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#23081 aastra

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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


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#23082 Mike K.

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Posted 08 June 2021 - 02:55 PM

^nerd.


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#23083 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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#23084 zoomer

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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

#23085 sebberry

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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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#23086 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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#23087 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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#23088 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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#23089 A Girl is No one

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 05:01 PM

This describes almost everyone of my trips downtown for the past two years (yes before COVID). Unused to LOVE downtown. Now I avoid it.
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#23090 mbjj

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 06:21 PM

Been downtown a couple of times recently. Sooo many weirdos down there, not a pleasant experience. 



#23091 JimV

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 06:54 AM

They’re everywhere.  Here’s another one, same day.  On Friday evening we were walking down Toronto street to a restaurant.  Near the intersection at Menzies was some street guy standing in the street.  He was holding a guitar and speaking loudly to apparently nobody.  He also had a cart full of the usual junk.  He looked harmless and we continued on.

 

An hour and a half later we walked back up Toronto.  At mid block, before Government, were three police cars and two ambulances.  The street guy was sitting down leaning against a tree.  His face seemed to be stained red.  At first I thought they had wiped blood off his face, but it later occurred to me that it might have been pepper spray.

 

There was no sense of urgency at the scene.  No one else was around except a couple of bystanders.  The police were calm and speaking politely to him.  I didn’t see  either an assailant or a victim.  Seemed odd, given such a large response.  I don’t know what happened but clearly this was another guy who shouldn’t have been out on the streets.

 

We also saw the commotion around the attempted car jacking on Douglas.  We were in a bank lineup when people started shouting and pointing.  I couldn’t actually see the details from where I was standing.

 

So that’s three incidents in two weeks, two on the same day.  And that’s just my wife and I.  Makes you wonder how many others are going down every day.


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#23092 Mike K.

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 08:28 AM

Well, it looks like another new arrival has made a grand entrance.

Police say an Edmonton man smashed out the window of a vehicle on Pembroke Street with a hammer yesterday while a woman and her dog were inside. The dog ran away and is missing. The man smashed out a window of an adjacent vehicle prior to targeting the one with the occupant, police allege.

More details over in the crime thread.

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#23093 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 08:52 AM

that dog is going to need a stern talking to.

You can lead a dog to water, but you can’t make it learn new tricks.

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#23094 A Girl is No one

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 08:52 AM

OMG!

#23095 Barrrister

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 09:53 AM

Cannot imagine why my wife refuses to shop downtown.



#23096 Mike K.

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 09:55 AM

It sort of dispels the narrative of pit bulls being ferocious dogs when one runs away from its owner in a precarious situation.

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#23097 kitty surprise

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 11:35 AM

Should we start our very own "peopleofvictoia" thread/site? If sane Americans can take pics of omg-worthy Walmart shoppers in the US, I'm sure we can do same, only they're not contained to just Walmart here.

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#23098 pennymurphy2000

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 06:25 PM

Should we start our very own "peopleofvictoia" thread/site? If sane Americans can take pics of omg-worthy Walmart shoppers in the US, I'm sure we can do same, only they're not contained to just Walmart here.

No one would believe it. The sheer number of mentally ill people wandering around town causing mayhem is unprecedented given the actual population of Victoria. It is so nuts downtown now. I don't even feel safe driving though town anymore, let alone getting out of the car. 


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#23099 tommy

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 04:07 PM

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#23100 Nparker

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 04:22 PM

...Each week we have approximately $500 in expenses on just coin operated laundry and $150 for food...

People need to be fed while they do their laundry?

...SOLID, AVI, and PEERS outreach workers are at the site most weeks — handing out safe supplies of cigarettes and joints...

And they need "safe" cigarettes & joints?



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