I thought The Bridges was the problem, I was wrong… By Tommy Vann

By  | November 10, 2017 | 8 Comments | Filed under: TIME FOR A NEW MAYOR AND 90% of COUNCIL IN 2018

I was on Market Street the other day and a young man was going between cars with a bag. He was picking up garbage, clothing and tossing sticks off the road.

About 15 minutes later another fellow was doing the same.

I watched him go into The Bridges, so I walked to The Bridges and asked to speak to the manager. She was not in so I spoke with Michelle instead.

“Are your people cleaning up the street Michelle?”

“Yes. Some of our people are trying to give back. Cleanups are organized during the year.”

Michelle is new, so I listened to her goals and hopes. The Bridges mandate in theory is excellent. The intangibles, however, cripple public and business sympathy.

The Bridges is dealing with numerous individuals that few can, or are willing to.

I noticed individuals stopping there on bikes, speaking with people then leaving. I also noticed several organized individuals who I have seen before, begging for money on medians.

Guess where most of that cash goes to? Remember, most of these people are part of an organized group and most are cons.

To those kind people that have given money to median beggars, perhaps consider giving to The Bridges for hands- on help instead.

There are also several other ways to help at The Bridges. Call them at 519-624-9305.

Women’s clothes and winter wear are highly needed. The Bridges has an impossible task of assisting everyone coming to them for help.

The drug crisis issue, needles, thefts, hookers, screamers, trespassers, downtown wanderers, damage done, medicated individuals are all The Bridges fault, I once thought.

The Bridges plants seeds of hope and gives needed time. Yes, it is a point of gathering and for some it’s dead time.

Some politicians are really trying, and are deeply concerned about The Bridges and the drug problems.

However, the drug crisis has turned into a Black Plague as finger pointing, foot dragging and a lack of resources by all government levels trickle along at a snail’s pace.

Hence an overload on Market Street.

Now certain leaders want injection sites!

Has our government lost its mind? Start charging any dealers with murder for selling this death, require people to hand in a used needle to get a new one (only as a Band-Aid solution), and offer more assistance and security to places like The Bridges to start with.

Repeat offenders must do a 90-day dryout. Location must be rethought as well for any new centre. Not due to the willingness to help individuals in need, but due to the new wave of today’s man-made immediate addiction drugs and the problems they cause.

The Bridges is not the problem folks, “we” allowed this situation to get where it is.

Businesses and the public want their cities back. Our leaders must respond. God Speed.

Thomas Vann

Cambridge

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/opinion-story/7914009-i-thought-the-bridges-was-the-problem-i-was-wrong/

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8 Responses to I thought The Bridges was the problem, I was wrong… By Tommy Vann

  1. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    Alan Marshall November 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Good for you Tommy! It’s not an easy fix or even easy to clearly understand. Most citizens want the problems fixed but have no idea how to help.

  2. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann November 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks Al. With the help of the Times I hope people open their eyes to the issues that plague Bridges. Cons and scammers use Bridges as a hide-a-way location to stay, organize drug sales and median posts. These scum bags bleed the system for those with higher needs. Many feel they are helping out poor souls on the medians. Instead they pay for extras like booze and drugs often. The majority are from other cities. Put a bomb under the idea this will go away or be controlled. Violence has happened if your on someone’s cash cow median. Often however your told to scram or be dealt with. Many carry knives, a club, or pepper spray. One girl sceamed at a guy and told him she had a gun in her pack and aint afraid to use it. My kind of gal. I don’t have all the answers but I will say that our government knew of this shit 3-4 years ago and sat on their ass. For our population size we are a large drug problem town. Don’t let those idiots on Dixon Street B/S you. We have a deep deep issue to deal with here. Having the 2 million back for that stupid walk bridge could have helped. Fools.

  3. ar.leys@hotmail.com'
    arley6 November 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Well spoken…a different look at the issues, what may help and some hope that with a little bit of help that things can change. After just moving back to Cambridge I am sorry to see that a lot of the big city issues have now reached us…for people that want and need the help Bridges does that but for the scum that want to bring more problems is where a lot of the issues really lay…and all sectors of our elected officials and police etc need to wake up, smell the roses and deal with the issues, turning a blind eye is not helping!

  4. kefran@bell.net'
    CITIZEN FOR CHANGE AT THE TOP November 11, 2017 at 7:42 am

    No this is not an easy fix at all. Tommy you have really put this into perspective once again. It is so easy to say that those people are deadbeats and don’t want help. All those people are human being with a story to tell and some of those stories are awful. Yes maybe some people would say that oh they are just ‘druggies’ and have taken the easy way out. Come on people..we need to help them. Like you say we need to have our eyes opened..We need to get all four governments on board here. We cannot do this alone. No this problem will not go away. Like you say these drug dealers need to be charged with murder and enforce the charge..None of these lawyers to get them off the hook. I know you will never totally eliminate drugs but if we can curb this issue we have done something. If putting one drug dealer into jail can save a life yes we have done something. If we can find the source of the problem and deal with it maybe we can start the beginning of a cleanup. There needs to be tougher laws for dealers. We will never eliminate the problem totally but right now there is a real deep dark issue that this city has to deal with. It seems our city has money to spend on all sorts of stupid projects that our Mayor thinks will bring people into the downtown core. The money that was spent of the Old Post Office and the money being spend on the Bridge are just two examples of wasted funds. If these funds would have been used to the greater good of helping a place like the Bridges and other places we might not have the situation that we are faced with. We will never be able to stop it totally because of the underground economy but we do need to take a stand and tell our government at all levels that this is an epidemic and that they need to help solve the problem…This needs to start with our municipal government and I think the public needs to take a stand and let the Mayor of this city know that we want something DONE about this and that he needs to OPEN HIS EYES and get his head out from under that BIG ROCK and see the whole picture…In order to begin to solve the problem the MAYOR needs to acknowledge we have a MAJOR issue here..Come on Doug..Wake Up, Smell the Coffee and do something that will help the GREATER GOOD of the three communities instead of just the downtown…Remember 2018 Election time is looming!!!!

  5. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Rosy November 11, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I know people at Bridges and bully’s are there. People get pushed out of Bridges so their scam friends can get a bed. Our mayor should visit or volunteer during Christmas to help them l feel. Nice letter that tells people what is happening.

  6. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    B. Scott November 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    A very well written letter Mr. Vann. You have told it the way it is. Three years and no movement by our city or region. Terrible effort.

  7. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    They have taken a beating in the public opinion lately. Let’s hope issues can be corrected.

  8. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie November 12, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Well said as usual Tommy. It is hard to open the eyes of people like our Mayor, etc., who think life is just great hiding in their cozy high cost Condos. They don’t care. I personally never go down to Galt, have been approached too many times, a man stepped into the middle of the street at Bridges & would not move. I personally do not NEED this type of trouble.
    Yes you people are right – the Mayor puts OUR MONEY into the wrong places. Like the Post Office – (WOW) & that BRIDGE TO NOWHERE. Our Mayor has an HUGE selfish ego, but no common sense when it comes to our City.
    Take our SPORTS COMPLEX for example – making a deal with Tibbets – this is so wrong. If handled properly, & handled with class – we could have gotten funding from private or businesses to fund this Complex & have it built CENTRAL – CENTRAL INSIDE OUR CITY.
    Good for you Tommy – to report this the way it is.
    The Mayor only hides issues – ignores issues – hoping they will go away. They don’t – drugs are still in GALT. And we still do not have a Sports Complex in CAMBRIDGE.
    Thanks Tom – 2018 election coming – so we need to know we have a useless Mayor at present. Sure don’t want him again. NEED NEW BLOOD & SMART CARING BLOOD!!!

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