Poverty - previously the plight of vulnerable people and the those in need was left to the provincial and federal governments. Though those two governing bodies do take the lead in providing services, the City needs to increase support for service groups and support agencies and facilities.
The City has a humanitarian responsibility to help to improve peoples' lives who struggle to help themselves. We cannot continue to have people living in bus shelters. Panhandling needs to decrease. These can only be addressed through investment and partnerships with service agencies, mental wellness initiatives, and through truth and reconciliation - for the people, by the people.
Ryback recognizes the needs and is committed to learning and listening, supporting, and seeking solutions to improve the journey of those struggling and in need.