Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Is the Mayor involved in gay quick vote buying?

October 22, 2014 Was the Mayor Involved in Gay Quick Vote Buying? So why was City Manager Dr Ballem's office involved in re-licensing a Fitness Centre to Social Club at 1775 Haro? Well to explain this my peeps I need to first say I'm in favour of Sex positive Clubs. Always have been. I think though if they are to be located right across from a community centre, park or school there needs to be notification to the neighbourhood affected. This did not happen even though there is a city by-law in place which requires this if the City deems it could have some impact on the surrounding neighborhood. How did this club come into obtaining a license and without due notification. Tthe ownership licensed it as a Fitness Centre as they claimed under instruction from the City of Vancouver. We know that a senior Manager at the City is involved with this Club. He may have had something to do with this but who knows. But obviously the City according to the owners told them to license it this way. Commercial establishments must adhere to land use and zoning requirements of the City. Where this club is located allows for a nightclub use and we have known this because previously it housed Denman Station and Club DeBong. The reason though that this sex positive club did not apply for a nightclub license is crystal clear. There is a BC governmental regulation that liquor establishments can not allow sexual activity and booze in the same establishment. Plus if they applied under nightclub there would for sure been a neighbourhood notification process. Another license in the City called Social Club this establishment could not apply for unless it was a non-profit group or is classified under the category of social enterprise which is there to assist marginalized people be self-sufficient. This is a good thing. But what happened here is that all these city processes were not followed. The Club operated under a fitness centre license for one year until the National Post newspaper raised this story because a number of neighbours wondered what was going on there and complained to the City. Their calls were never returned. So once the Post story broke the City under the City Manager's office with Dr Penny Ballem stating in response that they had the wrong license and that the City did not care if sexual activity was happening there. The problem here though is once again that provincial regulation states sexual activity and booze are not allowed in the same establishment. It should be noted that this Club caled 8 x 6 has on many occasions been serving liquor and has applied for these under the special license category of BC Liquor control and licensing branch. These temporary licences are approved by the Vancouver Police Department. This establishment even plans as the Xtra story indicates to obtain a permanent liquor license. I want to say here that I think this liquor regulation is in place for reasons that need wider public policy debate. It was put in place to ensure the protection of women primarily in the stripping business because allowing sexual activity where men fuelled by booze within a workplace is not such a great idea. So as we now know from the National Post story that City Manger Dr Penny Ballem ordered that this Club be re-licensed as a Social Club to by-pass regulatory control. Problem here is the City broke its own policy on who is allowed to apply under this category. The bigger question was whether she was instructed by the Mayor to do this as part of his pinkwashing re-election campaign. Pinkwashing refers to politicians geting political mileage out of an action meant to please a certain group in this case the LGBT community. It is no different than the ethnic vote buying scandal that happened in the last provincial election. But is it proper that all municipal regulations and provincial ones were broken to accomplish the goal of winning votes from the gay community? Whatever happened here stinks to high heaven and needs further investigation . Jamie Lee Hamilton Write a comment...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HUB Cycling Survey

October 21, 2014 Yesterday I received an email from the cycling group HUB asking me as a Park Board candidate to fill out their survey which only had one question. The question was posed as a Yes or No question. It asked do you support a separated bike path in our parks. Of course this issue raises many concerns and I believe it is impossible to answer with just a Yes or No response. I do not support separated bike paths in parks which take away green space in favour of asphalt. Last year HUB was pushing for a separated bike path in the beautiful Kits Beach Park. This bike path would have cut right through a family picnic area and a children's playground. It also would have taken away substantial green space. I did not support HUB in this case and supported the community of Kits ho were opposed to this plan. Jamie Lee Hamilton

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Robertson's Marital Woes

October 17, 2014 As a candidate for the Board of Parks and Recreation in the November 15 municipal election I feel that I'm being dragged into Mayor Gregor Robertson's marital woes. When I'm out campaigning this matter is being raised and consequently I must respond. I understand the public's concern and I'm very angry with Mayor Robertson and his wife Amy for dragging the public into their sordid mess. The marital woes of the Robertson's sadly has become the central issue of the campaign. The reasons for this is because the Robertson's are drawing the public into their dysfunctional marriage even though their marriage matters don't concern us. Mayor Gregor Robertson and his wife Amy for some reason only known to them announced publicly last spring that they had separated and were living apart. Why they even announced this to the public is bizarre. Now the Mayor's wife has drawn the public once again into their marital problems. This time through filing an affidavit announcing that she still considers their home to be ex hubby Gregor's home. This was in response to the Mayor filing his nomination forms listing their once shared home as his primary residence. Ms Robertson went on to say her separated husband has a key, eats meals with the family and left some personal belongings in the home. The public could care less about these trivial matters.. Again we don't care where the Mayor is sleeping or who he is sleeping with. It is none of our business. But what is a major concern for the public goes to issues that we deem issues of societal importance. Citizens around the world embrace and cherish shared universal values around loyalty, trust and respect. By the Robertson's drawing us into their tangled web suffice to say we are not amused. If the Robertson's want to continue with their dysfunctional ways that is their business but stop drawing the citizens into your mess. It is obvious that the Robertson's have lost their moral compass but that doesn't give them the right to draw us into their dysfunction. Stop it already Mr and Mrs Robertson. Jamie Lee Hamilton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jamie Lee Commentary for Georgia Straight

October 15, 2014 Here is the link to my commentary for the Georgia Straight. Enjoy! JLH

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Deceit Has no Place in Politics

October 11, 2014 OK this really irks me. A COPE candidate for Park Board has dumped their last name and is using middle name as surname on the ballot to be higher placed on the ballot. Candidates are listed alphabetically. His middle name begins with a B whereas his last name begins with an F. I ask Anita Romaniuk because you are a running mate of this individual and Chair of the COPE Parks committee whether you support this type of deceitful action? I think this move besides being deceitful lacks integrity and I wish people would speak up against this. What about you Tim Louis as the Co-Chair of COPE are you willing to address this matter? Many people say that those with chinese surnames have an advantage running municipally because of the high chinese population in Vancouver. If I lacked integrity I guess that I could have dropped my surname using my middle name Lee in order to appear chinese on the ballot thereby giving me an advantage but that would be very deceitful. I think if we play this type of politcs we just give the voting public another reason to dislike politicians and for the public to rightfully claim that we are all liars, cheats and corrupt. Will be interesting to see if COPE supports this move by one of their candidates. Jamie Lee Hamilton

Thursday, October 09, 2014

COPE Proposal for Permanent Tent City is Irresponsible

October 9, 2014 I'm pretty shocked and dismayed that COPE Park Board candidates are pushing for a permanent tent city. Tent Cities provide some temporary emergency relief for those who are homeless but it is totally irresponsible to suggest this is an acceptable or humane form of housing. I applaud the homeless for drawing attention to their situations and in fact this form of protest stirs government bodies into action. As a result of the Oppenheimer tent city a shelter was opened in the West End and a 4 star hotel is being converted to house some of our homeless population. It really irks me though when those who have comfortable homes think they know what is best for the homeless. Tents should never be viewed as a safe, sanitary, healthy or alternative housing option. It really disgusts me that COPE has taken this position. People deserve better! They deserve homes not tents! Jamie Lee Hamilton

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

On the Campaign Trail

October 7, 2014 Went out last night and started campaigning at the corner of Robson and Denman with my running mate Rick Orser. Started collecting the required signatures for filing nomination papers before deadline on Friday. It was interesting chatting to people this evening in the West End. I assumed that Vision Vancouver had significant support in the West End but talking with the people I engaged with clearly people are not supportive of Vision. I will be in the heart of the Davie Village tonight and it will be interesting to see what support Vision has there. I would also like to invite people to my campaign office opening this Saturday October 11 from 3-5 pm at 1732 Alberni. Please come by, have some cookies and refreshments Jamie Lee Hamilton