Panhandlers, and Petty Crime, and Squeegee Kids, Oh My!
It could be time for someone to bring a new voice to City Hall in next year's election. Last time the number two party ran on crime and did the best any challenger to the Burnaby Citizens' Association has done in a decade despite their election eve mayoral scandal. Could a new political force spring to life in response to the Downtown Eastside being gentrified and all its ills and troubles winding up elsewhere?
The winning ticket to 4949 Canada Way might just be handed to someone who campaigns on keeping Burnaby's homeless shelter off the South Slope, out of Edmonds, away from Hastings, nowhere near Lougheed, and well away from Metrotown and Brentwood. If the current council and their counterparts at other levels consider such a facility for Burnaby chances are a few people might have their baser instincts pop up at an untimely location - namely, the polling station.