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  • Helene
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Yes hats off to Heidi for caring and trying to improve the live of so many who for a reason or another got themselves in situation that wouldn't almost be impossible to get out of without help from peolple like her and yes thank to Danny for making the program a reality and not just talk in the wind. Life will be safe, society will be better for it and hopefully many of them will get a life back.

  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    darls, now that is 2010 I would suspect that it is probably time for you to upgrade your thinking on mental health to at minimum 1950 standards and not the asylum islands of the 19th century.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Edgars is saying, as I understand it, that people coming from HMP with mental health illnesses are more venerable are routinely denied housing options based on these factors. Without stable housing, they are unable to re-establish themselves and are quite likely to re-offend. This hardly excuses the lack of affordable housing for everyone, but, as with many elders and those who need hospice care, these people should be given the chance to reconnect to society. The other option is that we continue to kick them while theyre down while self-righteously castigating them for not getting up. Unfortunately, the latter is easy and the obvious choice for legions of intellectual weaklings.

  • rj
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    It's 2010 and we still have to contend with opinions like those of Darls . That's both sad and scary.

  • Concerned Citizen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    It sounds to me like Ms. Edgar is trying to make our community a safer place for all of us to live. If we can put a few dollars into helping these men stay clean, sober and crime free, then that sounds good to me. I can not imagine how much it costs to keep repeat offenders going through the court system and then keeping them housed in conditions worse than the local animal shelter. Hats off to Ms. Edgar! The Telegram finally wrote an article outling the positive things going on, both inside and outside the walls of HMP.

  • Mary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Wow, that's a great program. Hats off to the Williams Government/Justice Department to finally see this need. It's a vicious cycle when a person has layers of issues and it is society's responsibility to help. I hope you are successful in placing these offices outside all prisons in this province, after all, once these individuals are back on the street, society is much better off if they contributing to their own well-being.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Darls, in a modern society (post-1900) we no longer lock people with mental health illnesses in asylums. And if you're wondering why so many are on the streets, try reading this article. But, essentially Darls, it is because people make uninformed assumptions about people living with mental illnesses and ask 'and why would anyone want someone like that living in their basement apartment... '

  • darls
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    to Rj and politically incorrect....until you tell me that you interact with these people as i do on a daily basis in my job ..you take them into your place and see how long you have them there....if theres something mentally wrong with these people then they should have a place to live where they don't scare the bejesus out of law abiding citizens...so don't give me any of your s#$t until you've walked in my shoes...

  • mercedes
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I know Edgars' heart is in the right place, but why shouldn't these people 'go on the waiting list with everyone else'? There are people waiting for these specialists for over a year, people who've never committed a crime in their lives, and the suggestion here seems to be that people who've been criminals should be given preference because they are criminals?

  • Bonnie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Heidi What an awsome job you do. That is a great program and Im sure a tremendous help to these people

  • I AM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Darls: I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a post-secondary (honours) graduate. I am a permanent full-time employee. I am a home owner. I am surrounded by tons of friends. I am a landlady with tenants who LOVE to live in my apartment. I have bi-polar disorder. I have never been and will never be locked away in any institution - hospital or penal. br Please, I beg of you, get informed remove your blinders.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Personally I would not want to live in Darls apartment. It's obvious to me and I'm sure to others that she definitely has anger management problems. Am I jumping to conclusions about someone I know something about, you say?? Well, obviously SO IS SHE.

  • Janiece
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    If Ms. Jones could re-read the article she may see that this service is provided by the mental health association. It does not 'fast track' these people into more or better services ahead of anyone else. The 'specialists' are part of CMHA and as far as I can tell, act as liaison between the mentally ill person leaving the penitentiary and services on the outside.

  • darls
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    my question is why are mentally ill people on the streets in the first place ...shouldn't they be in the waterford...and as we all know alot of these crimanals hide behind being mentally ill ...and why would anyone want someone like that living in their basement apartment...

  • Nicole
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I'm the mother of two small children and I have a basement apartment in my house, and no I would not rent to someone from HMP or someone with a known mental illness. you've gotta be kidding me!

  • Addictions worker
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    What scares the bejesus out of me is the fact that someone with your antiquated, and quite frankly ignorant, attitudes works with (or against) 'these people.'

  • Helene
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Yes hats off to Heidi for caring and trying to improve the live of so many who for a reason or another got themselves in situation that wouldn't almost be impossible to get out of without help from peolple like her and yes thank to Danny for making the program a reality and not just talk in the wind. Life will be safe, society will be better for it and hopefully many of them will get a life back.

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    darls, now that is 2010 I would suspect that it is probably time for you to upgrade your thinking on mental health to at minimum 1950 standards and not the asylum islands of the 19th century.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Edgars is saying, as I understand it, that people coming from HMP with mental health illnesses are more venerable are routinely denied housing options based on these factors. Without stable housing, they are unable to re-establish themselves and are quite likely to re-offend. This hardly excuses the lack of affordable housing for everyone, but, as with many elders and those who need hospice care, these people should be given the chance to reconnect to society. The other option is that we continue to kick them while theyre down while self-righteously castigating them for not getting up. Unfortunately, the latter is easy and the obvious choice for legions of intellectual weaklings.

  • rj
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    It's 2010 and we still have to contend with opinions like those of Darls . That's both sad and scary.

  • Concerned Citizen
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    It sounds to me like Ms. Edgar is trying to make our community a safer place for all of us to live. If we can put a few dollars into helping these men stay clean, sober and crime free, then that sounds good to me. I can not imagine how much it costs to keep repeat offenders going through the court system and then keeping them housed in conditions worse than the local animal shelter. Hats off to Ms. Edgar! The Telegram finally wrote an article outling the positive things going on, both inside and outside the walls of HMP.

  • Mary
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Wow, that's a great program. Hats off to the Williams Government/Justice Department to finally see this need. It's a vicious cycle when a person has layers of issues and it is society's responsibility to help. I hope you are successful in placing these offices outside all prisons in this province, after all, once these individuals are back on the street, society is much better off if they contributing to their own well-being.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Darls, in a modern society (post-1900) we no longer lock people with mental health illnesses in asylums. And if you're wondering why so many are on the streets, try reading this article. But, essentially Darls, it is because people make uninformed assumptions about people living with mental illnesses and ask 'and why would anyone want someone like that living in their basement apartment... '

  • darls
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    to Rj and politically incorrect....until you tell me that you interact with these people as i do on a daily basis in my job ..you take them into your place and see how long you have them there....if theres something mentally wrong with these people then they should have a place to live where they don't scare the bejesus out of law abiding citizens...so don't give me any of your s#$t until you've walked in my shoes...

  • mercedes
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I know Edgars' heart is in the right place, but why shouldn't these people 'go on the waiting list with everyone else'? There are people waiting for these specialists for over a year, people who've never committed a crime in their lives, and the suggestion here seems to be that people who've been criminals should be given preference because they are criminals?

  • Bonnie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Heidi What an awsome job you do. That is a great program and Im sure a tremendous help to these people

  • I AM
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Darls: I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a post-secondary (honours) graduate. I am a permanent full-time employee. I am a home owner. I am surrounded by tons of friends. I am a landlady with tenants who LOVE to live in my apartment. I have bi-polar disorder. I have never been and will never be locked away in any institution - hospital or penal. br Please, I beg of you, get informed remove your blinders.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Personally I would not want to live in Darls apartment. It's obvious to me and I'm sure to others that she definitely has anger management problems. Am I jumping to conclusions about someone I know something about, you say?? Well, obviously SO IS SHE.

  • Janiece
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    If Ms. Jones could re-read the article she may see that this service is provided by the mental health association. It does not 'fast track' these people into more or better services ahead of anyone else. The 'specialists' are part of CMHA and as far as I can tell, act as liaison between the mentally ill person leaving the penitentiary and services on the outside.

  • darls
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    my question is why are mentally ill people on the streets in the first place ...shouldn't they be in the waterford...and as we all know alot of these crimanals hide behind being mentally ill ...and why would anyone want someone like that living in their basement apartment...

  • Nicole
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    I'm the mother of two small children and I have a basement apartment in my house, and no I would not rent to someone from HMP or someone with a known mental illness. you've gotta be kidding me!

  • Addictions worker
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    What scares the bejesus out of me is the fact that someone with your antiquated, and quite frankly ignorant, attitudes works with (or against) 'these people.'