Pubdate: Wed, 04 Oct 2000
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2000 The Province
Contact:  200 Granville Street, Ste. #1, Vancouver, BC V6C 3N3 Canada
Fax: (604) 605-2323
Author: S. Richter


Congratulations to Province photographer Jon Murray for his photograph of 
the Chinatown merchants with their private army at the anti-drug march on 

This is surely one of the ugliest sights ever seen on the streets of Vancouver.

How poignant that on the same day we should be mourning a Canadian who once 
believed in a just and compassionate society. There are intelligent 
solutions to the devastation of poverty and addiction in our Downtown 
Eastside, but they require justice, compassion and leadership.

However, all such efforts require community participation and co-operation.

The mercenary hysteria being drummed up in this area is for the political 
and financial gain of a few. It would be tragic if these loud, squeaky 
wheels alter the will of our politicians and decision-makers and ruin 
current efforts at improving the quality of life of all of our citizens.

S. Richter, Vancouver
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