There has been continuing talk about the state of affairs of Pandora Street and related issues of policing and City bylaws.
To give residents some background on the progress of things:
There was the VIPIRG’s report on Policing Poverty in Victoria and an article about it published in Focus in March 2012 http://ow.ly/bQN0z
In March 2012, Ben Isitt put forward a motion to Council to repeal the bylaws that currently restrict camping on the green on Pandora and disallowing personal chattles on the basis that street people may be discriminated against. See this article that was posted in the TC: http://ow.ly/bQN17. As it turns out, Ben withdrew the motion, but the discussions continue.
At the Council Meeting this Thursday June 28, there is interest in having members of the public who have a perspective on what it’s been like these 25 years or so supporting an area of our community that has had long challenges with drugs, criminality and public disorder on the streets. If you have any interest in speaking up on behalf of our community and sharing your point of view, please register to address Council this Thursday. There will be business owners and public service providers. We’d like to have some residents share their thoughts, too. The DEADLINE for submitting a request is TOMORROW 11:00 AM.
Please help represent the interests and concerns of those who live, work and recreate in the Pandora Street area.
To make a request to address Council,
There are four ways to submit your form to Legislative Services:
In Person: Complete, print and drop it off at our office – Legislative Services, #1 Centennial Square, corner of Douglas and Pandora;
By Mail: Complete, print and mail to: Legislative Services, #1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC V8W 1P6; or,
By Fax: Complete, print and fax to our office at 250.361.0348.
Effective September 1, 2009, please ensure Legislative Services receives your request no later than 11:00 a.m. on the day before the Council meeting you wish to appear.