Editor: The following is an open letter to mayors and councils of Langley Township and Langley City:
After we heard about the removal of homeless camps around McLeod Athletic Park we wondered who, what, when, where and why the solution to homelessness lies.
Here it is, very simple.
A solution to the homeless problem is not that far away.
It takes a little will and co-operation from all levels.
Since we have a number of fire halls in both the City and the Township, and since we are continually assured these are staffed by qualified staff, and since each fire hall has gym facilities, bathroom facilities and often even kitchen facilities, and since each fire hall has a large parking lot, why not give just a small part of the fire hall parking lot to the homeless? I have yet to see a fire hall parking lot more than one third full.
Not the kitchen, not the gym, not the exercise room, not the cafeteria — just the parking lots.
Many things make this a great solution:
1) There is lots of room;
2) There are bathroom facilities available;
3) Should there be an emergency the well-trained firefighters are at hand;
4) Less wear and tear on the equipment, since it is all right at hand;
5) Employment for the firefighters;
6) Safety for our fellow citizens.
It is a simple and effective solution. In fact, this is such a simple solution that I wonder why it has not been thought of before.
So, back to the five Ws:
Who? Councils and firefighters;
What? Being part of the solution to homelessness in Langley;
Where? At all the fire halls in the City and Township;
Why? Because Langley is a great place to live for all.
Gerard Klaas (Scholtens),