DNC Board Meeting Minutes - Jan 14, 2014
Board Members: Roland C., Jacek L., Leo M., Jezz M., James O., Jewels C., Jamie R.,
Non-board members: Ian R., April S., Richard Cz., Ann L., Carl, Mark
Agenda adopted by motion
Women’s Committee and Budget
Jewels begins the discussion by describing a budget to be used to buy supplies to make crafts. Dream catchers, bracelets, things branded with the DNC logo. These things can be sold at the Street Market.
Jezz describes preliminary budget (11 months of $909 per month)
Items on budget are phones, roughly $30 for food and coffee for board meetings
Goal is to preserve $3k-$4k as a buffer.
Roland gives general summary of how the $5k was spent
Approx: 63% spent on food at board meetings, 23% spent on phones, and 14% on misc items (printing, Dodson rental, post office box, etc…)
Ann discusses the way that phones work at VANDU – people must answer their phones during certain hours, must keep the phone, etc…
James sets a time for the budget meeting this Thursday 11am WAVES
MOTION: James motions, Leo seconds to approve the budget of $200 for crafts for the Women’s group. motion passes.
Jacek summarizes the DNC survey responses
Tomorrow there is a co-chair’s meeting to discuss how to run the LAPP meeting on Friday.
This is the last LAPP meeting before the Council meeting on March 12th.
Discussion of the Swanson email that said that they did not want to participate in the survey.
Discussion that policing is not mentioned in the report
Discussion of the fact that Carnegie Centre gets $20M but Woodwards space gets no support
Ann presents the history of what has happened recently with VCH and the injection room closure.
VIDUS has concluded that IV users that needed assistance had the highest rates of aids and HEPC.
Insite said that nurses could not help people inject that are able to inject themselves.
VANDU started the program
Thomas Kerr studied the project “assisted injections”.
In new VANDU office about five years now, two years later started the assisted IR.
No one has ever died in the VANDU injection room
New federal law regarding injection sites will allow police to veto any site
Suspicion is that VPD said that they would permit Insite if VANDU was shut down
50-100 people injecting in VANDU everyday
VCH said that they would “monitor the overdoses” ie. They are expecting a spike in deaths. This is not acceptable to the neighbourhood.
Van will start running tonight
DNC can make a stand on this issue and demand to have a say in responsive health care for the community
Plan is to start at 3pm in the afternoon and operate near Dunlevy
Discussion of liability, and risks
MOTION: James O motions, Jamie R seconds, that this project be backed by DNC and that DNC be the agency of reckoning for the mobile van IR project. Motion passes.
Jewels wants a copy of C2 law
Membership/General Meeting discussion
Decision to meet at Waves at 11am
Need to follow up with Translink and push at the LAPP