Mayor Amarjeet Sohi made his case; the City of Edmonton is doing what it can to make transit safer, but, without more help from the feds and the province, it won’t be enough.
As council wrapped up debate on the monthly update on transit safety, Sohi took the opportunity to send a pointed message to both the federal government and Premier Danielle Smith.
“I can comfortably say to Edmontonians that we are doing what we can,” said Sohi. “We always look for more opportunities to do what we can. We can help stabilize the situation, maybe reduce disorder and crime somewhat in public places, LRT and downtown. But, as long as the underlying causes go unresolved, we would not be able to truly build a safe city for everyone. That’s the challenge. We will work with anyone who wants to work with us to make life better and improve safety for all Edmontonians.
“But I do not think we should be under any illusion that what we are doing will truly make a huge difference in safety. We will do what we can. But, until those underlying root causes are tackled, we will continue to face these challenges.”
He said that the City is trying to balance the needs of the public at large with the needs of vulnerable populations “who are struggling, not because of their own fault, but because of societal issues and what has been done to people over decades and, in some cases centuries, and the trauma some of those people continue to experience because of what had happened at one time to them.”