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Victoria is facing a public-safety crisis


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Consider what other issues are dealt with in the same manner: global warming, cost of fighters and ships both come to mind
That’s my point exactly.

Imagine how different society would be if the mainstream media that is presenting ‘news’ had to verify its accuracy prior to airing it to the public, by law.

Sure, opinion pieces would obviously be allowed, and they could say whatever they wanted without fear of penalty. Freedom of speech & freedom of the press would obviously still exist.

They could question events or put their own twist on interpreting what events mean, but the actual ‘news’ had to be factual as best the outlet could determine, by law.

Bullet form, no bulls**t.

Imagine if the media had to include a link to the full, unedited source video that they take their 5 second clips from?

What would we think of our political leaders, global warming, racism, a pandemic, or military conflicts?

I’m guessing society as a whole would get along better, with less friction & fewer neighbours divided on issues, I.e. Covid


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& fewer neighbours divided on issues, I.e. Covid

I am blessed with good neighbors.

Biggest Covid news was it forced the local McDonald's to shut down.

Now, they are back to debating the pros and cons of installing a sidewalk. That, and not changing the zoning regulations.
Tradition, unimpeded by progress.

Lawn maintenance and property values are always popular topics of conversation.

Whatever their Covid opinions are, unless they went to medical school, I don't really GAF. :)

Fortunately, most seem ok with the local Dept. of Public Health guidelines.


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Victoria boy makes it into the international news... for all the wrong reasons:

Man saved by Coast Guard accused of stealing boat, leaving fish at 'Goonies' house​

He was released around 3:30 p.m., as authorities at that time did not know the boat was stolen.

Police were notified around 4 p.m. that the boat had been stolen from the Astoria Port.

Police found Labonte at a warming shelter in Seaside, where he had used a fake name. They arrested him at around 7:30 p.m.

Officers had been looking for him since Wednesday, when an acquaintance alerted them to a video he had posted on social media of himself leaving the fish at the Goonies house and then dancing around the property, said Astoria Police Chief Stacy Kelly.

Police said Labonte has five outstanding warrants in Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria police are sending officers to Oregon to question him.

The rescue swimmer, Petty Officer 1st Class Branch Walton, of Greenville, South Carolina, only recently graduated from the Coast Guard's rescue swimmer program.

Walton said in an interview Friday that he planned to reach the man, get him in the water and hook him to a cable attached to the helicopter. Instead, the wave hit.

“I kind of got thrown around a little bit by the wave. When I came up I noticed the boat was pretty much in shambles," Walton said.

He directed the helicopter to bring him to Labonte after spotting him in the surf a short distance away. The force of the wave had mostly knocked off his life jacket, Walton said.



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Seeing the streets littered with broken glass, and knowing there have been no riots or earthquakes, is somewhat disconcerting ;)

Faced with crime, downtown Victoria business asks: 'Is it worth it?'​

Several businesses in downtown Victoria had their front windows smashed this past week in what Victoria police say are random acts of vandalism.

No goods were stolen, but shops are left with the escalating costs of replacing the glass and the emotional toll of the deteriorating conditions.

After more than a half a century, one of downtown Victoria’s most durable businesses is wondering if it’s worth staying.

“You’re walking on pins and needles because we don’t know what we’re coming into each morning,” says Tara Savrtka, a co-owner of Baggins Shoes on Lower Johnson Street. Baggins has been operating downtown since 1969.

“Broken glass, used needles, human excrement… You pull extra money out for payroll to have [at least] two people working even in slow periods so they can feel safe,” Savrtka said.

“The lease is up in a year and a half and you have to wonder, is it still worth it?”

Three neighbouring businesses on Lower Johnson had their front windows smashed this past week — a trail of broken glass that also included Earl’s Restaurant and the Garrick’s Head Pub on Government Street — in what Victoria police describe as random acts of vandalism.

Police have identified a suspect and released an image from grainy surveillance footage, but hadn’t yet made an arrest.

No goods were stolen, but operators are left with the escalating costs of replacing the glass and the emotional toll that the deteriorating conditions downtown are taking on owners and staff.

Jeff Bray of the Downtown Victoria Business Association said deductibles for broken glass “are about $1,000, if you’re lucky.”

“Some businesses lose their insurance because it keeps happening, so they eat the [full] replacement cost or board it up until they sell enough to cover the costs.”

Bray said the greater cost is the slipping morale and increasing stress of constantly having to deal with vandalism and other issues he said are usually caused by repeat offenders and those facing serious addiction problems.

“It’s to the point of people not renewing leases,” Bray said. “Downtown might be too much and they can look for other places to do business.”
Mirko Filipovic, who owns Themis Security and operates 24-hour patrols for business and property owner clients, said the number of calls for service has increased more than 20 per cent from the same period a year ago.

Uniformed Themis personnel wear body cameras and are often first of the scene of vandalism, overdoses and violence, and provide their footage to police for use in identifying suspects. Most patrol units also carry sheets of plywood and portable drills to protect businesses and condominiums from further vandalism and theft, Filipovic said.



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Comment: A personal appeal to David Eby: Please help Victoria​

There is overwhelming evidence that in and around the province’s supportive housing facilities, there is too much crime and disorder.

On March 9, I, along with Coun. Marg Gardiner, presented a motion to council asking Premier David Eby to make our city safer because there is overwhelming evidence that in and around the province’s supportive housing facilities, there is too much crime and disorder.

We supplied council with evidence which clearly and unequivocally shows that in some (not all) of these facilities, there is criminal activity both inside and outside.

We gave direct quotes of Police Chief Del Manak from a Times Colonist article noting how VicPD has seized drugs, weapons and cash from one of the most notorious supportive housing facilities at 844 Johnson and he said it’s “extremely troubling.”

We noted that a woman whose husband was housed and then died at 844 Johnson referred to it as a “kill shelter for dogs.”