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#23381 Barrrister

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 01:59 PM

Just buy yourself a nice used Abrahams and stop worrying about the potholes,



#23382 mbjj

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 02:08 PM

Couldn’t much worse than Victoria’s.  Nearly every street in the city is full of bumps, potholes and uneven seams from deteriorating previous repairs.  Of course with all the obstructions, curbs, barricades and ongoing road destruction projects you can rarely go more than 20km/hr, which does save wear and tear on the suspension.

Because we can no longer turn left from Cook onto Richardson, we turn left on Burdett and go up to Linden. Just at that end of Burdett I think the road is actually caving in. There are a lot of underground springs in that area and I'm wondering if this is another. Hope the road collapses, lol. And by the way, those speedbumps, I don't even notice them as the rest of the roads in Fairfield are so lumpy and bumpy, this is just another minor bump. I don't even bother braking for them. 



#23383 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 05:23 PM

The federal government has kicked in $11.3 million to help establish a 45-unit affordable-housing complex for Indigenous people in Vic West.

 

When built, the project at 865 Catherine St., first announced in the spring when B.C. Housing purchased the site, will be run by the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society and support Indigenous people in the region who are experiencing homelessness.

 

The modular housing project, expected to be complete in the spring, will provide residents with 24/7 culturally appropriate supports.

 

“Our approach is to provide more than a physical home. Through our dual model of housing care, we will provide teachings deeply rooted in the land, and will provide pathways to healing and recovery,” said Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, the society’s director of housing.

 

Coreen Child, executive director of the society, said Friday she was “shaking with excitement” at the announcement of federal funding.

 

 

https://www.timescol...ic-west-4728557



#23384 Belleprincess

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 06:30 PM

And still you married him... :rolleyes:


Right?!

#23385 LJ

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 07:24 PM

Just buy yourself a nice used Abrahams and stop worrying about the potholes,

I don't know how much use an Abraham would be, I would rather have an Abrams.


Life's a journey......so roll down the window and enjoy the breeze.

#23386 Barrrister

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 08:08 PM

My miss spell



#23387 tommy

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 09:42 PM

I don't know how much use an Abraham would be, I would rather have an Abrams.

Abraham is the tank used by the Israeli Defense Force  ;-)


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#23388 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 16 November 2021 - 06:20 AM

Staffing shortages are making it difficult to open spaces where people can stay warm and dry during periods of extreme weather in Greater Victoria, including heavy rains in recent days.

 

A 30-bed space in downtown Victoria’s Salvation Army is the only extreme-weather shelter site confirmed in the region. The shelter has enough staff to manage opening for a night or two, but they need additional staff if they’re going to operate for longer, said Jeffrey Baergen, executive director of the Salvation Army in Victoria.

 

The shelter spaces weren’t opened Sunday during a rainstorm that battered the region and much of the province. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, which activates and co-ordinates the region’s extreme-weather-response protocol, wasn’t aware the Salvation Army had acquired enough staff to open, as it’s been a struggle for many organizations, said Janine Theobald, inclusion and collaboration manager for the coalition.

 

The coalition needs to know people will be on hand to open the doors before they send people to a shelter, she said.

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...-spaces-4761652



#23389 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 06:05 AM

With violence and drug use at its front doors, fence goes up at Alix Goolden Hall

 

"We need to protect our building and make sure that anyone who wants to come to the conservatory can enter in a safe fashion.”
 
 
The entrance has been closed to the public for months due to an increase in drug and alcohol use and violence in the area.
 

“[The fence] is for the safety and protection of our building,” said Jane Butler McGregor, CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. “Unfortunately, the vulnerable population are using all of our steps and any sort of indent. We need to protect our building and make sure that anyone who wants to come to the conservatory can enter in a safe fashion.”

 

The school, which also offers music therapy and early childhood music classes, is currently being accessed through an entry on Johnson Street.

 

Small performances have been held at the hall in recent weeks, now that theatres are permitted to host concerts at full capacity, but fire regulations prohibit large events unless both entries and exits are open.

 

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The City of Victoria released its Victoria Music Strategy on Nov. 4, portions of which are expected to come into effect in 2022. Butler McGregor, who was on the advisory committee of the arts and culture initiative, isn’t sure what type of impact the investment will have if sites such as the Alix Goolden remain in limbo. “A big part of the strategy is strengthening venues in Victoria. It struck me as unfortunate that one of the venues that is most beloved in Victoria, the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, cannot be used to its full capacity because of the [street] situation.”


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 24 November 2021 - 06:06 AM.


#23390 Nparker

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 06:31 AM

If you insist on using the term "the vulnerable population" then you are part of the problem, not the solution.


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#23391 A Girl is No one

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 11:55 AM

It’s sad but I remember the early Johnson street care home neighborhood meetings. The conservatory leadership chose to virtue signal instead of voicing their legitimate concerns. They can deal with the situation they brought onto themselves now.

#23392 Nparker

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 12:10 PM

It's easy to be virtuous until you are personally affected by the situation.


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#23393 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 06:59 AM

On Salt Spring Island, where housing has always been scarce, a small, aging hotel is at the centre of a crisis.

Salt Spring Island Community Services desperately needs the 18-room Seabreeze Inne to continue housing the 20 vulnerable people who came out of tents in the bush and off the streets during the pandemic.

But the Island’s only hospital, Lady Minto, wants the Seabreeze to house its staff, as it struggles to fill 31 vacant positions — everything from cleaning staff and cooks to technicians and nurses — on an island where vacant housing is “simply non-existent.”

https://www.timescol...-crisis-4796521

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 25 November 2021 - 07:00 AM.

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#23394 Nparker

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 07:22 AM

No brainer. Hospital staff get the rooms since they cannot relocate to another location.



#23395 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 07:48 AM

Rachel Phillips, executive director of PEERS Victoria Resource Society, estimates 100 to 200 people are living ­outside in “really unsafe ­circumstances.”

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Does anyone want to bet on whether we do a PiT count this winter/spring?

We have several hundred people living in five hotels.

City centre Douglas
Hojo gorge
Ramada gorge
3020 Blanshard
Paul’s



And still another 100-200 outdoors.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 27 November 2021 - 07:52 AM.

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#23396 kitty surprise

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 07:57 AM

Rachel Phillips, executive director of PEERS Victoria Resource Society, estimates 100 to 200 people are living ­outside in “really unsafe ­circumstances.”

https://www.timescol...ortages-4805039





Does anyone want to bet on whether we do a PiT count this winter/spring?


They were all given housing so I don't understand what the problem is here.

Remind them of their address and give them a ride back to their housing.

Always nice to see Nicole posturing for something in this case that new $100K CoV job.
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#23397 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 08:07 AM

Were they all given housing, or did we just import another 200?

#23398 Klapecki

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 09:11 AM

There will always be 200 more…

Were they all given housing, or did we just import another 200?


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#23399 Nparker

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 09:13 AM

Build it (buy it) and they will come.



#23400 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 09:15 AM

There will always be 200 more…
 

 

I agree.  Most of us here all agreed that after we housed the last, another set would come.  


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