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#761 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 09:09 AM

CO-GOVERNANCE OF MEEGAN (BEACON HILL) PARK Explore co-governance of Meegan (Beacon Hill) Park and shoreline areas with the Lekwungen speaking people




#762 Nparker

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 09:16 AM

I am not sure one could say the CoV currently shows any governance of Beacon Hill Park.

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#763 Barrrister

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 11:19 AM

This is just a scheme for the left to transfer blame for the park to a different group composed of their friends so they can continue to do as they want. This is just evil.

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#764 A Girl is No one

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Posted 21 December 2020 - 08:53 AM

And FNs are beyond reproach or even criticism for anything in this day and age. So perfect!

#765 aastra

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Posted 21 December 2020 - 09:50 AM

Obviously this is just theatrics and there's no noble intention behind it. But the irony is, if there were actual true co-governance it could easily backfire on the CoV and end up benefiting the park and people in a huge way (assuming the new co-governor actually cares one bit about the park's identity as a park). What would the CoV do in that case? Would they openly fight against their co-governors?


Heck, maybe we'll be enjoying yet another heaping dose of cognitive dissonance before too long? Invite co-governance today, but then battle every potential positive outcome of co-governance tomorrow? Voila, another manufactured crisis and controversy, for no other purpose but to make heads spin.


But aastra! If co-governance were legitimate we would expect the partners to be perfectly in sync with their initiatives, right? We would expect the partners to automagically want the exact same things to happen?*


*not in a million years

#766 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:11 PM

Once-progressive Friends of Beacon Hill Park used to fight for the marginalized. What happened?
The group was founded to protect a section of the park from a homophobic backlash. Now it finds itself fighting against a different marginalized group.
It was the late eighties, and the people of Victoria were up in arms: gay men were rumoured to be using the wooded section in Beacon Hill Park’s southeastern corner for hookups. 

“Local residents have complained that the Cook Street-Dallas Road section of the park is not safe,” the Times Colonist reported in September of 1989.


“They said that prostitutes frequent the area and homosexuals meet there.” 


The fact that the noise, drinking, and speeding up and down the road was much more likely due to teenagers drinking on Dallas Road beach than gay men trying to keep a low profile was lost in the rush to clear out the park. A proposal was put forth to clear the trees and bushes from the park’s wooded corner.


“They wanted to evict the gays from the woods,” Roy Fletcher recalls.


Into the witch hunt stepped Roy’s sister, Anne Fletcher, at the head of a fearless, progressive group. Calling themselves the Friends of the Southeast Woods—they would later change the name to the more inclusive Friends of Beacon Hill Park—the group fought hard against the fear-mongering and prejudice that was pushing the city to crack down on vulnerable people. Roy, a survey engineer, drew up an environmental map, and the group led hundreds of people on walks through the woods to show that it was safe, and to demonstrate what would be lost if it was cleared away. They spoke at council meetings and to the media. 


“Don’t hide behind the issue of homosexuals,” activist Betty Gibbens said at the time. “If people are nervous they can go someplace else.”





Edited by Victoria Watcher, 04 March 2021 - 01:13 PM.

#767 kitty surprise

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:28 PM


Once-progressive Friends of Beacon Hill Park used to fight for the marginalized. What happened?



Okay but then it needs to acknowledged the differences between the groups - a group of people who discreetly and temporarily meet with specific others of same group, and in very specific areas only, maybe leaving a condom behind - versus a group of people, who aggressively and violently interact with anyone, and live (squat?) all over the park, leaving incalculable trash and tears in their wake.  


As a gay man I do not appreciate how this article is pointing fingers saying if they did it for us they should do the same for them. Comparing apples and oranges?

Edited by kitty surprise, 04 March 2021 - 01:32 PM.

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#768 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 02:21 PM

it’s a strange comparison.

#769 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 March 2021 - 03:22 PM





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