Letter – Children need a voice, too

Re: City Watchdog, "Silent support needs to raise its voice" Feb. 7 - 13

Children need a voice, too

Re: City Watchdog, “Silent support needs to raise its voice” Feb. 7 – 13

Yes, let’s also include the children in their right to have playgrounds and parks to play without harm. I do support the existence of harm reduction services for this specific population with addictions so as to address their needs as long as they are located in an appropriate place and also serve and address the needs of all affected. In any society, children are the most vulnerable of all populations and therefore their needs ought to be prioritized. An earlier identified location for these services on Pandora, near Our Place, was abandoned after complaints from the Conservatory and St. Andrews school. After protests, VIHA assured St. Andrews in a written agreement to the school they would not proceed with the plan and would refrain from distributing any needles within a several kilometre radius of the school. Are the children of George Jay School and Fernwood neighbourhood in general, children of a lesser god, then? Or are the ethnic and First Nations populations in this school less powerful in the civic arena than private schools to stop anything that does not serve the needs of the children?

Paulo Da Costa,Fernwood

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