Editor, The News:
Re: Province shoots down second Maple Ridge location for supportive housing (mapleridgenews.com).
Give credit where credit is due.
I applaud MLAs Doug Bing MLA and Marc Dalton for having the wisdom to realize that the Lougheed Highway site isn’t the appropriate location for a homeless shelter.
You have gone a long ways in reinstating trust in our government officials through seeing the folly of using that site for a shelter.
It is refreshing to know the citizens of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will have an opportunity to be heard on this issue.
Your actions show the respect you have for the citizens of our communities.
A site will be found.
Not everyone will be happy.
But I feel confident that when you make that decision, it will be made with the knowledge of what the community wants.
And thank you also to minister Rich Coleman for the possibility of even more dollars to help our truly most vulnerable.
Low-cost and rental, subsidized housing is greatly needed to meet the needs of our young families and seniors.
I look forward to the public meeting at the end of January and hearing what our communities are prepared to embrace.