumane war on drugs approach, and furthermore, give out free opium to addicts, and we will experience less fallout from, and a less expensive approach to, an issue that will not go away should we round up every addict and (unjustly/illegally) throw them in jails (that do not exist to meet such a demand, leading to more cost). opium is cheap were it sourced legally rather than from cartels (the poorest societies on the planet have afforded opium…many in canada used to grow it backyards, easy and free), it has a far lower addiction rate than heroin, and far less an addiction rate again than synthetic “opioids”, which are the current scourge and poison. meth can also be given free and far more cheaply than the fallout related to crime needed to support the habit. given free drugs, addicts will not be stealing to support a habit.
    addictions numbers are growing – why? we need to get at the root, whatever it may be. until we do, we cannot build jails fast enough, nor can we afford them, as a so-called solution; we will be building them ad nauseum into a forever future. what is the other solution – shoot them, run ’em outta town like we live in a western movie?

  11. Dennis Bremner says:

    biff, you still are not getting the point. When you start wrong, you are wrong, there is no correcting this mess. There is no salvaging this wrong. 3 pillars will do nothing from this point forward, you have created a lawless city, with the Lethbridge Police running around putting out a 1000 small fires, while the forest burns unchecked. What the cloistered do not understand, is when bad guys get to be bad and be bad a lot….it takes a herculean effort to bring a city back, there will be feeble effort at best and the influx of addicts will keep the small fires burning ( and LAPS totally occupied) for at least two more years, meanwhile the forest burns larger and larger.
    Its either go back to square one, or burn!

  12. ewingbt says:

    @ Fescue . . . you will be back in Kansas once the next election shows you how Lethbridge residents really feel . . . I hope you have another job lined up . . . Kansas is waiting on you!!!

    @ biff . . . you treat the addicts with effective treatment programs, not these sweat lodge 90 days programs that fail! Treat them.
    Our great PM has decided to put SCS’s in jails, so why sent them to jail, when they won’t be rehabilitated, but come out with an addiction that needs to be paid for by crime, because who will hire and addict who just got our of jail????
    Our potheaded PM really thought that one out . . . !!!!

    • Fescue says:

      I thought putting everybody in jail was Seth’s idea? Now, don’t get Seth all wound up, Barrie, by calling him a pothead.

      And the results of the next election will cause little change until the other treatment pillars are implemented, as biff has well expressed. I bet, though, that the next election will attract some more single-issue reactionaries to run for Council and share their bigoted views.

  13. Seth Anthony says:

    Count on Fescue to lie by omission to suit her bias. She demands rationality on the matter, yet projects the persona of an angry child.

  14. HaroldP says:

    Remember folks, “Biff” and “Fescue” are the same person!8′

  15. biff says:

    harold – here is the news flash: neither fes nor biff actually exist.

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