According to those being robbed, and those doing the robbing with their continued efforts, there was little being done about the downtown break ins until a Saturday morning when business owners started sharing stories and talking signage.
Storeowners were telling us no investigations were being conducted at all into the robberies.
“No cameras, no luck.”
Then all of a sudden, more conversations with the community, a community meeting or three, and the crime scenes become CSI: Mile Zero, according to business owners.
Suspect(s) have since been caught. Charges are likely on the horizon.
The Soldiers of Odin felt the need to silently start and build a chapter for citing community safety, potential patrols, and other collaborative non profit-like reasons.
Last fall around the same time as all of the above, we all heard during both council candidate and mayoral debates about crack houses, flop houses, and more.
Residents were saying nothing was being done - I contend nothing will be done. In DC.
Pouce Coupe is in the middle of stomping out these type of developments by not granting them business licenses and rumours at least one South Peace municipality is looking at funding their own constables as DC looks at cutting RCMP positions.
Over the last month, there has been nothing but a proliferation of calls to this office from ratepayers, residents, parents, and more saying “something isn’t right,” on all kinds of topics and quote, unquote governing bodies, and general organizations.
That’s how it works - the community tells us where to go - what to work on.
I get people don’t like to bring up crack houses, if you don’t even acknowledge problems, they can never be addressed - only glossed over and turned into politcal talking points.
From chemical dumping, to oil and gas concerns in the field, to investigations quashed, to the sex trade operating with damn near store fronts and more, with people looking the other way. These are stories that have walked into this office and activated us.
We’ll look into these stories just like we will interview the homebrew store for a homebrew story, or an accountant’s office for a tax tale.
Some of this stuff I thought I’d left behind a lifetime ago as a reporter - but we’ll bring in the big city if you’d like. Seems like there are big city problems here.
As one news organization claimed they were working on sex trade investigations, they were also advertising for a brothel quite literally three blocks away from their mountain-like HQ. I know because I was standing in it - you have to see these things for yourself - then they are not up for nonsensical debate like personal truths, or second hand knowledge.
Not to sound like a fictitious archaeologist totem of mine, but we’re not in the search for truth around here - we’re in search of the facts.
Because the fact is the truth will change depending on the mouth from which it flows.
We’ll look into these stories as well, too. We have the time. And it seems everyone else may be a bit short on people power these days.
Until next time, managing editor Rob Brown