SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – A quick check of the various social media channels in Sault Ste. Marie shows a part of the city many in power do not want to admit.
The pictures and posts show theft, needles, and rampant drug use all throughout the city.
They are repeatedly posted and even more disturbing are the accusations the police do not care, will not come, or come too late.
In response, we posted a simple observation and an offer to bring suggestions to the people who control the city.
The Mayor, councillors, Algoma Public Health, MPP, MP, and police.
We did not expect the overwhelming amount of responses.
From “good luck with that” to “happy you are trying to make a difference.”
However, a few stood out and as promised we are starting the conversation.
Dianne Diotte is a Keeping the Soo Safe member, one of the online Facebook groups dedicated to calling out the crime in the community.
She echoed the sentiments of some individuals.
“We need an addiction treatment centre here in the Soo. This has been said many, many times,” said Diotte. “Building things to attract tourists, lol, when we have nothing to offer. The hardworking people trying to make their homes and yards look good only to have it stolen!!! Very, very sad.”
Other members agreed and some like Matthew Frank Kot said maybe the police need more funding.
“It’s clear to me we need to increase (NOT DEFUND) our police budget and we need to elect an MP that takes crime seriously,” said Kot. “I’ve already reached out to Conservative MP’s to reopen the criminal code so that punishments will be harsher and catch and release will be a thing of the past.”
“Jail or mandatory rehab, jail and mandatory rehab, longer jail sentences, stop catch and release,” was another reply.
There were other suggestions made which require more in-depth coverage.
We have met and spoken with residents since the post.
There are more stories on this topic in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.
If you have any suggestions reach out to me at [email protected]