The Edmonton Journal.com
May 08, 2006
EDMONTON - The American crime-fighting group the Guardian Angels received a tepid reception during its first foray into Edmonton on Sunday.
Curtis Sliwa, who founded the controversial group in the Bronx 27 years ago, strolled along 96th Street with two other members, all wearing the group's distinctive red berets and red jackets.
"Go back home, we don't need you," a drinker yelled at Sliwa at the Angels news conference outside at the corner of 96th Street and 102nd Avenue.
But a man driving a car down the street, and the hotel desk clerk behind a protective cage in the lobby of the York Hotel, both told Sliwa he was welcome.
"It is nice to see you guys here. I hope you set up shop here," the car driver said.
Before he stepped out of his car, Sliwa's offer of help was being brushed aside by both police Chief Mike Boyd and Mayor Stephen Mandel.
"I don't believe that we need the Guardian Angels here at all," Boyd said. "I think that Edmonton, the police and the community working together is the way that we should do it, and I think it's a far more co-ordinated approach to addressing public safety in the streets."
Mandel agreed there's "no need whatsoever" for an Edmonton Guardian Angels chapter.
The Guardian Angels in Edmonton? I don't think so. The Guardian Angels really don't need to be in Edmonton or perhaps even Calgary. They served a purpose in New York City afterall it's the World's largest City which had one of the World's highest crime rates for a city at the time..
In Edmonton there are already community watch groups that work along side the police where the Guardian Angels are not needed. Didn't the Guardian Angels also try to gain a foothold in Toronto?