By Letter to the Editor on October 28, 2020.
Wake up, Lethbridge … the snake oil salesmen from the SCS continue to spew lies to sway public opinion and gain support and funds after our city bluntly said we do not want you here!
The ex-SCS band continue to spew misinformation, stating we “need” this site because the numbers have dramatically increased due to lack of services. In fact, almost all of the overdoses were before the closure of the SCS!
Just as they misled the public, they now run an “illegal” site, spitting in the faces of the community that do not want it, all while applying for a legal licence to run their illegal site.
They should be charged for all the disinformation they spread when open! They said just prior to the Alberta government audit they were seeing almost 800 people per day, but just weeks later under AHS eyes, they were only seeing 130 people per day! You all know the reason for the disinformation. Where are the funds?
This council has done nothing to shut this down … no surprise! LPS stands back and allows users to shoot up, even though this tent has no exemption licence to allow such activity. Police continue to fail our citizens!
The SCS was a party palace, like a nightclub, only open 24/7. The entrance fee, not money, just do drugs! The word got out how much fun it was with music, rec room, pizza, Timmies, etc. and it attracted innocent souls from nearby communities who soon ended up on the streets in the perpetual machine that slowly killed them, if not by overdose, by related diseases.
Young people who had dreams of love, families now on the streets dying with no hope!
Your son who goes to college is not going to go to a SCS across town to try drugs! You are dreaming! Seventy per cent of fatal overdoses are where the person lives! Effective treatment is the only way to stop this!
Vancouver DTES, 20,000 people where the first site opened in 2003, has pumped billions into the problem, without stopping it!
Imagine how much success they would have had if those billions were put into effective drug and mental-health treatment programs!