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#16381 mbjj

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 03:21 PM

Yesterday there was quite a set-up under a large tree just at the start of Arbutus Way at the end of Quadra leading into Beacon Hill park. A lot of stuff spread out.



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Posted 02 May 2019 - 05:55 PM

https://www.timescol...lity-1.23809146

 

CRD’s preliminary plan to replace the former Blanshard Elementary School at 950 Kings Rd. with a 50-bed mental-health facility and 150 units of social housing. Neighbours are not amused. 



#16383 Midnightly

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Posted 02 May 2019 - 08:33 PM

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CRD’s preliminary plan to replace the former Blanshard Elementary School at 950 Kings Rd. with a 50-bed mental-health facility and 150 units of social housing. Neighbours are not amused. 

 

 

 i'm not surprised the neighborhood isn't amused, that is right beside one of the largest social housing complexes in the city, a community center and the newly built seniors center (meant to house 320 residents) which will offer complex residential and dementia care...



#16384 pennymurphy2000

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Posted 03 May 2019 - 06:57 AM

It was strange that some people were more angry about the large seniors facility being dumped in their neighbourhood. Comments about Mt. Tolmie in Saanich and Oak Bay Lodge residents being moved into their neighbourhood seemed to cause more concern than the 50 mental health beds and the 150 low income housing units. Strange. A senior facility will bring zero nuisance to the area whereas the mental health beds and the low income units will likely be quite disruptive.



#16385 Jason-L

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Posted 03 May 2019 - 07:02 AM

It was strange that some people were more angry about the large seniors facility being dumped in their neighbourhood. Comments about Mt. Tolmie in Saanich and Oak Bay Lodge residents being moved into their neighbourhood seemed to cause more concern than the 50 mental health beds and the 150 low income housing units. Strange. A senior facility will bring zero nuisance to the area whereas the mental health beds and the low income units will likely be quite disruptive.

 

Have to say that it's not 0 nuisance, but it is lower than the mental health facility would likely bring.



#16386 A Girl is No one

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Posted 03 May 2019 - 09:18 AM

It was strange that some people were more angry about the large seniors facility being dumped in their neighbourhood. Comments about Mt. Tolmie in Saanich and Oak Bay Lodge residents being moved into their neighbourhood seemed to cause more concern than the 50 mental health beds and the 150 low income housing units. Strange. A senior facility will bring zero nuisance to the area whereas the mental health beds and the low income units will likely be quite disruptive.

Or they have learned that it’s not worth the effort to speak up since consultation is just for show, and in the end, our « dear leaders » will do as they please. I personally that that many are now disillusioned by the whole process.
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#16387 Midnightly

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Posted 03 May 2019 - 12:44 PM

personally i'm concerned about both.. it wasn't long ago that the city was pushing to have the school turned into a large community center.. and now the sudden change to a mental health facility with low income housing.. thats a huge change of direction...i am concerned that it's too much for the area too quickly... it's an area that already has one of the largest subsidized housing complexes in Victoria with a new building already in the works to replace the one that burned down(it already has a bit of a stigma on it, they changed the name from Blanchard court to evergreen terrace a number of years ago)... then you have a hospital going up for seniors specializing in dementia and complex care.. and with that comes a huge influx of people (the residents, their visitors, the staff...) and now they want to put yet another facility? it is alot for that few block radius to absorb

 

this at a time when they should be looking at reopening the schools... the two closest elementary schools are reaching over 500 students and needing to bring in portables to house them all (and the gyms don't have a high enough capacity to hold a school assembly)



#16388 A Girl is No one

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:14 PM

Victoria Police attended the 900-block of Pandora Avenue early Tuesday morning after receiving calls of a stabbing.

Police found a man who had been stabbed outside of Our Place at 919 Pandora Ave.

https://www.vicnews....ntown-victoria/

#16389 Jason-L

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:15 AM

Victoria Police attended the 900-block of Pandora Avenue early Tuesday morning after receiving calls of a stabbing.

Police found a man who had been stabbed outside of Our Place at 919 Pandora Ave.

https://www.vicnews....ntown-victoria/

Holy cow, the news report actually identified the name of the place where the crime occurred, rather than leaving it the generic 900-block of Pandora?!

 

I wonder if this is a result of the city nixing the police budget, and so the VicPD no longer have an incentive to be evasive?


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#16390 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:11 AM

denver voters said no to homeless camping in parks.


As of preliminary results released at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Initiative 300 was headed for defeat with 83 percent of voters saying “no” and 17 percent saying “yes.” Results won’t be certified until later this month.

https://www.thedenve...ping-initiative
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#16391 Mike K.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:18 AM

Denver has also decriminalized ‘mushrooms.’

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#16392 tjv

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:33 AM

Victoria Police attended the 900-block of Pandora Avenue early Tuesday morning after receiving calls of a stabbing.

Police found a man who had been stabbed outside of Our Place at 919 Pandora Ave.

https://www.vicnews....ntown-victoria/

Uhhh, aren't they always there?  When I drove by Sunday night there were 3 cop cars in attendance.  The entire scene looked like the Vancouver downtown east side.  What a disgusting mess CoV!


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#16393 DustMagnet

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:44 AM

denver voters said no to homeless camping in parks.


As of preliminary results released at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Initiative 300 was headed for defeat with 83 percent of voters saying “no” and 17 percent saying “yes.” Results won’t be certified until later this month.

https://www.thedenve...ping-initiative

 

View Royal is heading the other way: https://www.timescol...arks-1.23821623

 



#16394 rmpeers

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:17 AM

Holy cow, the news report actually identified the name of the place where the crime occurred, rather than leaving it the generic 900-block of Pandora?!

I wonder if this is a result of the city nixing the police budget, and so the VicPD no longer have an incentive to be evasive?


Somebody better get cracking on a letter to the editor about how safe they feel walking that block.
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#16395 Nparker

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:25 AM

It must just about be time for Chrissy Brett to start up her homeless camp roadshow for 2019.



#16396 pennymurphy2000

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 05:34 PM

https://www.cbc.ca/n...u-100-1.5145364

 

Penticton bylaw makes sitting on downtown sidewalks a $100 offence
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#16397 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 05:38 PM

Anna Cooper with Pivot Legal Society, said the mayor's depiction of homeless people as being intimidating is dangerous.

"We know that talking about homeless people in that way promotes violence against them. Homeless people are by far the ones who are in danger in any community because of exposure, and because of anti-homeless violence itself," she said.

But the mayor is adamant that all citizens will be treated equally by bylaw officers, regardless of appearance.

"Whether you wear a three-piece suit or you're wearing torn jeans and a torn shirt, makes no difference. The bylaw people will talk to you nicely," Vassilaki said.

 
 
 
 

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#16398 DustMagnet

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 09:02 PM

Really, what is the point of fining a homeless person?



#16399 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:15 PM

none . but it’s a way of stopping the behaviour.

#16400 Mike K.

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:08 AM

And so the tide begins to turn.

This will be interesting to watch.

Take note next time you’re downtown. The old school folks asking for money on downtown streets are almost always standing, as per Victoria bylaws. To this day, if they can, they respect that bylaw. The young ones almost always are sitting, laying or converged in groups on the sidewalk.
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