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  • East ender
    March 25, 2013 - 21:33

    If this murder did,nt happen on Tessier place if would have happened in another neighbourhood,The council and the police cannot take on these big drug operations that are going on in our city but the courts again,how many of these dealers get the prison time that they should get 20 years in jail instead they get two years ,big deal when they are raking in so much cash.I live downtown all my life,who would even want to live there anymore all these homes being turned into 3-4 apartments,bed sitting rooms everywhere.It's the same as all these drug dealers driving around the city drunk,impaired by drugs speeding no insurance,not registered,My street in a race way for traffic council and our MHA (Tom) had been contacted for close to ten years now.I guess when someone is killed then the big uproar will come,when that day come it will be just poor person or child in the wrong place at the wrong time,at least with these drug dealers they are only taking theirown kind of the street.Sad when their is family left behind but sadly when you are heavy involved in this kind of crime you involve your kids,they are the ones who suffer.

  • Trent
    March 25, 2013 - 16:13

    "Osborne says this act allows such activity to be halted without police actually having to find enough evidence to get a warrant or make an arrest." This means under the pending SCAN act anyone will be able to complain about any residence and have the tenants evicted WITHOUT EVIDENCE. The people who are evicted without evidence are then left homeless, their children are put in foster care and they can't ever get another place to live because this SCAN Act eviction is public knowledge. If the police had done their proper job and found EVIDENCE of the rumours circulating about the residence on Tessier then perhaps the murder could have been prevented. We have the appropriate laws in place now, they require evidence, evidence prevents arbitrary charter violating actions. Other provinces are actively fighting against the SCAN Act which they have implemented in their communities, we should learn from them and not make this mistake, the SCAN Act is a mistake.

  • stan
    March 25, 2013 - 11:34

    What a inept government we have!!! The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act would save a lot of areas grief and crime. Our street area here in east end had a conviction for drug activity last year and got just a slap on the wrist. It would appear he is now back in business. The landlord don't really care. Tom we need you to urge those MHA's of Queen Catherine's regime to gget off their duffs and and proclaimed into law this act. PS: The mayor and crew of the city of St. John's are useless in this matter. Just afraid to take a stand as we have learned in this area!!!

  • Sceptic
    March 25, 2013 - 09:16

    “Basically, you harass the individuals out of business,” says Osborne. While I think this Act is a great initiative, and will give concerned citizens a voice, I think it is a bit of a stretch to say that had the Act been implemented it could have saved this mans life. You think the people involved would have been deterred by such an Act? They would have found another house somewhere else... And harass these individuals out of business, you say? Come on, this is complete BS. Billions of $ have been spent on "the war on drugs" in the US, and what has that achieved? More funds need to be put towards services such as support groups, addictions councelling etc.

  • concerned
    March 25, 2013 - 08:20

    Would love to be a part of the Neighbourhood association and know more about the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act. please keep us informed or make us aware of where we can take part. Thank you!

  • safer place
    March 25, 2013 - 06:56

    dont matter where you live this drug ring is always going to be a problem and the sad part about it is its going to get worse i have kids and i preach and pray to them daily about the dangers of drug use you can alert the police about the neighbourhood but they sometimes put you off because they are too busy to take the call and a good person who (rat) on these people are also taking there live in there hands cause a drug addict is a sick person that needs help so we are in a win lose situation

    • John Paul from Marystown
      March 25, 2013 - 08:01

      In some ways I agree with SAFER PLACE. Personally I'm never too upset when the drug dealers and violent criminals attack each other and take each other out. Keeps regular joe citizens that much safer when they are fighting and killing each other off. Sounds terrible, and not very Christian, but it's a truth that some people don't like to admit!