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Town hall goes Wednesday night for business owners to discuss downtown crime, more

Wednesday night at Co-op Mercer Hall.
Mics will be open for business owners and more.

Tonight is the evening to talk about Dawson Creek business vandalism, and downtown crime in a town hall setting.

With a series of break ins and ongoing vandalism to businesses downtown Dawson Creek, owners and stakeholders have called for an open house/town hall.

“The business community has asked the Chamber of Commerce host a town hall regarding the increased number of incidents and criminal behaviour happening in the downtown core,” says Chamber CEO Kathleen Connolly.

She adds concerns about the Snow House, the Nawican Friendship Centre's bed/injection site, the new BC Housing complex, and concerns about loitering and other related issues are being discussed by stakeholders and more. 

“We are hearing many rumours about these facilities and clarification is needed from Northern Health, elected officials and of course strategies to manage and mitigate these issues going forward.”

The City of Dawson Creek recently noted they were dealing with a serial planter and flower vandal throughout the summer of 2022.

The event is slated for Sept. 21 at the Co-op Mercer Hall at the Ovintiv Events Centre from 6 to 8pm. 

“Everyone will have an opportunity to speak to your role in ensuring a safe community for all,” says Connolly.

Members from Northern Health have confirmed their attendance for the evening. 

“We will allow question and answer with the public but of course will outline our expectations for a respectful and safe discussion for all.”