Delaying Courtenay homeless shelter slap in face for regional district

Dear editor,
Murray Presley, as one of his last actions on Courtenay city council, has just moved our area back many years!

Dear editor, Murray Presley, as one of his last actions on Courtenay city council, has just moved our area back many years!By getting a motion passed to ask Courtenay city staff to work on getting other land for a homeless shelter is a slap in the face to our regional district, which bought the property on Cliffe.That motion is nothing other than a complete stop to the whole process of getting a shelter up and running. Now, the homeless will have to endure more winter weather on our streets.Shame on Murray, Larry Jangula, Manno Theos and even Jon Ambler for passing this motion!Mayor Phelps is to be congratulated for consistently supporting a homeless shelter and for voting against Presley’s motion. Kudos, too, to Ronna-Rae Leonard and Doug Hillian for voting the right and humanitarian way.We in Courtenay must all shoulder the blame for the fact that we are continuing to look the other way when those in need ask for help. Because low-cost housing is in such short supply, the growing number of homeless is our responsibility and we have failed in that task.Gwyn Frayne,Courtenay

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