News Views: A good meal

The CEED Centre Society owns a historic building on land it leases from the district in a beleaguered part of Port Haney.

The District of Maple Ridge has asked a non-profit group not to host free dinners for the homeless on municipal property anymore.

The CEED Centre Society owns a historic building on land it leases from the district in a beleaguered part of Port Haney. The society has been hosting the dinners, along with volunteers from St. George’s Anglican Church, on Saturday nights since 2010, after the founder of the street ministry passed away.

Robert Mitchell started handing out sandwiches on the street to those in need in 2004. That eventually turned into barbecues in front of his business on 223rd Street.

Tyler Ducharme, a Port Haney resident and former council candidate, has publicly complained about the dinners at the CEED Centre, that those who attend are responsible for crime and nuisance behaviour in the area – noise and needles.

CEED Centre manager Christian Cowley, also a former council candidate, has denied that, pointing instead to a drug house that police have raided three times in the past year.

That rental property is managed by Al Hogarth, a realtor and member of Maple Ridge council. You’d think if anybody could help resolve the situation in Port Haney, it would be him – for starters, by doing a better job vetting his tenants.

The district has a heritage agreement to renovate the house, as part of a planned condo complex. But is it really worth saving? It is worth the headaches and expenses until that day comes?

If it is, spend some money and shut it down, buy the insurance and board it up.

Get rid of the trouble makers.

Instead, the district decides to displace the community dinners – to get in the way of people doing good, serving hot food and drink while providing a warm, dry place and some companionship to those in need.

The district needs to rethink and reverse this decision, and get to work resolving the issues plaguing Port Haney. They existed before the community dinners, which is why Robert Mitchell started them.

They are part of the solution, not the problem.

– Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson announces an end to the ICBC monopoly if the Liberal Party is elected, during a stop in Maple Ridge. (Neil Corbett/The News)
BC Liberal Leader in Pitt Meadows for announcement

Wilkinson visits Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows riding seen as a key election battleground

Caitlin Smith shows a picture of her own kids trying to manouvre the are of 123rd Avenue and Creston Street in Maple Ridge to demonstrate the danger that exists for pedestrians in that area. (Caitlin Smith/Special to The News)
LETTER: Maple Ridge traffic circle a potential ‘death trap’

Parent reiterates ongoing plea for council to make city streets safe for pedestrians

Ron Paley shared a picture from a Sunday morning bike ride, before the rains, when he stopped across the street from Krystal Creek Riding stable, on Ford Detour Road in Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Check out the horsepower found in this Pitt Meadows field

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

If you have a letter you’d like to submit to the editor for consideration, please email us at <a href=""><strong></strong></a>. Look forward to hearing your thoughts. </li></ul>
LETTER: Country side

Maple Ridge resident shares poem that sums up arrival of fall

Royal Crescent temporary modular homes opened in October 2018 with 53 studio suites. (The News files)
LETTER: Critical of Liberal candidates comments on supportive housing

Aspiring Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows MLAs should know there’s more to aiding homeless than shelter

In this photo provided by Shannon Kiss, smoke from the CalWood Fire billows, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, as seen from Gunbarrel, Colo. (Shannon Kiss via AP)
‘First guys out:’ Western Canadian air tanker fleet busy despite drop in wildfires

CEO believes wildfires have become more dangerous in recent years as people live closer to where they start

Grant and Barbara Howse, in quarantine in Invermere. Mike Turner photo
Denied entry into U.S., Kootenay couple still forced to quarantine for 2 weeks

The rules around crossing the U.S. border led to a bizarre situation for an Invermere couple

Fort St. John councillor Trevor Bolin (B.C. Conservative Party)
BC Conservatives leader fights back after BC Liberals leak 2018 workplace harassment case

Sexual harassment case was connected to employee being terminated, WorkSafeBC found

Employee Sophia Lovink shows off a bag of merchandise in Toronto on Thursday, June 11, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Canada gets C-average grade on 2nd year of cannabis legalization

Cannabis Council of Canada releases report card on federal government and legalization

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

(Black Press Media files)
B.C. suburbs could see increased demand for rental units as people work from home

Vancouver’s average monthly rent is the highest out of 35 cities across Canada

The BC Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay. (News Bulletin file photo)
‘Buy a boat,’ Horgan advises anti-maskers on BC Ferries

NDP leader John Horgan talks COVID-19 misinformation

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Restrictions on non-essential travel between Canada and the United States are being extended until at least Nov. 21. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
Non-essential travel restrictions at Canada-U.S. border extended to at least Nov. 21

The restrictions do not apply to those providing essential services in either country

Most Read