Archives: September 2016

We know we’ve been robbed of community input by our city hall… the question is why?

Its easy to talk about delivering a robust community engagement process and a different matter entirely to deliver one. Citizens were promised input into the location of the proposed shelter. It didn’t happen. Instead, the city purchased the property with … Continue reading

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Maple Ridge is already providing more LOW BARRIER BEDS than any community outside Vancouver.

Maple Ridge has always been a caring, compassionate community. We are already providing more low barrier shelter accommodations than any community outside Vancouver. We are far outpacing neighbouring cities with much larger populations—some offering zero low barrier beds. Coquitlam, for … Continue reading

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Pete McMartin: The intractable problem of addiction and the mentally ill

PETE MCMARTIN, VANCOUVER SUN COLUMNIST 07.22.2015 It’s been hoped for years that securing safe and affordable housing for the homeless and mentally ill would go a long way toward reducing substance abuse and addiction rates among that population. That belief … Continue reading

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Project Valley Sweep / RCMP

IDEA TO CONSIDER FOR MAPLE RIDGE PITT MEADOW Chilliwack, Mission 2016-09-13 09:00 PDT File # Project Valley Sweep Police in the Fraser Valley are crediting Project Valley Sweep for a decline in property crime over the summer. This joint effort … Continue reading

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Downtown Eastside residents worse off despite costly programs, SFU study finds

Lead researcher and SFU professor Julian Somers and two colleagues tracked 433 homeless adults in the Vancouver Downtown East Side over 10 years. Despite the high concentration of beneficial programs such as shelters, food, street nurses, low rent accommodation and … Continue reading

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