Today was the last day for the Kraut King restaurant to operate downtown on Garry Street. Both owners complained about drunks and violence driving their business away.
From Global News
Co-owner Raven Thundersky tells Global News going to work can be terrifying.
“Having the phone to my ear, calling 911 and a machine kicking in, and seeing four guys from the hotel down the street coming towards us and thinking I’m dead, we’re dead.”
Even the Global News reporters had to call the police about threats when they were doing their reports.
One of the owners reported being assaulted and robbed. The other owner thought her own life was at risk.
It wasn't too long that Wild Planet was driven out of the downtown. It isn't acceptable that businesses are being driven out by danger.
This isn't the perception of danger either but actual danger that is not just anecdotal but shown in statistics.
All candidates in the coming federal, provincial and civil elections will have to address in specifics what they think should be done. Sam Katz has been mayor for a while. The problem is worse now. He can't simply pass the buck when Winnipeg stands out as trending in the opposite direction on crime. Greg Selinger can't ignore the situation either. No elected MLA or councillor in the city can say that they are doing all they can when things are said to be worse, not better.
Results are going to be the proof that people look for and we are not seeing that when hardworking business people and their clients flee and area of the downtown.
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