THUNDER BAY – Another step in the right direction. Friday night, Mackenzie Street might have been re-named Guardian Angel Avenue. A team of dedicated Guardian Angels invested their Friday night into making Thunder Bay a safer place for the people living in the Evergreen neighbourhood.
The street, sadly well known for the sex trade, that has many local residents worried about the safety of their young children is often very busy on Friday nights.
Last night, a combination of Thunder Bay Police Service patrols, and the Guardian Angels staking their turf along Mackenzie Street appeared to have wound down business for the night.
The effort that started several weeks ago has rapidly gained the attention of both the neighbours, and some of the people who seem to feel it is their right to sell drugs, and lure young underage girls into the sex trade. One of the locals according to police called them to complain that the Guardian Angels were in the neighbourhood again.
The Guardian Angels plan to keep up the pressure, and are planning a barbeque later in July to celebrate with the local residents.
Ian Hodgekinson and the Guardian Angels have made some solid friends, and are gaining new volunteers in the neighbourhood. It appears however that some of the local drug trade workers are completely unimpressed. Local residents however are increasingly happy to see action ongoing to make their neighbourhood safer.