A couple of nice wonder women images I discovered:
Lynda Carter as Marvel Lady
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" http://www.flickr.com/photos/11279883@N00/15581359606" > Tom Simpson From” “The Deadly Dolphin”
” Got ta Gettaway
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" http://www.flickr.com/photos/81213601@N04/15077824529" >– kenny Mcdonald Female crawls down East Hastings Street, Vancouver
What rules use in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside?
Ken MacQueen on monetary accountability in Canada’s poorest postcode
There has in current years been a sense that the normal rules do not use, can’t use, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It is a difficult place, its homeowners are complicated. The majority of them are bad, countless them are druggie and/or fighting with mental health problems. They are special. They are worthy of a break.
So its citizens wander across East Hastings Street, oblivious to traffic lights and traffic laws, and predictably they are slaughtered with terrific regularity. Vancouver Cops release a ticket campaign and are accused of an attack on the poor. So the response is to slow traffic on Hastings, a significant artery, to 30km/hr. What’s a police to do?
On any given day you can stroll past the streets and see homeowners smoking fracture or purchasing and selling a regular drug store of illegal drugs. Frequently addicted women spend for the transaction on their knees, or in the rear seat of a cars and truck. But exactly what’s a cop to do? Perhaps they bust a couple of dealerships and the occasional John, but the open drug and street-corner sex markets continue– since things are various here.
It’s now quite clear that rule-blindness likewise applies to monetary responsibility, as revealed March 20 in the release of 2 damning KPMG audits of the PHS Neighborhood Solutions Society (PHS), the leading government-subsidized service supplier in Canada’s poorest postal code. The excesses consist of:,600 in limo expenses for one executive in 2013;,300 for a trip to the U.K. to check out a heroin prescription program, necessitating, apparently, a 0-a-night hotel room;,800 for a cruise as a present to a society director;,000 for a “celebration of life” for a dead worker; a trip to Disneyland for another director. In truth, 0,000 in travel costs in between 2010 and 2012 consisting of journeys to Istanbul, Paris, Vienna, Los Angeles and New York City. And on and on.
By the time the province released the audits by B.C. Housing and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, PHS co-founders Liz Evans and her partner, Mark Townsend, and their combined 0,000-plus salaries, had actually been pushed out the door, in addition to the remainder of the board. The audits blew apart the credibility of PHS, which has, as even the auditors concede, done a great job of managing a hard customers.
The scandal raises serious concerns about the poverty market that grows in the area. A few years back The Province paper, after months of research, concluded that more than million a day in federal government and charitable cash was pouring into the neighbourhood. While it’s unfair to tar every charity, group, soup kitchen and store ministry with the exact same brush, one questions where the cash goes. And why so little appears to change. Every new company or housing task in the area that doesn’t cater solely to the poor or addicted is condemned by activists as “gentrification,” a dirty word for those who seem to choose the sorrowful nobility of the status quo. Outside of this neighbourhood such projects are commemorated as “urban renewal.” Even the language is different here.
PHS took root more than Twenty Years back when Liz Evans, a nurse, was worked with to run the flea bag Portland Hotel. She was expected to fill it with the tame bad, however she had other ideas. “We felt like we had descended into an area where individuals were getting sick and dying, really nice individuals that we learnt more about and no one else offered a shit about,” she said in a past interview with Maclean’s. “Junkies were junk and if you helped and supported individuals who were addicted, you were part of the issue.”
So Evans, and quickly sufficient Townsend, who became her hubby, broke the guidelines and turned the Portland into a home for the especially difficult to home– those with enormous dependencies, typically integrated with psychological health concerns. “We became sort of counter to the common logic of the day, which was if you take this population in off the street you’re making it even worse for them due to the fact that you’re allowing them.” Today, the common logic has actually changed. Stable real estate is undoubtedly thought about the initial step to a much better, longer, healthier life for the most susceptible. Evans and Townsend broke the rules, and they were right.
The years went by and PHS expanded. Drug overdoses and HIV/AIDS were taking a massive toll in the community. The heath authority stated an emergency situation. Extreme steps are required. A questionable monitored injection center called Insite opened in 2003. It is moneyed by the provincial Ministry of Health, through Vancouver Coastal Health, and its operations were committed PHS– among its earliest, and a lot of singing, proponents.
The federal Conservative government waged a legal war aiming to shut the facility down, lastly losing in the Supreme Court of Canada. Meantime, research study after clinical research study shows that Insite’s harm-reduction model has actually saved lives by taking addicts out of the alleys and into a safe place, and by lowering the spread of disease through filthy needles and without treatment conditions. Evans, Townsend and PHS staff were among those who broke the rules, and by any unbiased procedure, they were right.
Some years back I walked through the area with Evans and Townsend and was astonished at the scope of PHS’s endeavours. They have leveraged some million a year in government funds into housing, Insite, detox and treatment beds, a meal preparation and bicycle delivery service, clothing and craft shops run by the poor and recovering addicts, a cost savings bank ran through a regional trust company, a cafe, in addition to rent-paying companies in refurbished PHS-run buildings. A floor of one PHS structure has even been converted into a series of acute-care rooms, essentially an arm of St. Paul’s Medical facility, due to the fact that the seriously ill are less likely to leave treatment if they remain in familiar environments.
“This is a neighborhood of housing and connected things that is attempting to fit together like a gigantic jigsaw puzzle,” Evans stated at the time.
What went wrong? Townsend, in a series of interviews considering that his termination, firmly insisted PHS never spent federal government loan on anything other than programming and its nine-per-cent cut for administrative overhead. The other costs, like journeys for stressed team member, originated from “personal and non-government funding,” he said. Perhaps so, but it’s doubtful donors would knowingly have footed the expense for, state, a remain at New york city’s Plaza Hotel or a 0 baby shower.
Perhaps PHS got too huge. Possibly Evans and Townsend, after years of bumping heads and breaking rules, grew negative. Possibly, like a lot of activists in the area, they developed an entitled sense that this is their turf and they understand best; just leave the cash at the door and bugger off.
It’s a pity, really, so many advantages have actually been cast in doubt. But possibly now federal governments, charities and funding agencies will take a more difficult take a look at where the loan goes. Certainly a million dollars a day can purchase more than a daily dose of anguish. It’s time to work within the rules. The citizens are special. They do should have a break.
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