Discontent City tents in Nanaimo after nightfall. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enough is enough at Discontent City

I cannot believe that the people of Discontent City even get to have a say, says letter writer

To the editor,

I could not believe that the people of Discontent City, who are squatting on city land, also they pay no taxes, even have a say. They got a reprieve by law courts. Why? The number of tents increases.

First of all, this is where tourists that come off of cruise ships. Passengers will see those people at Discontent City. I hope no one is harassed or robbed by panhandlers who get pushy and aggressive at times. The ships will quit coming to Nanaimo.

Most of the people at Discontent City are transients, druggies or have mental illness. It has increased crime in the downtown area. Stealing, break-and-enters of cars and homes and businesses. Lots of these people are known to police.

They should find out where everyone is from. Two years ago Alberta sent two young men from B.C. with a bus ticket back to Victoria. Do the same to those not from here.

Only a very few of these people would straighten up and go into housing. The rest could have the option to live in a campground type setup, which would be fenced for security reasons. Tent sites could have a wooden roof for each site for year-round living. Showers, storage, cooking facilities, information centre, security guards. Rather than millions upon millions for housing.

I am sorry, but enough is enough.

Dan Williams, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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