The supporters of Chinatown aren’t giving up with out a fight. Angry at city council’s decision over supervised injection sites, a protest and march is planned for this Saturday.
“One thing we are really, really, really upset is what ever the consultation process they talk about, not even one Chinese involved,” said Barbara Fung of the Chinese Benevolent Association.
City council voted Tuesday, 10-1 to take the next step in the process for allowing supervised injection sites and have a letter sent to Health Canada offering support. Fung said there’s considerable anger that the city’s Chinese community was not even aware council planned to discuss that letter until a few days before the public hearing which began Monday.
“We, the Chinese community, have eight percent of the population of Edmonton. I can’t see why we got ignored. That’s one thing we’re really upset about this important decision. It’s so important to the future of Chinatown.”
They are upset with the closest of the four sites, George Spady Centre is right on their doorstep and will hurt property values and drive away business. Fung fears the consequences. “Break into somebody’s house, or catch a senior or something? Where are they going to get the money to buy the drugs? Because the government is not going to provide them the money for the drugs. Where are they going to get the money from?”
“That the city said ‘we’re going to beautify your Chinatown so we can attract more tourism.’ But on the other hand the decision they made is going to damage Chinatown.”
What is planned as a peaceful march will begin at 11:00 a.m. from Canada Place and move on to City Hall.