DNC Board meeting
Attending: Dave M, Harold, Nathan, Dave H, Fraser, Tami, Paul, Wendy, Ivan, Nathan, Richard, Ann, Sid and Dave H.
1) Committee Meetings
a. Pantages -- coalition forming: WAHRS, VANDU, AFD, POWER, DEWC, Gachet, CCAP and DNC. Decision making space. Come to the next meeting Thursday night at 6 pm at AFD. Draft statement and campaign strategy plans are almost done. City and owner are ignoring worker and pedestrian safety violations. Discussion about whether to take action on this. Some worry that workers will be mad at us. We have to do what’s right and not popular sometime. Collective interests of the community are more important than the wages of a few people. Safety and health as a whole first. Walk into the job site and they would have to shut it down. Permit on the outside of the building is not there. Motion: Shut down the Pantages site until the health and safety of pedestrian and neighbours is ensured. Unanimous.
b. 334 Carrall – during street market 2 pm Paint In spontaneous.
c. LAPP Committee --- Come to the rock in the road. Motion: The LAPP committee to make a recommendation at the General Membership. Vote: 4 against/7 for. Discussion: The LAPP committee maybe are too close and the board could remain more neutral. This could be a divide and conquer move and waste our time on the 10 sites. Get feedback also from potential community allies. We’re prepared to make this recommendation to our board and our general members and allies. Motion: Board to meet to discussion the decision by the LAPP committee on Thursday at 8 pm at 118 Alexander Street. Nobody opposed.
d. DT East Newspaper --- Funding of $200 a month secured from a professor. Next meeting to elect editorial positions.
e. Street Market Committee --- Meeting with COV 11 to noon. Urban Health Project toilets, binners market mentioned by COV. Toilets are related because not working. Drug users won’t use toilets if we put in 10 more, says Grant Woff of COV. DNC could take on a campaign for toilets. Getting a report back on street market committee on negotiating for porta potty and a recommendation for action.
f. chinatown Committee – Discussion about revitalization plan. Ivan will get tickets for Richard and Paul. Meet at 4:30 pm at Carnegie in CCAP office. Terms of reference are bad. Nothing about low-income people in it. Decision to write a letter denouncing and say it is not acceptable consultation and to let the Solheim reps know.
g. Arts and culture – Meeting on Canada day 4 pm at Oppenheimer Park in the field house. Someone needs to put it
2. Board reports
a. Treasurer reports – Motion: Dave Murray to hold $200 petty cash. Unanimous.
b. Vacant board seats -- Motion: To replace Robert Rachel with a new board member for a total of 4 vacant seats. Carried. Motion: Interpret homelessness to mean Having experienced homelessness in the last couple of years but a preference for those who are currently homeless. Carried. Motion: Through the month of July, accept applications, meet with board members and bring recommendations for board members at the August General Meeting. Carried. Unanimous.
c. Weekly meetings – Jacob’s Well…Pastor Beth Malena. Monday evenings they aren’t using it.
d. Natural Community membership application – David Beattie. Ivan was supposed to write.
e. Honorarium Evaluations – ongoing
f. Conduct of Board members – Dave Hamm reports that Ping was upset at the Street Market. Dave is worried that he is confused about vacant board seats about process. Someone who has good conflict resolution skills should check in with him. Fraser and Paul will check in.
3. New Business
a. Palace and Wonder Hotels – Class action lawsuit started. Media on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. in front of the RTB at Main and Hastings. Specific demands will be taken to city hall on Thursday. 50 people are going on Thursday. We should work to bring people up. Identity of speakers will be protected. Lawyer is helping. Vandu to take people too. Owner paid $20K to 2 owners who illegally evicted them. We may get all SRO maintenance reports on line if the privacy commissioner writes a proposal for this.
b. DNC Forum Series – Prison Justice in August, Hogan’s Alley about racial displacement and housing injustice, Aboriginal Child Apprehensions – Sharon Russell, DERA: what happened to it? Do we have a plan and resources to make it happen? We shouldn’t just do it. Go ahead to investigate it.
c. Summer Plans – general meeting in August.
d. Gaurdian angels – tabled.
e. Pedestrian Safety - Suggestion to get a pedestrian crosswalk on the 100 block of Hastings. Looking at reducing the speed limit and Trans Link is opposed. Motion: endorse the VANDU report on Pedestrian Saturday. Carried. March out of Carnegie at paint a crosswalk and have our 2 minutes of silent. Paint the lines.
4) Work with Others
a. Raise the Rates No MLA
b. Letter in response to shelter arrestees -- Harold
5) General Meeting Plan
a. agenda - edited
b. outreach – Wendy phone list; Ivan poster
c. focus – Lap to be focus.
Wendy to ask Scott from Raycam to come to our board meeting.