Families struggling with toxic Duncan environment

Forty thousands needles picked up.

Families struggling with toxic Duncan environment

In a recent letter in the Citizen newspaper, Sharon Jackson presented some intelligent thoughts on the homeless/drug crisis facing residents families and businesses, in the City of Duncan.

In response to Sharon Jackson’s letter, United Church Minister Keith Simmons once again tries to shame and demonize residents of the City of Duncan with a highly questionable anecdote. I find it interesting that the supposed incident he writes about happened just in time for his response to the letter by Sharon Jackson.

Unfortunately Mr. Simmons offers no real world solutions to the problems and the dangers Duncan families face every day and steadfastly refuses to acknowledge these problems even exist.

Forty thousands needles picked up. Thousands of needles recovered from the Cowichan River. Volunteer sharps pick up teams attacked. Tons of contaminated garbage. Forty-five thousand dollars damage done to Charles Hoey Park.

Rampant crime and vandalism. Public sex acts around the overdose prevention location. Daily psychotic episodes in downtown Duncan. Shooting up drugs in public.

While Mr. Simmons turns a blind eye towards these inconvenient realities, families struggle to raise their children in a toxic dangerous environment.

Mark Williams

Duncan

Just Posted

Robert Barron column: It’s good to see kids excited about education

A travelling salesman banged on our door and showed my parents an encyclopedia set

Cowichan Power and Sail Squadron celebrates its 60th anniversary

Many who take courses go on to become Canadian Power Squadron members.

Andrea Rondeau column: Crime Stoppers is back, plus, why crime is important to write about

As a newspaper we cover crime as more than just entertainment.

Kick for the Cure crushes records

Soccer fundraiser for MS brings in more than $30,000

Sarah Simpson column: Daddy Day field trip to City Hall a hit

“They want to go upstairs so I made them ask at the front desk.”

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Coming up in Cowichan: Spend Father’s Day fishing, or head to the BC Forest Discovery Centre

Deadline coming to register for class reunion The Cowichan Secondary Class of… Continue reading

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read