Thursday, 18 April 2013

DNC Board Meeting - April 18th, 2013

DNC Board Meeting - April 18th, 2013

Attendees: Garvin Snider, Roland Clarke, Richard Cunningham, Ludvik
Skalicky, Jacek Lorek, Diane Johnston, Leo Mayo*, James Oickle, Kevin
A*, Debbie Krull, Tami Starlight, Rob Morgan

Proposed Agenda:

Committee Reports
1) Email or Notification regarding DNC conflict
2) Request meeting between BCS and DNC Re: LAPP
3) Board Development - retreat
4) In Camera Rules
5) Request Ivan, Jean, Wendy not to come to DNC Board Meetings
6) Attendance rules of Board Members
7) Whistleblower protection for Lu
8) Intoxication at board meetigns not allowed
9) May general meeting
10) Closing and adjournment

Jacek chairs, Garvin takes minutesJacek declares the meeting in camera at the start

Jacek reads agenda, Garvin seconds, motion passes to accept the agenda

MOTION: Richard motions to accept the deal between Richard, Herb, and Michael Clague regarding the co-chair position at the LAPP. Subject to detailed and/or written reporting of Herb Varley to the board of the DNC at least once per month, and that the board has the constitutional authority to alter this agreement at any time. Also that the DNC board request a meeting with BCS. James seconds. Discussion. Motions Passes.

MOTIONRoland Motions that in future that at all DNC board meetings that during the opening, housekeeping, reading of minutes, and passing of agenda portions of the board meeting that we are automatically in camera. Lu seconds. Discussion. Motion passes. James votes against.

MOTIONRichard motions that an email and website posting goes out as a call out to any DNC member that may feel that they have a conflict with a present board member or the board itself, please send an email or letter describing the conflict. The members of the executive present today (Richard, Garvin, Roland) will get together and write the letter. Lu seconds. Motion passes unanimously.

MOTIONJacek motions that anyone coming to board meetings intoxicated and/or being disruptive that the person must leave immediately. Diane seconds. Motion passes unanimously.

MOTIONRichard makes a motion that as of this date, we will notify board members that are not attending board meetings that they need to come or their seat will be filled. This process will take place in stages.
1) First letter, please come to board meetings.
2) Second letter, if you don't come, your seat will be filled.
3) Third letter, the board has decided that someone else will fill your seat.
Roland seconds. Discussion. Motion passes.

MOTIONRoland motions that Ludvik, and others in the future that may in the same position be given whistleblower protection, essentially saying that his position as a DNC board member will not be reviewed and we
will not tolerate pressure. Discussion. Motion is tabled.

MOTIONRichard motions that we plan a board development retreat in May, possibly at a camp ground.
Debbie seconds the motion. Motion passed

Discussion of may general meeting is tabled.

Richard motions that Wendy, Ivan, Jean, Ann not be allowed to attend board meetings.
Roland seconds the motion. motion passes.

Richard motions to adjourn. Moment of silence.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

DNC General Meeting April 6th, 2013

DNC General Meeting April 6th, 2013

Facilitators: Richard Cunningham and Debbie Krull
Helpers: Leo, Lorna, Richard, Roland, Jacek, DJ, Kelly, Jaeme, Jason

Doors open at 2:30pm
People begin to feast.

Jean Swanson brings the sound system from the CCAP office with the
help of Jamie Richardson.

Garvin agrees to read the constitution

Debbie prepares to begin the opening song

Richard begins the meeting. "Welcome to our first general meeting of 2013"

Debbie does an amazing job with the opening song
Richard begins doing the housekeeping
Garvin reads the constitution

We introduce the new board members to the general membership. Each
board member gives a brief introduction to themselves.

Ann gives a brief introduction to the history of the DNC
Mentions Jean Swanson and DERA, mentions CCAP reports, also VANDU, and
subgroups like WAHRS
Because we had no resident's association, we had the first meetings in 2010.

Ivan Drury and Wendy Pedersen speak from the floor. They claim that we
are ramming through the agenda. There is general mayhem and argument.
Jean Swanson also jumps up and claims that the conflict is still going
on and there needs to be a resolution.

Dave Diewart comes forward and volunteers to reconvene the conflict
resolution committee
Motion on the floor to reconvene the conflict resolution committee.
Richard Seconds the motion.

Debbie talks about why the conflict resolution process has not been
continued by the board.

Garvin talks about the conflict resolution as well. We are in the
process of implementing the issues in the conflict resolution
recommendations. He urges the crowd to be patient.

Jean asks to speak in favour of the conflict resolution process. She
claims to know several members of the board that are not comfortable
coming to board meetings. There needs to be a process to resolve the
conflicts. Dave Diewart claims that he can reinstate the conflict
resolution process of last year.

Motion passes.

Homeless Dave gives a speech about his hunger strike.
Lists the many organizations that have endorsed his hunger strike.
Dave lists his 3 demands.
We need to be united today more than ever.

The break out sessions start at 4:04, Long after the planned time of
3:00. Debbie describes how each facilitator should lead the
A healthy, lively break out session begins. Lots of productive
conversations ensue at the tables.

Rob gives the first report:
Citizens committee that meets with Police should exist.
People should go to PIVOT and demand a class action lawsuit.
25% of condos in cole harbour are empty. They should be taxed if they are empty.
Street Market - not good to have a lot of drinking there. There should
be a market
during the week as well.
Salvation Army should show their books. We want to see the books
before the next election.
Welfare rates need to be raised, people are selling drugs to get money to live.
LAPP - 30% social housing, because if we ask for 30 we might get 25%

Take control of some of the ticketing. There is way more ticketing
done in the DTES.
Concern that there is a large population of people with health issues
without proper
services. this is overwhelming the service providers. People with
mental issues are
living along side people without and this is causing problems.
BC Housing should be more concerned with the retail spaces in their buildings.
Should be a federal housing and homeless strategy. Someone had a year
of manditory
transitional housing and could not get BC Housing until their year is up.
Street Market should expand to include food, arts, music and not be
just binners. There
should be a vendors council. There should be a neighbours relation committee.
Shelters - A charter of rights for homeless people in shelters. It
should be housing
and not shelters.

Needs to be monitoring of police to document what is going on now.
Housing - 10,000 units mayor promised
Street Market - we shouldn't allow people to sell hot stuff. It gives
the police a
reason to shut down the market. there should be more days not just sunday.
Shelters - there should be a bill of rights. This needs to be in all shelters.
LAPP - we did not know what this was.
Welfare - we need rates raised. we need food security.
Better process for people getting DDB2

Police brutality in the DTES. no more racism. we need to enforce our
rights to vend in public spaces.
An independent complaints office in the DTES. Have a no weapons day.
Accountability for things that are siezed. a lot of stuff is binned,
and they should be
able to get it back.

Welfare - its related to ticketing. People that have a job do not get
the same tickets and do not
go to jail.
LAPP - DNC should speak with one voice when at LAPP meetings.
Reverse psychology for ticketing.
Stop the ticketing. They are only allowed to vend one day a week.
Shelters - SROs are full of bed bugs.

Welfare rates are way too low. 846 a month. Shelter allowance is stupid low.
LAPP - people don't know about the LAPP
Policing - the police are in charge. No one holds them accountable.
Create chronic offenders. Racial profiling. People don't know that
they can say no to a search.
Housing - people are underhoused. Get stuck and can't get a better
place. Can't complain when moved from SRO to SRO room. bed bugs rats
alleys mice. SROs are dirty. Call for a squat before the election.
Street Market has changed so much. Not good for mobility. Gentrifition.
Shelters - stolen belongings. Need appeal process.

Herb stands up and speaks about the LAPP.
No motion is entertained.

Motion to Adjourn. Motion is passed. Moment of Silence.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

DNC Board Meeting - April 4th, 2013

DNC Board Meeting - April 4th, 2013

11 board members
Attendees: Jacek Lorek, Roland Clarke, Richard Cunningham, Garvin Snider, Diane Johnston, Debbie Krull, Kelvin Bee, Leo Mayo*, James Oickle, Jamie Richardson*, DJ Joe, Shannon Bundock, Tami Starlight, Ivan Drury*
*non-board members

Bill Beauregarde gave word that he could not attend. Rob Morgan gave word that he could not attend

Jacek chairs, Roland takes minutes, Debbie and Leo volunteer to stay for clean up. Roland reads minutesRichard motions to accept the minutes, Roland seconds. Motion carries.

During the reading of the minutes, Ivan Drury, Tami Starlight, and Shannon Bundock join the meeting
Proposed Agenda
 - 2-5 minute presentation requested by general member Ivan Drury regarding an email to his boss Jean Swanson
 - Social Housing Coalition
 - Financial Requests
 - General Meeting Planning
Jacek reads the agenda.
Tami Starlight moves to add an agenda item to our agenda - support for Social Housing Coalition
Agenda is approved
Ivan gives a report on DNC spending from 2012 and claims of lack of financial reporting to the DNC. The report is accepted by the board and the treasurer. Treasurer will read the report and ask further questions if there are any.

There is a request for previous minutes from the old board meetings from a board member to Ivan. There is a discussion that anything sent to the povnet list is in the archive and can be accessed by anyone.

Ivan makes a formal request to the DNC board that he be given protection from Roland Clarke. Ivan claims that he is afraid of Roland Clarke and claims that he believes that Roland Clarke is crazy and that is pursuing a goal of destroying him. He makes a further claim that Roland Clarke has attacked him in past and feels that he is not strong enough to defend himself against Roland Clarke and makes a request to the board to intervene and protect him from Roland Clarke.

Ivan requests that this demand be added to the minutes.

There is a request from a board member that Ivan's demand be delivered in writing. There is another request by a board member that Ivan Drury provide the board with a comprehensive list of those board members who frighten him, so the board can properly deal with the issue. Presentation and discussion continues for approximately 45 minutesmuch longer than the allotted time. Chair tables the discussion to the next meeting due to time limitations.

Financial Requests

Treasurer presents to board spending requests associated with past board food and spending necessary for April 6th general meeting. Motion to accept 4 items of spending for the General Meeting
Roland motions, Garvin seconds, motion carries
Request will be included in this minutes.

Debbie presents a proposal for a community celebration on May 5th for Lek Lek'i
Wants to blanket the community. Coming to DNC first. Requesting $1,000 for 60 blankets. Request to have description in writing. Request tabled to next meeting.
Tami presents the 6 demands of Social Housing Coalition. Jacek motions to support the demands, Debbie seconds, motion passes unanimously

At this point, after Tami finishes her presentation, Tami, Shannon, and Ivan leave the meeting
Board development discussion

Debbie proposes a motion that in the future for an extraordinary agenda item at a board meeting to be added by a general member, person must come to the board meeting one week in advance or notify the secretary before the meeting one week in advance of their requested appearance. Also that the agenda be constructed to reflect a standard set of items: Opening (Housekeeping), Minutes Approval, Agenda Approval, Committee Reports, Financial Reports, Announcements, Special items, Closing
Jacek seconds the motion. Motion passes unanimously.

Volunteers for the general meeting
Kelvin, Leo, Debbie, Roland, Jacek, James, Garvin, Jamie, Diane all
volunteer to be at the Dodson on Saturday at 2pm to help setup.

Discussion of procedures of the general meeting. Roland volunteers to take minutes. Garvin volunteers to be the timer. Discussion of adding Tami's request for an agenda item on the Social Housing Coalition to the general meeting agenda.

Motion to adjourn. Kelvin does the closing.