Friday, April 20, 2007

More on Kevin Potvin

Oldtown News
Vancouver, BC


A week ago, I wrote a piece on the Kevin Potvin drama which was unfolding in the news. Kevin, as folks recall was being crucified for expressing his feelings regarding 9-11.

I defended Kevin's freedom of speech rights. I articulated my opinion regarding his contributions to the betterment of Vancouver.

In my blog piece, I chose a word which now seems out of place. I had this pointed out to me by another writer.

I said, people should treat Kevin with compassion for opening himself up in such a personal way.

After reflection, I believe the word compassion was incorrectly used.

If my poor choice of the word, compassion, offended those who were outraged by Mr. Potvin's expression of feelings, I do apologize for causing you further unease or distress.

Many of us had different feelings than Kevin. However, again, I believe Mr. Potvin has the right, as any journalist does, to freely express himself, no matter how repugnant we may find those feelings to be.

Jamie Lee Hamilton


Oldtown News
Vancouver, BC


DERA fights critic
The Province; News ServicesPublished: Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A dispute between the Downtown Eastside Residents Association and one of its harshest critics, Jamie Lee Hamilton, is headed to the Residential Tenancy Office this morning for mediation.
DERA is trying to evict Hamilton from its Pendera building, where she has lived for five years. Hamilton recently revealed that many of DERA's new directors are affiliated with the Anti-Poverty Committee.