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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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#325461 Victoria homelessness issues

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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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#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.




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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#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

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#380004 Victoria home prices and housing values

Posted by FirstTimeHomeCrier on 25 April 2017 - 01:54 PM

I was lucky and managed to snag one of the ~20 condos under $250,000 in the area (only 9 of which are cat-friendly and over 500 sq feet). A previous offer on it collapsed and it was sitting stagnant, which is how I avoided a bidding war. It's 2-bedrooms, about 800 sq feet, in Esquimalt. It needs work to be perfect, but it's not bad. The only thing I'm a bit choked about is shared laundry (it's free and right by my unit, but there's only two of each machine for a building with 21 units). I was finding anything with in suite laundry was going in a bidding war for $300,000. And since we're getting booted from our rental at the end of June, I had to either buy what I could afford today or find a new rental and put off buying for another year.

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#361505 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by HB on 14 January 2017 - 10:42 AM

The reason I decided to film these scenes is that I wanted to shock people in decision making capacities to do something about it.

Seeing it this way forces people to see that there is an issue here. Its not words on a newspaper describing it and its not the local news broadcaster mentioning it with their smiley face on the 6pm news.

This is something that mainstream media is too scared to film, its not newsworthy to them perhaps because its normal.

I also thought it was important for people outside of the downtown core to see what is taking place.

I see elderly ,families, women, children, students and business men and women walking by these gauntlets filth and crime everyday.

I don't like having to walk past this stuff and really feel bad for others that are forced too as well.

This City needs to act ...they are so focused on bus lanes, bike lanes and public art that they are not seeing what this city has turned into

Lisa Helps is on CFAX each Friday afternoon for an open phone segment. I urge as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity to call her on it and interrogate her about what these video show. She has been pussy footing around the issue.  I know for certain that she has seen the videos


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#334131 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by Awaiting Juno on 01 September 2016 - 10:46 AM

Josh -

There's an unhealthy divide that's developing.  Here's the problem, those paying taxes are seeing *millions* of dollars thrown at a population that has no intent of actually contributing towards society, while at the same time seeing public education systems scraping by, waits to access health restoring procedures stretching into months and years, and even relatively minor needs (epipens, other pharmaceuticals) going unmet.  As a result - it appears that the only way to extract benefits from the system is to completely opt out of contributing to it.  According to the math - if we can *save* $44k per person with a housing first strategy, we must be spending at least $65k to $70k per year on those same people in the absence of a housing first strategy.  Imagine getting a $350k public payout every 5 years and not having to contribute one thin dime.  Meanwhile, your middle class person earning $100k per year is paying at least $35k a year in taxes, and can't even get an epipen or a $15k surgery if and when they need it - need an MRI and want it in a timely way? Expect to pay out of pocket. Meanwhile, that same person has their views completely dismissed as being "lay-people" even though many have had far more first hand experience with the "difficult to house" or "impossible to house" than the person who has just dismissed them.  In many circumstances the money that is being thrown at the issue is a black hole of enablement cloaked in the costume of "harm reduction".  No one would begrudge investing in programs that give people a hand up - that truly bail out those who fall on hard times.  What is begrudged is the misguided notion that the answer to the problem is to just provide hand-outs to those who refuse to contribute to their own well being.


If you want to win people over to your utopia - you might be well served to get your head out of the ivory tower.  Take in an addict.  Try to give them what you view is needed to "get them on the right track".  And watch as that person selfishly prioritizes their addiction over everything and anything else and continually make astoundingly awful choices even when better choices are apparently.  Watch as they take all that they can, and then ask for more.  Watch as they destroy any thread of compassion you may have once had for people in their plight - as it dawns on you that for far too many, they were the architects of their own fate.  Maybe talk to the parents of some of the people you seem to think are worthy of the sacrifice being asked - talk to their brothers, their sisters.  Their sons and their daughters.  Then think about whether or not depriving all of the other things (healthcare, education, economic development) including the things that might well be a hand-up when needed is really worth it.  Perhaps even talk to a few reformed addicts - and ask them what made them change.  I very much so doubt that any of them changed while being enabled in their behaviour.  For many, it was the stark reality that they would die if they continued on the path they are on.  


Lastly, it would be very good to quit confusing taxes with charity.   

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#325360 Black Lives Matter and police shootings

Posted by Rob Randall on 10 July 2016 - 08:44 AM

I'm collecting these opinions for use in my next book: "To Be Black in America: Perspectives From Canadian White Guys on an Island in the Pacific Ocean".
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#302344 Victoria homelessness issues

Posted by Anoid on 26 February 2016 - 12:18 AM

I no longer have any sympathy. There are so many disabled and others on waiting lists for permanent subsidized housing that are struggling paying market rents and groceries. These tenters seem to want it all. Free food and subsidized rent. What of the others who are quietly struggling and causing no problems?
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#277290 [Downtown Victoria] Janion Building redevelopment | 7-storeys | Built/renovat...

Posted by JanionGuy on 21 September 2015 - 01:40 PM

A little project i've been working on… not yet complete by you will get the drift



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