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#379334 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by LJ on 20 April 2017 - 07:58 PM

I was at Walmart today, just as I was getting out of the car a guy in his late 20's comes up to me and starts in with a story about how he lost his job and needs some cash to put gas in his car. As I'm semi listening to him I see the sign at Walmart saying "now hiring all positions, full time, part time"

 

I point him toward the sign and he says "I'm not working at Walmart"

 

I denied his request for aid.


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#383374 [Bicycles] Bike lanes and cycling infrastructure in Victoria and the south Is...

Posted by shoeflack on 15 May 2017 - 09:18 AM

You know, it's honestly so sad really to see the constant anti-bike sentiment here. Such a North American way of thinking to need an instant return on investment with these bike lanes. What ever happened to planting a tree under whose shade you don't expect to sit.

 

I can walk by any number of modern buildings in Victoria, something we always champion as being a positive for the City, that have empty ground floor commercial space. Does that make those buildings a failure? Sure, it wasn't public dollars spent, but it's the same principle.

 

What about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Was he a fool for creating the Interstate Highway System? Building massive road infrastructure that he would never see reach it's full potential in his lifetime? But something that no one can now argue was a failure.

 

It takes time for projects to reach their full potential. This is called pro-active planning. We bemoan the Mackenzie Interchange as being reactive planning, yet we now bemoan this pro-active planning as well? Complaining for the sake of complaining if I've ever seen it.


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#398894 Mental illness and addiction in Victoria

Posted by Sparky on 22 August 2017 - 05:10 AM

We have to stabilize people, and there are major doubts, in my opinion, when it comes to services for treatment and addictions care. You don’t have to look far to see there are not many services.

 

So here lies the problem that Victoria is facing. Is there a lack of services..... or is there too many users who come here because of the enhanced hobo lifestyle that politics has provided for them?

 

When we fail to uphold the law, anarchy appears. (slap a "goog" on that and refresh your memory on what anarchy means)

 

When anarchy appears, law abiding citizens get nervous and ask their law enforcement people to perform their duties.

 

When law enforcement suggests that the root cause of the problem is political and seek to divert our attention towards politics instead of performing their duties.....then there can be a perception of law enforcement being infected by politics.

 

A law without a penalty is only a suggestion.

 

Unless we enforce the laws that our society has placed upon us all .......standby for some more anarchy.


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#325461 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by HB on 11 July 2016 - 07:08 AM

HOMELESS DEPOT

CLOSING FOREVER

EVERYTHING MUST GO

FINAL DAY AUG 8 2016

ALL ITEMS FINAL SALE

BIKE PARTS

TENTS

BIKE PARTS
ROTTEN CLOTHES

BIKE PARTS

HUMAN FECAL MATTER

BIKE PARTS

DRUG PARAPHENILIA

LIVE RATS

SHOPPING CARTS

WEAPONS

STOLEN PROPERTY

DO NOT MISS THIS EPIC EVENT


 


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#406263 Lisa Helps | Victoria | Mayor

Posted by David Bratzer on 12 October 2017 - 11:20 PM

Mayor Helps and her crew are off on another junket trip to China and Japan. She continues to promote U-bicycle, the company with the recent SFU grad CEO and Victoria investment backing, as her example of Chinese investment in Victoria and justification for another trip.

 

https://www.vicnews....to-china-japan/

 

The following letter to the editor was published in the Times-Colonist newspaper on September 18, 2012:

 

Re: "Local delegation planning Asia trip," Sept 15.
 
Victoria's mayor and city manager are planning a trip to China in October to "strengthen economic and educational ties." They've applied to the province to fund travel costs.
 
In 2010, the province paid for the cost of flights. Who paid for the rest in 2010? Was it Victoria taxpayers?
 
If anyone goes to China, it should be the Greater Victoria Development Agency - that's its job. In the meantime, the City of Victoria and its politicians and officials should be focused on building the local economy.
 
I had an email from a landlord on upper Fort Street wondering what the city could do to create a better business climate for her tenants. If we want to attract investment from China or elsewhere, let's put the City of Victoria's energy - and taxpayers dollars - into making Victoria a business destination, not a city of increasingly vacant storefronts.
 
So, how about a trade delegation to upper Fort?
 
Lisa Helps
Victoria city councillor

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#364453 Mental illness and addiction in Victoria

Posted by JennKa on 29 January 2017 - 07:04 PM

I have lost my patience with the DT population who make their substance-induced psychosis everyone else's problem. Too many confrontations. Thursday evening we were waiting for a bus and my kid and I were asked for a quarter by a very animated and aggressive guy with a bike. My kid and I both said, no sorry we don't have any change and my daughter even gave him a smile. We turned back around to look at the window display we had been interrupted discussing only to have this guy come right up to our backsides and point his finger into my head like a gun, saying yeah f--- you you don't DONATE **** I know your type blah blah. My daughter freaked (she's 9) and I turned around and got between them, was super angry and asked him, "What did you just say?" He backed off and then as soon as we turned around again he came at us swinging his bike. A man passing by stepped in. I'm so done with this BS. I've started carrying two types of protection because I feel vulnerable without it. Little does this guy know we donate food, toiletries and clothing through the year to Our Place. We care about the homeless population. However, I am DONE taking this **** from the aggressive active addicts in our city core.
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#329454 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by SimonH on 05 August 2016 - 02:35 PM

Wife and I have just returned from downtown. We were approached by a pan handler asking for food money, we politely declined. He responded by saying he hopes we effing choke on our next meal. 

 

We'll be eating dinner around 7 pm this evening.

 

This may be my last post.


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#410560 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by Sparky on 10 November 2017 - 05:31 AM

Gently fellas. Great topic. Tone is everything. I tend to lean towards Cassidy's line of thinking. The courthouse lawn camp was a setup in my opinion. 

 

The original little old lady that was the first to plant a tent was a shill. She apparently went on record as much on some newscast where she stated that she had an arrangement with the local sheriff. (by that I mean the sheriff that runs the security at the law courts) She was told by him in the very early days that if anyone should come along and ask her to leave (by that I mean police or bylaw officers) that she would direct that discussion towards the sheriff. 

 

Now even if that were the case and the fix was in, the behaviour portrayed by the subsequent free love crowd was appalling, and in my mind any self respecting peace officer would have pulled out a few goodies out of his bag of tricks (read other statutes instead of the law that says it is your god given right to have a nice night's sleep at every one else's expense) and grabbed these lawn warriors every time they so much as layed down a piece of litter. 

 

Then after a serious scrubbing of their prior activities down at the station hall, a decision could could have been made wether or not to drop them off back at the court house...... only this time at the porte cochere in order to receive a nudge from the judge. 

 

In simple terms if the desire was there to control that thing....the tools were readily available. In this case I think what we saw was that the authorities having jurisdiction simply let go of the reigns.....in order to fulfill a personal agenda.....just like they did with the pot shops.


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#400476 Lisa Helps | Victoria | Mayor

Posted by Sparky on 03 September 2017 - 03:50 PM

I didn't settle here. I was born here. This topic should have been discussed with my ancestors when they were alive and had the opportunity to discuss this in person.

I can't speak to their actions, and I certainly haven't budgeted for paying for them. We are all citizens of the world and we all should be able to live our lives without being subject to racism.

Who owns what and how they came to claim ownership has varied over time. In the distant past it could have been whoever was stronger made the decision. Today we use a judicial system. In the future we may revert to a system that was similar to our past. Until then .........get away from me.


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#380218 Municipal Property Taxes

Posted by Rob Randall on 26 April 2017 - 09:15 AM

So why have property taxes in Saanich gone up so much?

 

They forgot to cancel their Spector 360 license.


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#369744 Lisa Helps | Victoria | Mayor

Posted by Mike K. on 27 February 2017 - 02:01 PM

Quiet, you non-voter status Saanichianite.

 

j/k

 

It's not just Topaz, nagel. It's also tent city, it's the way businesses have been treated regarding Biketoria, the comment that criminals are desperate not dangerous, it's the Elsner situation, it's the swearing-in ceremony and the unnecessary drama that stemmed from it, it's the gross mishandling of the marijuana dispensaries, it's the lack of foresight into our downtown parking situation, it's the criminal activity on our streets, and its the general sense that if you don't subscribe to the mayor's point of view, you're not afforded a point of view.

 

That's what has individuals upset with the mayor, not just Topaz.


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#352637 2018 City of Victoria election

Posted by Stephen Andrew on 29 November 2016 - 11:02 AM

Well, figured I should weigh in on this rather than be an observer.

First, and I know this sounds like a political answer that I would have been all over if anyone who said this to me on my old show, at this time I have no intention of running for mayor in 2018 as of this moment. You heard it here first!

As for Council, today I can say I have no idea. It's a fluid situation. Some days I see stuff coming from the council chamber that truly worries me and I have this urge to weigh in and say my bit. Other days I shake my head in sadness and wonder if there's any hope for reason. Depending on the day I have different thoughts of what the future may bring for me and if I could add a significant contribution.

I learned a lot from the 2014 campaign...

It's not easy to run (I've never done anything that's easy), it's costly, and it takes an emotional toll. As a journalist I did not fully comprehend how tough it can be on the candidate and their family. It's a decision that the individual cannot make alone.

I knocked on hundreds of doors and it was the most exciting and interesting part of the campaign. The conversations at the door were enlightening and provided more insight to the needs and concerns in our city than I discovered on air. Partly that was a time factor and partly because nothing is a substitute for in person dialogue. That experience would certainly assist any potential run.

But, there's also the political climate.

Dan Miller told me during the campaign I have no chance. "It's all about party politics " he proffered as we were standing in line for coffee. I told him what I honestly believe; partisan politics has no place in municipal government. Sadly, the reality is that is not the case. To run you need party support. I do not have party affiliation.

It's strange, even puzzling, to hear people determine my politics for me. I've been called "right wing", "a green supporter" and even "a lefty". I hope I never have to make that decision and any possible future run would have include a cleaner communication in that area.

As to the current field? If the slate become unmanageable, it will favour the incumbent. Dean Fortin lost 2014 in the last week of the campaign. A smaller field secures it for the incumbent if she decides to run again.

I know Marianne Alto is interested in the Mayor's seat. Like Margaret Lucas and Charleyne Thornton-Joe, Alto doesn't live in Victoria. From what I understand she moved from one Saanich location to another. It's one thing to own property,
It's another to live in the municipality. Is there any other council in the region that has three non residents? Having said that, I'm not sure voters care.

I doubt Geoff Young will run for mayor - he's been down that road.

Ben Isitt traveled it too. He did far better than anyone could have imagined, but at the time there was no significant other left of centre candidate.

And finally, anyone who runs is at a disadvantage as they have to work or forgo income during the run. Incumbents have luxury of not having to worry about the impact on their pocketbooks.

Perhaps my thoughts don't make guessing any easier other than I will not be running for mayor.
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#337147 2018 City of Victoria election

Posted by Rob Randall on 16 September 2016 - 09:38 AM

I'll put it out there again:

 

I was runner-up in the 2008 election. If you want inside tips on how you too can also be a runner-up, I would be pleased to pass along some helpful guidance.


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#336782 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by Awaiting Juno on 14 September 2016 - 02:32 PM

Large scale, low-barrier housing without adequate buffers/regulations is a massive policy fail.  Tent cities and slums do not solve the problem and are worse than "warehousing" or soft-incarceration as there are no protections for those nearby.  Compassion that leads to enablement is harmful.  Sacrificing one city so all others don't have to do their share to solve the problem is a betrayal of those who elected the mayor and council to office.  More rehab beds would've bed a much better investment.  More resources for those who complete rehab to address recidivism would have been better.  More legal aid.  More emergency funds for those at risk of homelessness.  Instead, we've just spent a bunch of money, on a group that is unlikely to even appreciate it, much less actually turn their lives around.  And exactly how are we measuring the success of Mt. Edwards and CCH - or are we measuring it at all?

 

And why exactly do we need to place these facilities in the heart of what should be high-value areas where business and tourism should dominate?


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#330520 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by VicHockeyFan on 12 August 2016 - 03:22 PM

I'm afraid the homeless problem is such that adding 300 campers into housing just means there's space for 300 more in our parks.  I can't see the total going down.  It'll take a concentrated and holistic approach not only in the city but across the country.  Otherwise we'll still be the magnet. 

 

So is there any appetite to reduce the magnet conditions we have here?  Is there any desire to make this place less attractive to the homeless, while at the same time supporting the homeless?  The higher barriers to services that I've advocated for here over and over again.  

 

The carrot/stick solutions.

 

A reduction in the cost of caring for the homeless, by increasing volunteerism and work by the homeless to take care of themselves and their community.  A move to empower them to take care of themselves, instead of just handing them all kinds of benefits with no means test, or payback.

 

And a way out of the drug cycle.  I'm pretty sure 147 living together in low-barrier housing on Johnson does not support a move away from addictions.


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#317608 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by pennymurphy2000 on 23 May 2016 - 08:29 PM

After reading Megan Jezewski's letter in the TC yesterday, I honestly don't know where to begin.

 

Referring to discarded drug paraphernalia as impolite, is beyond ignorant.

Impolite is when someone doesn't hold the door open for you. 

Syringes on the sidewalk and hidden in the grass is dangerous, and not simply inconvenient. You are the same Megan Jezewski who worked for AIDS Vancouver Island are you not? I am sure they are thrilled with your lack of retention for basic facts regarding infectious diseases and how they are spread. 

 

Vibrant community? Perhaps you can clarify which parts are vibrant? The multiple overdoses? The beating with baseball bats? The stabbings? I think we are going to have to go with the police on this one. This is not a safe community. 

 

Here is the thing that you, Ashley, Eko, and others need to realize. We honestly don't care what you think. We don't care that you are disappointed. You don't live in the neighbourhood. You don't have children at the school. You aren't parishioners. So you don't get to tell us that we need to be more patient, or compassionate. 

 

The Cathedral has been incredibly supportive. To say otherwise is beyond ridiculous. Dean Tucker has been working and advocating for the poor for longer than you have been on the planet. It is disrespectful to call her unchristian and it is completely false.

 

I am sorry if that is hard for you to hear. You will outgrow the phase of believing that everything you think is correct. But it is past your bedtime and it is time for the adults to talk. 

 

Penny Murphy


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#311184 The Victoria crime thread

Posted by David Bratzer on 21 April 2016 - 01:48 PM

Today the BC Human Rights Tribunal issued its decision in my case: Bratzer v. Victoria Police Department (No. 3).
 
The decision is a victory for employee rights in British Columbia. Here is a brief summary of key points:
 
• The Tribunal determined that employers have a duty to accommodate the political beliefs of employees (paragraph 323).
 
• The Tribunal recognized that the protection offered by the Code for political belief includes not only the belief itself but also the manner of expression (paragraphs 274 and 276).
 
• The Tribunal ruled that employers cannot force their employees to ask for permission in advance of expressing their political beliefs (paragraph 401).
 
• The Tribunal recognized the right of police officers to participate in political advocacy and in the affairs of a political party (paragraphs 321 and 386).
 
• The Tribunal found the actions of Chief Jamie Graham (retired) were motivated by his antipathy toward “left wingers” (paragraphs 122, 123, 218, 220, 223, 224, 349, 320, 350, 351, 394 and 424).
 
• VicPD has been ordered to pay $20,000 for injury to dignity, the highest ever award for a political belief case in Canada (paragraphs 437 and 438).
 
It’s been a long road. Thank you to my family, colleagues and friends for all their support. I enjoy Vibrant Victoria and I'm looking forward to participating more now.

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#302379 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by aastra on 26 February 2016 - 11:04 AM

Just so this whole exercise wasn't a complete waste of everyone's time, can we at least agree on the big lesson that was learned? The "third world slum" model doesn't work, isn't safe, isn't clean, and actually aggravates many of the issues that need to be addressed. Whenever this model is promoted again it must be pointed out that it was a dysfunctional mess for several months on the courthouse lawn. Logic dictates that it should be a non-starter from this point forward. And it was never the sort of thing that a modern western city should have been aspiring to develop in the first place. If the idea of human beings huddled together on pallets on a muddy field floats your boat then suffice it to say, you don't have much respect for human beings.

 

I have a real problem with the entire premise whereby supposedly innovative solutions must = shantytowns of tents and/or doghouses. This format is undignified and uncivilized by its very nature and there are immediate hygiene and safety issues, as we've all seen. If we're going to offer free homes then we should do it right. No clumsy improvisation. The dwellings must be sited in an appropriate area and be purpose-built, safe, clean, dry and properly maintained. Anything less only perpetuates a culture of indignity. That culture of indignity might be politically useful to some people but for the vast majority of us it's no good for anything.


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#301969 [Burnside Gorge] Selkirk Waterfront Community | Built - completed in 2015

Posted by HB on 24 February 2016 - 07:19 AM

BCFP Mill


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#380726 2017 BC General Election + subsequent fallout

Posted by Awaiting Juno on 28 April 2017 - 10:12 AM

I think the NDP have a serious problem.  There's an article over on the Tyee on why a person is choosing to vote Green, and the comment section is just a complete demonstration of why the NDP needs to take a long hard look at itself.  I think a lot of potential Green voters are would be Liberal voters who, for a bunch of very good reasons cannot or will note vote Liberal but would not vote NDP.  Yet, the NDP are out in force saying that Green voters are vote splitters who will cost the NDP the election - and I have to wonder, if a voter wasn't going to vote NDP but Liberal, why the heck wouldn't that be a vote that the NDP should support?  Even if it is a would be NDP vote that has gone Green, again why not support the exercise of democratic duty.  In my view anyone who spends enough time to think about the parties, the candidates and then votes - has done their duty and should be supported in doing that duty.  But apparently, not only are the NDP the party of NO, they're also the party of vote for us, or don't vote at all?    


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