Sue Moen

For Campbell River City Councilor

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Sue Moen

For Campbell River City Councilor

People gathering together is one simple way for everyone to feel safer. Individuals or situations that may be perceived as unsafe or uncomfortable – such as the much referenced congregation of our unhoused neighbours downtown – fade away when we add a diverse array of residents and visitors to an area. This has been true […]

People gathering together is one simple way for everyone to feel safer. Individuals or situations that may be perceived as unsafe or uncomfortable – such as the much referenced congregation of our unhoused neighbours downtown – fade away when we add a diverse array of residents and visitors to an area. This has been true on Sundays at the Farmers Market. It’s also been true at many of the events sponsored by the City (CR Live Streets) and Spirit Square music concerts. A current city councilor mentioned that he was pleased by the turnout and activity downtown during the market ‘with none of the usual issues’. Well, those people he calls ‘issues’ were there. Several of them approached us before our first day to check when we’d be setting up so they could move their stuff. Many offer to help every week. They make purchases and have great conversations with the vendors and shoppers and they listen and dance to the music, along with everybody else. And since the unhoused population is up to nine times more likely to be a victim of violence than most of us, these events make them safer too. Come downtown. Shop at the local stores. Eat at a restaurant or pub. Take your kids to the library for books, story time and activities. See the amazing shows at the Art Gallery and Tidemark Theatre. Look at each, smile and say hello and then enjoy everything our downtown offers.