Lorne Mayencourt - Photo from Lorne's Blog
"Why aren't the social workers, psychiatrists, Human Resources people and all the other official assistance professionals walking the streets, trying to find out what the residents need and what's missing from their services? " Statement by Liberal MLA Lorne Mayencourt better known as the Westend Partyboi.
Good questions Lorne and I have some answers, 1. Your government cut the numbers of Social Workers, Human Resources and the funds for emergency assistance. 2. BC Housing used to be able to work to find housing for some of these people, they had staff and a budget, that's been cut back by your government. 3. Community agencies that were building non-profit housing to meet the need no longer get provincial money as your Government has stopped building "social housing" with the exception of Woodwards building.
Not one social housing project has been started by your government in Vancouver-Burrard which wasn't already underway by the previous government.
Lorne discovers the following: "The residents down here aren't bad people or aggressive, they're just poor, and the real crime is that they're not getting any breaks."
True to form, Lorne is perceptive, right questions, displays compassionate understanding. Just one question for you Lorne, "Why have you not raised these concerns in the Legislature?