The fake bus tour of homeless shelters in other communities has been staged.
The Courtenay politicians visited in the middle of the day when the homeless were out and, of course, there would be no problems. These places would look neat and tidy. The employees, of course, want their jobs, so good press is the goal.
These politicians should have the courage and honesty to go unannounced late at night when the action happens and problems arise. Those that cannot get into a local shelter or don’t want to (especially wintertime) hang around because their friends are there. I’m sure the police would be happy to host such a night tour and also expound upon the fact that their hands are tied when dealing with these problems.
Note that the murder of the homeless person was only one block away from the Nanaimo homeless shelter.