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LETTER: When will Kelowna city councillors address needle problem?

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July 27, 2018 - 12:00 PM


Dear City of Kelowna,

Let's talk needles. Not homelessness, not drug use but needles. Needles in our parks. Needles on our beaches. Needles in our lakes.


Let's talk preventive measures. And I don't mean housing, I'm not talking about needle exchange or needle drop boxes, and I'm not referring to moving the red zone.

I mean preventive measures.

Everyone is aware there is drug use in our city. What I'm not aware of is what the City of Kelowna is doing to ensure safe beaches, parks, parking lots and lakes.

Instead of pointing out the problem (needles everywhere) I would like to suggest some solutions. How about raking all public beaches every morning? Perhaps 24 hr patrol for all parks? Temporary fencing at night? It may not solve all problems but it's a start.

Put our tax dollars where it counts. So us locals feel safe taking our children to Kelowna's beautiful beaches and parks without worry. Show the tourists (that so many small businesses rely on) that we care about their safety as well.


Finally I must ask , City of Kelowna council members ... including our Mayor, where do your children play? Which beach do you feel safe on? Do you let your kids run around City Park without shoes?

Please share, maybe someone that cares will read it.

Brandi Lynn Honeyman, Kelowna


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