Vi­o­lence: Enough is enough

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On March 8, in re­sponse to yet an­other lo­cal tragedy, a meet­ing was held at the Town of Ed­son to dis­cuss ways to ad­dress the vi­o­lence in our com­mu­nity. The RCMP, Town of Ed­son, Yel­low­head County, both lo­cal May­ors, Park­land Com­pos­ite High School, Holy Redeemer High School, Grand Yel­low­head School Divi­sion, Child and Fam­ily Ser­vices, Pro­ba­tion, Vic­tim Ser­vices, Ed­son Friend­ship Cen­tre, and nu­mer­ous other agen­cies met to dis- cuss if it was worth­while to move for­ward on a joint ini­tia­tive to help our com­mu­nity heal and hope­fully pre­vent fu­ture sig­nif­i­cant acts of vi­o­lence. Dur­ing the dis­cus­sions it be­came clear from the agen­cies at the ta­ble, that the com­mu­nity has had enough of the re­cent tragedies and we are re­spond­ing as a united front.

We are im­me­di­ately con­cerned forth ewell-be­ing of many youth in Ed­son and the sur­round­ing Yel­low­head County a rea who may have be­come de­spon­dent in light of the hor­rific in­ci­dents that have taken place in our re­gion over the last 18 months. This, cou­pled with the lo­cal down­turn in the econ­omy, has put a great deal of pres­sure on fam­i­lies in and around Ed­son. Youth, in par­tic­u­lar those aged 12 to 24 years, who are hav­ing emo­tional dif­fi­culty and don’t have the re­sources to cope, are urged to make con­tact with some of the many sup­ports that ex­ist lo­cally.

Spring break is upon us. Tra­di­tion­ally, many youth ex­er­cise poor de­ci­sion mak­ing dur­ing this time, ex­pos­ing them to un­nec­es­sary risk. This is a time when the nor­mal rou­tines and sup­ports of school are not in place to help lo­cal youth. We want to as­sure the youth of our re­gion that re­sources are just a phone call away. We are also creat­ing a so­cial me­dia com­po­nent to this mes­sage that can be ac­cessed via Face­book and other so­cial me­dia plat­forms. In­for­ma­tion and links will be posted on www. ed­son. ca/ csi as they be­come avail­able for this project.

If you are feel­ing over­whelmed please do not hes­i­tate to call one of the ser­vices be­low. The part­ner­ing agen­cies in the Com­mu­nity Safety Ini­tia­tive are mak­ing plans to mit­i­gate the risks to safety in our com­mu­nity. Soon, we will be en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity on the best ways to achieve this com­mon goal. Enough is enough!

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The Pro­vin­cial Build­ing es­pe­cially the court could get pretty busy is lo­cal res­i­dents have their way.

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