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#23261 Mike K.

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 10:15 AM

The Russell Street facility cost $9.4m, which includes its conversion to a shelter and upcoming conversion into a supportive housing building, with upwards of $2 million in operating costs annually as a shelter, but that was at 70-some capacity. It has been operating at about half that so presumably less annual operating cost.

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 10:25 AM

The Russell Street facility cost $9.4m, which includes its conversion to a shelter and upcoming conversion into a supportive housing building, with upwards of $2 million in operating costs annually as a shelter, but that was at 70-some capacity. It has been operating at about half that so presumably less annual operating cost.

 

I was referring to the future supportive housing facility which is pegged at 40 people max. You are right though, there is nowhere near 70 people currently at the temporary shelter.


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Posted 03 October 2021 - 03:31 PM

16 tents on the meridian and sidewalk outside Our Place this afternoon.

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Posted 03 October 2021 - 03:44 PM

16 tents on the meridian and sidewalk outside Our Place this afternoon.

 

Queue the buses from Duncan and Nanaimo.


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Posted 04 October 2021 - 12:02 PM

On CFAX 1070 Adam Stirling on his 9am show today made mention of an excellent article in the New York Times regarding the poverty industry, not sure if this is it, informative all the same.

 

The Homeless Shelter Executive Who Earns $1 Million a Year https://www.nytimes....ion-a-year.html

It’s Monday. We’ll look at how executives at nonprofits that run homeless shelters earned large salaries, employed family members and sometimes doubled as for-profit vendors who provided services to their charities. And we’ll look at a school in Queens that counts Japan’s new prime minister as an alumnus.



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Posted 04 October 2021 - 02:29 PM

16 tents on the meridian and sidewalk outside Our Place this afternoon.

New covid quarantine..?



#23267 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 02:51 PM

On CFAX 1070 Adam Stirling on his 9am show today made mention of an excellent article in the New York Times regarding the poverty industry, not sure if this is it, informative all the same.

 

The Homeless Shelter Executive Who Earns $1 Million a Year https://www.nytimes....ion-a-year.html

It’s Monday. We’ll look at how executives at nonprofits that run homeless shelters earned large salaries, employed family members and sometimes doubled as for-profit vendors who provided services to their charities. And we’ll look at a school in Queens that counts Japan’s new prime minister as an alumnus.

 

 

here is one with no paywall:

 

 

Since 2017, CORE has paid more than $3 million in rent money to the private company owned by Brown, according to the Times.

 

Brown also used his position to start his own security guard company, ProCORE, that operates in his shelters, his own maintenance company, CORE Facilities, that maintains the shelters, and Flavor Foods, his own catering company that feeds homeless residents in the shelters, the Times reports.

 

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As CEO of each company, Brown drew significant salaries. In 2019, he earned $520,000 total from all three companies - on top of the $529,000 wage that he received as head of the non-profit, according to the Times.

 

Records obtained by the Times show that in one year, Brown spent $460,000 on gym memberships for employees at his private firms.

 

The Times reports that Brown has employed his mother, sister, aunt, and niece at CORE. His brother is said to have pulled a six-figure salary at the non-profit.

 

'Out of more than 1,100 employees, only five are related to Jack Brown,' CORE said in a statement to the Times.

 

 

https://www.dailymai...LLION-year.html


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#23268 A Girl is No one

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 05:21 PM

here is one with no paywall:


Since 2017, CORE has paid more than $3 million in rent money to the private company owned by Brown, according to the Times.


Brown also used his position to start his own security guard company, ProCORE, that operates in his shelters, his own maintenance company, CORE Facilities, that maintains the shelters, and Flavor Foods, his own catering company that feeds homeless residents in the shelters, the Times reports.


________________




As CEO of each company, Brown drew significant salaries. In 2019, he earned $520,000 total from all three companies - on top of the $529,000 wage that he received as head of the non-profit, according to the Times.


Records obtained by the Times show that in one year, Brown spent $460,000 on gym memberships for employees at his private firms.


The Times reports that Brown has employed his mother, sister, aunt, and niece at CORE. His brother is said to have pulled a six-figure salary at the non-profit.


'Out of more than 1,100 employees, only five are related to Jack Brown,' CORE said in a statement to the Times.



https://www.dailymai...LLION-year.html

Both Carole James’ kids were employed (at salariés way above their market value) by poverty pimps.
I think it’s pretty standard.

#23269 Nparker

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 08:28 PM

Here is Stephen Andrew's account of a morning spent shadowing bylaw officers on the mean streets of Victoria.

https://www.stephena...2yPkNSBxbM1QOH8


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#23270 JimV

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 10:57 AM

Here is Stephen Andrew's account of a morning spent shadowing bylaw officers on the mean streets of Victoria.

https://www.stephena...2yPkNSBxbM1QOH8

Wow, that is stark.  Quite a contrast to the happy h*******t we hear from Lisa.  Hats off to SA for doing this.



#23271 todd

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 11:21 AM

Now the British are thumbing their nose “Why it takes 30 years to buy a house in Canada - BBC News“: https://m.youtube.co...eature=youtu.be

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 03:50 PM

Driving down Menzies street this morning I saw a guy erecting a tent in Irving Park.  Behind the fence along the sidewalk.  It was still there late this afternoon.  Maybe he figured bylaw doesn’t work on Thanksgiving or they were too busy attending the other messes in the city.  Is it starting again?


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#23273 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 03:51 PM

police should attend if bylaw is off.

you have to simply end the practice.

just like how it does not occur in the other 12 municipalities.

On September 26th the Capital Daily published a letter:


Capital Daily is airing this letter to provide a platform for a group of healthcare workers concerned about the lack of support for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

To:

Hon. Adrian Dix, Minister of Health
Hon. David Eby, Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry
Island Health Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Richard Stanwick
Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria




that included this:

4. Stop the daily displacement of unsheltered people and reinstate the 24-hour camping bylaw to allow people to shelter in place—and to access care and services.


it was only signed by one person:


With urgency,

Marilou Gagnon, RN, PhD
Professor, UVic School of Nursing

On behalf of concerned frontline health care and services workers of Victoria



https://www.capitald...service-workers



how about feakin’ UVic take in some homeless if they are so gung-ho.

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#23274 kitty surprise

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 05:34 PM

it was only signed by one person:


With urgency,

Marilou Gagnon, RN, PhD
Professor, UVic School of Nursing

On behalf of concerned frontline health care and services workers of Victoria



https://www.capitald...service-workers



how about feakin’ UVic take in some homeless if they are so gung-ho.

 

 

UVic always demands more - it's never good enough - yet when it comes to putting money where their mouth is - crickets.

 

UVic has tons of space and resources. If this is such an important cause for UVic, then why haven't they offered to help?

 

Can someone please explain this to me?


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#23275 Spy Black

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 05:43 PM

how about feakin’ UVic take in some homeless if they are so gung-ho.

Exactly … I hear that the Campus Police are brutal and fast in dealing with any tents on UVIC property. 
 

Talk about speaking out of both sides of their mouth. 
UVIC should be suspending staff without pay that try and make political hay by invoking the university’s name in support of some insane cause. 


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#23276 Nparker

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 06:16 PM

UVic dorms sat empty for a year. Were they ever offered as shelter for the "unhoused" rather than allowing them to spend the winter in city parks?


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#23277 kitty surprise

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 06:18 PM

Exactly … I hear that the Campus Police are brutal and fast in dealing with any tents on UVIC property.


Can Campus Police be redeployed to CoV parks? More realistically, can Campus Police cross train or otherwise coach Bylaw?

#23278 On the Level

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 07:21 PM

UVic always demands more - it's never good enough - yet when it comes to putting money where their mouth is - crickets.

 

UVic has tons of space and resources. If this is such an important cause for UVic, then why haven't they offered to help?

 

Can someone please explain this to me?

 

UVIC is in a bit of a pickle.  When was the last time you heard of UVIC being forefront of any research?  They are still trying, but there is a whole new wing of $$$ for activism and ideology.  That is what we are seeing here.  UVIC isn't going to be opened any dorms or anything else for Covid.  What would they have to gain?  It's all about the $$$.



#23279 Klapecki

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 07:24 PM

Beware of assuming actions of individual faculty has any bearing on the position of the institution. While faculty May be left leaning, admin is alll about business and making money.

UVic always demands more - it's never good enough - yet when it comes to putting money where their mouth is - crickets.

UVic has tons of space and resources. If this is such an important cause for UVic, then why haven't they offered to help?

Can someone please explain this to me?



#23280 lanforod

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Posted 12 October 2021 - 08:31 PM

Making money isn’t the goal.

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