Friday, April 30, 2010

Oldtown News
Vancouver, BC


Many of us have been taken back over the recent news that a Vancouver police officer has been charged with selling marijuana in the Downtown Eastside. Chief Jim Chu upon learning of these serious allegations immediately took steps to re-move the officer from his patrol duties plus he was fired. Chief Chu directed 30 officers to investigate the alleged criminal offences and the Chief Constable must be applauded for his swift action.

Now I hope Chief Chu and his new Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke also endeavor with the same vigor to undertake a serious matter in District 1 (the West End of Vancouver) in the Davie Village area.

It is widely known that a certain business which fronts as a gay club has knowingly allowed drug traffickers to sell hard-core drugs directly from its premises.

Selling drugs to many sick individuals including people with AIDS, mental illness and vulnerable street youth is parasitic and this criminality is deplorable and should have no place in a humane, civilized society.

It seems obscene that with so many homeless people on our streets that the lucrative drug market has found a home to traffick their poison with what appears so far to be absolutely zero consequences.

This property is slated to be re-developed for social housing and while desperate, sick people wait for their housing, a number of the worst parasites in society are gaining financial reward at sick peoples expense. Equally troubling is that poor people continue to freeze or burn to death on our streets and which recently happened within one block of this drug house.

The selling of harmful drugs to vulnerable people and communities Chief Chu and Deputy Chief Lemcke creates untold harm as you know. I hope you undertake the same swift action as you did to one of your own who also targeted vulnerable and very sick people. This is the worst sort of depravity and it must stop.

Currently, the City of Vancouver owns the property.

Jamie Lee Hamilton