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Edmonton man asks UCP to do more to make transit safer

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A man who says he was attacked while exiting an LRT terminal in Edmonton is calling on the UCP government to do more to help homeless, addicted and violent people.

Rob Nicol said he was hit several times around 8:45 p.m. Saturday as he stepped off a train and walked through Southgate Station.

“I saw a man urinating openly on the sidewalk, standing maybe two feet away from the door,” he recalled.

“I walked past him and tried to keep his urine off my shoes and said, ‘What’s wrong? Can you pee somewhere?'”

Nicole said he kept walking, but the man followed him.

“After I heard him yelling from behind me, he hit me in the back of the head,” he said. “He was asking, ‘Do you have more to say? Do you have more to say?’ And just kept throwing more punches.”

Nicole said the attacker continued to pursue him down the sidewalk and hit him at least twice. He has his two black eyes and scars on the front and back of his head.

Nicholl isn’t angry with the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) or the city of Edmonton, but he feels there are serious safety issues on the streets of Alberta’s capital city.

He suspects the attacker may be dealing with addiction, homelessness, or both. Nicole is more concerned with the bigger issues driving people like him on a whim than with him being arrested.

“More and more people are unable to find housing and have no support. Good luck if you become addicted. State governments are gone and safe places of consumption have closed. That activity is now shifting to the transit center,” he said.

Other transit raids

Nicole isn’t the only one to experience violence in Edmonton’s transportation system this year.

Seniors in April Pushed onto the tracks of the Edmonton LRT in what police called a “violent gratuitous assault”. She filed her $1.1 million lawsuit against Edmonton and her ETS in June.

In May, two women in British Columbia Randomly assaulted on a bus in EdmontonA 35-year-old woman was indicted in this case.

And in September, a man was arrested for violating the Mental Health Act. Suspicion of pointing a flare gun A bus driver at the Westmount Transit Center.

“I am a big believer in the value of the public transport system,” said Nicole.

“What’s the solution? Buy real, evidence-based solutions from state governments.”

Nicholl is currently waiting to speak to a city council member about his experience, but he hopes the city has adequate resources to address the overt drug use, public urination and violence he sees on his daily commute. I don’t think so.

“I shouldn’t let one incident like that stop me from living my life in the best way, no matter how detrimental and terrifying it is,” he said.

“We will continue to support the police.”

May, Minister of Justice Tyler Shandro ordered Mayor Amarjeet Sohi Create a downtown and transit safety plan.

Sohi announced in April 21 new traffic cops It also said the city is adding more community outreach transit teams specializing in mental health, addiction and housing.

in October, State announces $187 million Over two years spent in addiction services and housing assistance.

“Keeping our communities safe while treating addiction as a medical problem is a priority for the government,” said Colin Aitchison of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction in a statement. We are taking important steps to address it.” on thursday.

“We will continue to support law enforcement to keep our communities safe while treating addiction as a medical problem by focusing on recovery-oriented solutions to the addiction crisis.”

Nicholl said he’s noticed more security at the transit center in recent months, but it’s still not enough.

Using files from David Ewasuk of CTV News Edmonton

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