Re: “Historic First Nations Bunkhouse in Steveston could be rebuilt,” Online, Jan. 23
Recent news reports suggest some elected representatives and senior city staff are unaware of the devastating financial and psychological impact COVID-19 is having on many Richmond residents.
Despite this, city officials continue to fund questionable projects, which will encumber taxpayers with growing annual financial liabilities. I speak of the $19.44 million Phoenix net loft project, the $5.3 million lawn bowling clubhouse, unknown millions for the Lulu Island Park and the continuing financial debacle of our Olympic Oval.
Now, we have a new project proposal — rebuilding the First Nations bunkhouse in Steveston for about $2.05 million. I wonder how Richmond’s homeless community feels about these expenditures?
I suggest the bunkhouse history be included in the Phoenix facility history with some salvaged artifacts. Otherwise, restore the bunkhouse to its original purpose and provide housing for homeless persons.
While unknown numbers of Richmond businesses and individuals are struggling for financial survival, a majority of city council OK’d a 5.68 per cent tax hike for 2021 (Richmond News, Jan. 21).
Does anyone believe 16 new police officers will stop the shootings, drive-bys, arsons, etc. in Richmond, as justification for the tax increase? We really are in the midst of a dangerous pandemic.