Vancouver's mayor changes tune on ending homelessness


Locutus
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say it isn't so gregor.

gregor.

VANCOUVER - After campaigning on a promise to end street homelessness by 2015, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is now saying the issue is not within his jurisdiction.

The statement comes after a group of protesters, who have been camping in Oppenheimer Park to advocate for the homeless, stormed Tuesday morning's city council meeting and secured a private meeting with the mayor and several councillors.

Though the city issued an eviction notice to the campers last week, Robertson is now saying city council stands with the group.

"People who are camped out in the park do need support," he said, adding he plans to advocate for the homeless by asking for the provincial and federal governments to step in.

"They're actually more responsible."

Some First Nations members among the campers have argued they have a right to stay in the park because it belongs to them, pointing to a formal declaration from council at the end of June that the city sits on unceded traditional territory.

"We're very thankful that they listened," said camper CeeJai Juliam.


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charity begins at home gregor.
 
Zipperfish
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Well, he gave it the old college try. Dumb promise though. Some people will consistently make choices that will see them end up homeless even if you buy a home for them and stick them in it.
 
SLM
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Let me get this straight, he actually campaigned on a platform to end street homelessness by 2015 and he got elected?
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Let me get this straight, he actually campaigned on a platform to end street homelessness by 2015 and he got elected?

I suspect it was his looks that may have helped...blind people to the reality of what he was saying.
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Let me get this straight, he actually campaigned on a platform to end street homelessness by 2015 and he got elected?


Well, granted, he's no Rob Ford...
 
Locutus
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and then there's this tidbit:


Vancouver's Mayor Moonbeam (and his hair) wants the city to purchase the extremely successful Granville Island from the federal government. Why? No one is entirely sure. The only thing that is certain is that the actual price doesn't appear to matter. Why should it? It's not their money they'd be spending.

Unknown price doesnt scare Vancouvers bid for Granville property - The Globe and Mail
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Let me get this straight, he actually campaigned on a platform to end street homelessness by 2015 and he got elected?

And bike lanes.
 

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