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#23061 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 03:01 PM

An upcoming basketball tournament is forcing B.C. Housing to relocate 43 temporary shelter residents from the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre to a vacant Saanich hospital.

The centre was secured as a shelter site on a four-month lease in late January and, at the time, B.C. Housing said a lease extension was a possibility pending discussions with the centre’s owner, GSL group. But, on Monday, it was announced the centre is needed for hosting the International Basketball Federation Olympic Qualifying Tournament, June 29 to July 4.

The Mount Tolmie Hospital shelter, located at 3690 Richmond Rd., will be a big step up in terms of privacy and stability, said David Eby, Attorney General and minister responsible for housing. The site has been secured for 12 months and, instead of sleeping in open-air pods, residents will get their own rooms.

https://www.vicnews....ball-qualifier/

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 07 June 2021 - 03:01 PM.


#23062 spanky123

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 03:22 PM

^ I am guessing BC Housing consulted with the neighbours!



#23063 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 03:24 PM

seems a long way from services. hopefully there is an on-demand downtown shuttle bus.
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#23064 JimV

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 03:49 PM

seems a long way from services. hopefully there is an on-demand downtown shuttle bus.

Might not be necessary.  The foraging should be pretty good around Shelbourne Plaza and I expect there are a lot of unsecured dumpsters in which to light sacred fires.



#23065 spanky123

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 04:06 PM

^ I am guess the extra 40 spaces on Russell St that these folks were supposed to move into still has hvac 'issues'. 



#23066 LJ

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 07:33 PM

On Jeopardy this evening under the category of "Good News" came this question.

 

"What Canadian province purchased a hotel to house the homeless?"

 

The contestant got the right answer.

 

I guess it could be considered good news if it is not your tax dollars being spent.  


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#23067 Mike K.

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 06:21 AM

There’s a screen grab on our Facebook page. Crazy.

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#23068 spanky123

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 06:31 AM

On Jeopardy this evening under the category of "Good News" came this question.

 

"What Canadian province purchased a hotel to house the homeless?"

 

The contestant got the right answer.

 

I guess it could be considered good news if it is not your tax dollars being spent.  

 

Of course there was only one right answer.



#23069 Rob Randall

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 10:28 AM

The category was “Some Good News” and the exact phrasing was:

 

“In 2020, this Canadian province purchased a hotel in the capital of Victoria to house its homeless population”

 

And it was answered correctly, unlike the last time Victoria made Jeopardy.

 

https://www.citynews...n-homelessness/


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#23070 Nparker

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 10:29 AM

"a" hotel?


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#23071 Mike K.

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 10:31 AM

Lol, right. "A" hotel. Who writes Jeopardy's questions?


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#23072 Greg

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 11:35 AM

As typical for Jeopardy, the "real" question is "Victoria is the capital of which Canadian Province?"


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Posted 08 June 2021 - 01:49 PM

 

And it was answered correctly, unlike the last time Victoria made Jeopardy.

 

In just the past couple of weeks there was another one, something along the lines of: "The city of Victoria is on this island across the strait from Washington State." The guy got it right.

 

Edit: it was the May 28 episode:

 

 

A favorite with boaters, Haro Strait lies between Washington State & this Canadian island that's home to the city of Victoria


Edited by aastra, 08 June 2021 - 02:01 PM.

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#23074 Mike K.

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 02:55 PM

^nerd.


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#23075 Rob Randall

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 03:01 PM

I think clue writers love to trip up contestants by laying the old trap: Vancouver/Victoria: which one's the capital, and which one's on an island and what's the name of the island, Victoria or Vancouver. 


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Posted 08 June 2021 - 08:31 PM

Monday - June 14th: rooming house at 1176 Yates will be coming down. NOT carefully deconstructed by hand btw. The total number of units is 46 - modular housing. Here’s one example of modular supportive housing - Orca Housing in Parksville:

https://youtu.be/Cx5KNV7_mXQ

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 09:11 PM

Monday - June 14th: rooming house at 1176 Yates will be coming down. NOT carefully deconstructed by hand btw. The total number of units is 46 - modular housing. Here’s one example of modular supportive housing - Orca Housing in Parksville:

https://youtu.be/Cx5KNV7_mXQ

 

Kimpton walks away with 1.7m and didn't have to follow city orders.  Not a bad deal.

 

 


The owner of a dilapitated house at 1176 Yates has 60 days to fix it, or demolish it. 

Bylaw officers told Victoria council the old rooming house has been empty since 2003 after it was condemned because of unapproved work that left the house structurally compromised.

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https://www.iheartra...sh-it-1.8784549

 


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#23078 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 08:04 AM

Oregon communities must rewrite local rules to allow Oregonians to sit, lie, sleep and keep warm and dry on public property in most circumstances.

 

House Bill 3115, which passed the Senate on Wednesday afternoon and is en route to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, is a response to a 2018 landmark homelessness case that impacted most Western states with an intent to better support individuals experiencing homelessness.

 

While local governments should already be following rules set forth by the case known as Martin v. Boise, the bill, written at the behest of House Speaker Tina Kotek, forces cities to officially change any ordinance language still on the books to be in line with the court decision.

 

In its ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said governments cannot criminalize conduct that is unavoidable as a result of experiencing homelessness. To punish a homeless individual for sleeping outside when there aren’t enough shelter beds would be comparable to punishing that individual for the fact that they are homeless, a consequence the court described as cruel and unusual.

 

 

 


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#23079 LJ

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 07:53 PM

^All you would have to do is include the caveat that in exchange for this nice shelter they had to abide by the rules and pitch in to help out the shelter, cooking, cleaning etc.


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#23080 JimV

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 04:00 PM

Another slice of life in our fair city:  My wife and I walked downtown this morning. On Government near Broughton a tall, scruffy, shambling character with crazy blue eyes approached us.  My wife smiled and said good morning.  He croaked out F***k you both.  I was tempted to kick him in the kneecap but it would have been more trouble than it was worth.  Judging from his walk somebody else may have had the same idea.  So we walked on, and heard him croaking similar greetings at the top of his lungs to others.  Yeah, he was probably mentally ill.  Boo hoo, I’m sick of this kind of trash roaming around the city.


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