Thursday, December 07, 2006



Hi All

Since my post of December 5 regarding misuse of the public's money and fraudulent activity at DERA, I have been informed that Ms Jill Chettiar, partner of David Cunningham and the DERA board treasurer has moved on from working at Portland Community Services and works now at the NAOMI Project (the free Heroin dispensing and heroin trial centre).

It needs to be noted that Naomi project staff earn $32.00 an hour and yet Ms Chettiar lives in DERA subsidized housing.

Do my readers find this acceptable that someone earning $32.00 an hour should be living in Subsidized Housing when there are so many poor people in desperate need of affordable housing accommodation?

Of course, Ms Chettiar and her hubby, David Cunningham are no strangers to controversy as they by-passed the regular DERA housing wait list in 2004 as a result of Ms Chettiar being the Board Treasurer and Mr. Cunningham being at that time, a salaried employee with DERA.

Jamie Lee Hamilton


At 5:28 AM, Anonymous raincoaster said...

$32 an hour? Lordy, how do I get me one of those jobs?

I have some serious issues with NAOMI; it claims to be a national project studying heroin addiction, yet one of the restrictions on participants is that they must have lived on the Downtown EastSide for several years. In the end, what it is is simply class war all over again, defining heroin use as a characteristic of the underclass. But we really know that if the only people who used heroin were the people on the Downtown EastSide, there wouldn't be enough money to sustain the trade at all. Why is the government excluding the affluent people who are the real reason the market exists in the first place?

But that said, I could so totally use $32 an hour!

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie Lee did you see the headline on today Province Newspaper? My god you're efforts are paying off. Keep up the good work sweetie!

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is BC Housing so gutless? The tax paying public should demand an audit be launched on DERA and Board and staff be suspended until the audit is complete.

At 12:31 AM, Anonymous dirk said...

I heard a saying once about groups that profit and make careers on the suffering of others,"poverty pimps"Seems to fit.

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All tenants of low cost housing projects are subsidized whether they receive an actual ?subsidy? or not. The so called ?market rates? in these buildings are far, far below actual real world rentals accommodations. The DTES is plagued with poverty industry careerists, many with university degrees, who snap up all the high paying jobs in the neighborhood and, to add insult to injury, insist on being housed at cut rate prices. Imagine people with teaching credentials, fully employed, living in social housing! And people wonder why there?s no room at the inn.


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