The neighbors of the Lauberivière homeless shelter in the Saint-Roch district uttered a new heart’s cry, submitting a petition and disturbing photos to City Hall on Monday, urging the authorities to take action and put an end to the flooding.
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“We are confronted with damage on a daily basis: for example, we were confronted with urine on the walls of our buildings, human excrement on the sidewalks or forecourts. On the behavioral side, we were treated to masturbation and fellatio sessions in broad daylight,” reads the document filed Monday night.
Aside from the misdeeds, the signers say they participate in drug dealing and binge drinking outside of the shelter in nearby public places every day “at all hours of the day and night.” They criticize that psychotic crises and other psychological problems are not being adequately cared for.
The petition — signed by 17 residents or merchants in the region — is addressed to Quebec Mayor Bruno Marchand, the province’s health minister Christian Dubé, and CUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale CEO Guy Thibodeau.
An “annoying raffle”
It was lawyer François Leduc, whose office is in Carré Lépine, who spoke for the signatories during the municipal council meeting. He said he wanted to put an end to the “draw-up of public nuisance” recorded since the new sanctuary opened about 15 months ago.
“It doesn’t care about joints for the intoxicated folks circling Lauberivière. It takes permanent security measures. Our building was vandalized again on Friday […] It is unacceptable and not worth living. We demand compensation for everything we have suffered,” he said.
The mayor is insightful
In response to another citizen who complained about the ineffectiveness of measures taken so far, Quebec’s mayor said he understood their desperation. The city, he says, has a role to play, but it’s not the only one, because of the laws governing mental health.
“It is true, if I put myself in the place of the commoners, it is certain that I would find it for a long time […] We won’t wash our hands. I know it’s not going at the desired speed. I can’t say I’m as frustrated as you are because I’m not experiencing it, but please believe our commitment is sincere. We’re getting out of the way,” he said.
The mayor, who campaigned for zero homelessness, continues to strive for this goal and would like other politicians to denounce this commitment.
“There are cities around the world that are doing and doing it. We can ensure that people on the street can once again be accommodated with dignity, cared for and accompanied and contribute to the community,” he argued.