I was absolutely astounded a few days ago while listening to an interview on CBC early morning radio. The interview was with regard to the conversion of the old Sixth Avenue liquor store into a home for those who are homeless in the downtown.
In that interview, Mr. Kirk Gable, representing the Downtown Business Improvement Association (DBIA), categorically stated that some of these homeless people were pedophiles and sex offenders, and because of that none of them should be allowed to live downtown.
Just because people are homeless is no reason to treat them with contempt. People deserve dignity no matter what their life circumstances. Mr. Gable’s accusation goes far beyond fair comment. In my opinion it is irresponsible and malicious.
Let me remind you, Mr. Gable, that studies show the vast majority of sex offenders to be men. Would you ban all men from the downtown?
It is well known that the vast majority of pedophiles are family members or are known to the children. Would you ban all families from the downtown?
There have been cases where ministers of religion have been found guilty of sexual abuse including pedophilia. Many have voluntarily apologized for abusing the children’s trust. Would you then ban all ministers of religion from the downtown?
Perhaps you should keep Stockwell Day in mind, Mr. Gable. Alberta taxpayers have just been stuck with a bill for more than three quarters of a million dollars because he libelled a lawyer by accusing him of merely protecting pedophiles.
Perhaps what we need in Prince George is some community minded group like the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation to provide these homeless people with the ability to get equal access to the courts as that lawyer.
I am sure that three quarters of a million dollars of DBIA money would go a long way to housing the homeless in Prince George.
Apologize, Mr. Gable.
Bryan D. Llewellyn