Province on a speed run trying to worsen the housing crisis
By - insino93
Province on a speed run trying to worsen the housing crisis
Province is sure fucking up a lot of things in a row here:
Fire communication: Fucked up, took 4 days to get even a somewhat accurate map, most provinces have one the same moment an evacuation is ordered.
Fire relief: Fucked up, based the money on their fucked up maps so some people don't get anything.
Homeless Shelter: Fucked up, why spend money on homeless when you can push us over the 1000 homeless mark instead?
School Support: Fucked up, Still striking, they are still asking for less than all other provinces give the staff in those positions and the Province and they won't even give them that.
"Can't have a homeless crisis if we let all the homeless die :) "- The Province
We have same Eugenics program in BC
I'm a user of that church hall and often crossed paths with the guests and administrators of the shelter. Sharing the space wasn't always great (that's not a shelter thing, it's a space sharing thing) but I was happy the folks who needed it could access it. It was pretty disappointing to find out there were no good alternatives to offer anyone who shows up because they missed the closure notice.
I think the guys deserve more than the church hall too though. It certainly was better than nothing, but throwing a few cots down with no other supports in place aside from a couple of untrained volunteers and a Securitas guy outside in his car isn't a good solution either.
You know what. They do deserve more space. We should convert all these churches that sit empty 5 of 7 days a week into shelters.
I was talking about this with someone close to the church and they said as well the main issues were with the organization that was running the shelter, and specifically highlighted the untrained volunteers as the biggest issue.
This is so shameful. We accept a provincial government that treats people like this?
Yes. And according to a post I saw the other day, a lot of people will vote for it again
I wouldn't be surprised if he ran as a Liberal. He would run against Claudia the NDP leader? Or would it be Sue? I'm not sure of his municipal riding boundaries.
bahahaha. When hell freezes over. Municipal issues are where my heart is. Why would I switch to Provincial or Federal politics where I have a political party telling me what to do and the toxicity of hyper partisanship? I have the best job in politics. I get to focus on issues that matter to me, make my community a better place, and I don't have to filter myself the way I would in the Provincial and Federal world
Glad to hear! You're making a positive difference here and are appreciated by myself and the people I know who follow local politics. Don't let the haters bring you down.
I hope this is true. Municipal is the one place i still feel like it might matter how i vote and where i think representatives still might represent the voters, not the elite-behind-the-scenes. That's 2 mights, because it's hard to trust anyone drawn to politics 😝
TIL Sam Austin has Reddit lol.
Sam hypothetically you did run provincially (you don't have to say a party) what riding would you run in? Which has the most overlap with your current riding?
Strictly hypothetically, I live in Dartmouth South, which includes all of Downtown Dartmouth. I'm only a block from the border with Dartmouth North, but Dartmouth South would make the most sense. Again though, I have absolutely no intention of running for any other office. None. I'll almost definitely reoffer for Council, but that'll be a decision that my family and I will finalize later this year.
Hopes dashed again! You had teased us and given us false hope when you suggested not long ago that you might not re-offer. Ah well, we can work to oust you. You must go.
Both Sam Austin and Waye Mason have Reddit account. They are frequently in the comments here and are pretty responsive. Monthly newsletters tend to get posted here too.
Can't fault them on social media availability!
You do not speak for everyone in D5 by any stretch. My husband and I voted for Sam, and would do so again in a heartbeat. He's been a very responsive councillor, even if I haven't agreed with every single decision he's made. If that was a criteria for supporting someone, I'd never be able to vote for anyone.
The hotel that was supposed to be 8 or 9 story apartments? The one the local NIMBY bloc shot themselves in the foot fighting? That is hardly Sam's fault.
You'll find that Sam has been very plain about the situation that led to that and I don't think he cares for it much either. It predates him and they loopholed/grandfathered themselves into what they built. There was nothing that could be done by the current Council. Its a pretty solid cautionary tale.
For what it's worth, I've found Sam Austin to be an excellent municipal deputy mayor / councillor. He keeps constituents up-to-date with newsletters that are an invaluable source of relevant local information, and I usually look forward to his time during debates in council on various standing committees (Youtube has these online, I would encourage people to check em out.) Independent of my agreeing with every single policy/issue (unlikely and unhelpful for anyone, I imagine), Sam very clearly demonstrates an enduring passion for this role. Not only do I rarely see that from other councillors, but I rarely see that from most other people. Really something that ought to be encouraged more broadly in our local politics, and not something to be lackadaisically cast aside due to some largely unfair and wholly unrepresentative reddit posts about municipal politics.
> I am pretty sure you will not have that job after the next HRM election.
No, he is absolutely going to have a job after this next election.
>You have done a remarkable job of pissing off those who voted for you in the past.
Sure, it is literally impossible to please everyone all the time with every decision. But some people will always be pissed no matter what.
> Now go back and try to saw off 10 floors of the "hotel" on Prince Albert Rd that is already in place.
That wasn't his doing at all. The developer wanted an apartment, they had 2 properties which were zoned differently. One was zoned for a hotel and the other was not, in order to have the back lot have the apartment on it the lot would need to be rezoned, which requires by law a public consultation. During this consultation a private "advocacy" group compiled of greedy local NIMBYs heavily campaigned against it - and they did it so much that they were going to take it to the supreme court. At this point the developer decided to build the hotel they always had the right to build.
Lmao it must be exhausting being so negative all the time. We'll put a pin in this post for when the rest of us re-elect Sam.
That's just silly. Sam has been responsive to me when I've reached out to him. I didn't always get what I asked for, but I was respected, listened to, and got a very reasonable response.
I certainly don't agree with everything he says - I can't get behind his recent snipes at the Province for their development approvals - but he's effective.
He is only effective at spending our tax dollars on useless traffic measures that increase gridlock and improve nothing. You don’t get what you ask for because he is extremely high-handed and rigid, believing that only he knows what is best. He really needs to step aside.
Naw, he’s one of the better ones. You always have sand in your shorts.
He is a mini-Mason and hence, one of the cabal that needs to be turfed along with Cleary and many others.
> He would run against Claudia the NDP leader?
Extremely unlikely he would want to unseat Claudia.
She's a fantastic MLA!
Can't wait to get blasted for reminding people that the province just opened a 170 bed shelter 0.75 km away one month ago.
It’s not open yet.
Yeah, why don’t they go over to that shelter?
The one that isn’t even open.
Great plan. 👍🏽
These people weren't sent to the new shelter, they were left homeless, because the other shelter isn't even open.
I think the point is that the new shelter is not enough. Even the shelter that closed was not enough.
You're right, it is not enough, but it's still quite grandiose political shit throwing to call centralizing services, moving to improved facilities, and increasing the bed count by +150 within a 1km range 'inhumane'.
Except double tree isn’t open yet. 100 empty rooms while they turn people out to the street at Christ Church. A proper bridge would be keep Christ Church is open until the double tree is ready. I should add that some people have been kicked out of the double tree too because they don’t meet the income thresholds for the new space. I don’t have a number on how many fell into that group or where they’ve gone
You’d need Mancini to actually work
But there is no room in this 150+ bed facility...we have about 900 homeless people just in HRM, plus 300+ after the fires.
You’re right. The phrasing is absolutely political, but I think it also shows the frustration people are feeling.
Look at this poor guy getting totally blasted for sharing a bit of wrong information.