Jon your hiding! Seriously dude, your hiding! You have never made any attempt to directly communicate with us. No meetings at a table. No conference calls you know since you’re clearly so covid concerned. You are hiding.
You have forced me into weekly Thursday protest. Every Thursday at 1 p.m. 111 Water Street I will be available for Jon Stovell to come and explain why he is right. Why his interoperation of the TRP is correct. How it is that he has in no way deceived us over the years and to his intent for the move back to 1188 Bidwell. How he had not played on the incompetence of the City of Vancouver staff/lawyers and how he cowed Mayor Kennedy Stewart into serving his will.
Mayor Stewart I will be protesting at City hall soon. You have a done nothing to help the average renters of Vancouver! You know you got elected by us and we thought we were getting something different – something better! You were only elected by 900+ votes. Slim win. I will work to cost you at least those 900. I will work hard to maker sure your betrayal of the renters of Vancouver is known in every corner of this city.
Come Protest with me every Thursday @ 1 P.M. 111 Water Street. That is the HQ of Reliance Properties Vancouver. Together we can make the greed and double-dealing deception of these greedy professional home wreckers extinct.
Reliance has a lot of power! However they do not have the power to shut me down or shut me up. I will not be cowed like the City of Vancouver into giving in and giCome Protest with me every Thursday @ 1 P.M. 111 Water Street. That is the HQ of Reliance Properties Vancouver. Together we can make the greed and double-dealing deception of these greedy professional home wreckers extinct.
Reliance has a lot of power! However, they do not have the power to shut me down or shut me up. I will not be cowed like the City of Vancouver into giving in and giving up. I will protest every week until they come to the table and talk. Reliance must honour the signed TRP contract. The only allies we have are each other. The city will not defend us. The city will not stand up to Vancouver property developers. The city would rather prostrate themselves to the greedy demovicting developers and throw the renters of Vancouver to the streets.
If we don’t stand up now Vancouver will become a wasteland of expensive condos no one except those that make + $81,000 a year can afford. I will protest every week until they come to the table and talk. Reliance must honour the signed TRP contract. The only allies we have are each other. The city will not defend us. The city will not stand up to Vancouver property developers. The city would rather prostrate themselves to the greedy demovicting developers and throw the renters of Vancouver to the streets. Remember those (Mayor Kennedy Stewart & Reliance Properties) on the wrong side HIDE!
You did that? Pat on the back for you. Now stand up for renters in Reliance buildings. @JonStovell thinks most of us earn $81,000 and can afford his rents at 1188 Bidwell. To date I know of nothing you have done to get him to humour our deal. #vanre#vanpoli@YVRTenantsUnion
Have you ever faced housing insecurity because of a broken rental agreement? Clearly I have and am as well as my fellow Baycrest comrades. We are facing down Reliance Properties Vancouver over a violated TRP agreement.
But this is not the first time in my life this has been an issue. I found myself in constant housing insecurity as a child. Before my 16th birthday, I must have moved at least 16 times. No wonder when the choice was mine I put down roots. Gerard and I lived at 1170 Bidwell for 17 years! That marked the longest time in my life I ever lived anywhere. And if not for the fact that Reliance tore it down to build the new building 1188 Bidwell we would still be living there now. I am not a fan of moving! Been there and done that too many times. I can’t even remember all the elementary and high schools I attended because of all the moves.
Have you ever been homeless? I have. It’s not fun! Granted I was not homeless for long but I can remember it vividly. I was 18 and foster care was at an end. I found myself with little to no supports. So I found myself on the streets of Langley B.C. for a couple of nights. Thank GOD it only lasted two nights. I slept in bank vestibules and was thankful I had a bank card so I could access them. Maybe not all homeless people have a bank card and I don’t know where then they find shelter for the night. I guess they don’t. I had a little money so I could eat and for the rest of that time, I just managed. It was scary and lonely. It was a scary moment where I felt alone and vulnerable. Nothing in my life had prepared me to survive this way. I really don’t know what would have happened if it had continued. Thankfully I had been a foster kid and the ministry took pity on me to get me into a motel for a month.
I put down roots these days. Left to my own devices I prefer to remain in my home. My hubby and I could be called nesters. Our home looks lived in and it is.
No official support from the Mayor! Mayor’s chief of staff said she would not recommend a letter of support.
“A deal is a deal and should be honoured. Tenant relocation policies should be clear, and followed through on, not weakened because of one parties use of ambiguity. And if deals are broken there need to be consequences.”
MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, February 5, 2020
I am wondering how many Vancouverites are questioning how Mayor Kennedy Stewart is supporting the Vancouver renter? Did you vote for Mayor Kennedy Stewart? I did. Did you get what you were voting for? Did you get the renters champion or Vancouver housing crisis support you were voting for? Mayor Kennedy Stewart why does your Chief of Staff not want to support us?
I know the mayor keeps touting his stance on renters’ rights and affordable housing. But the reality on the ground is he plays hide and seek with the stakeholders unless that is your a Vancouver Property Developer. I have been talking to many of those stakeholders as we get assistance to fight for our homes. From labour unions to legal advocates there is a general disappointment in Mayor Kennedy Stewart especially on his impact on the Vancouver housing crisis.
The press conference didn’t just get us some media attention. It got us a meeting with the mayors chief of staff (internal) Anita Zaebker. That represented the highest level city hall authority we had yet managed direct contact. We had a constructive conversation and we got to plead our case for clemency. We were able to try and make a case that the mayor could do something to get Reliance Properties to honour the agreement. To take some responsibility for the debacle this TRP has become given the fact that the city did approve it and issue permits based on it. We asked for at least a statement of support from the city. Something that would say what they tell to us at every call, meeting, and email. Something that backed our interpretation of the language and was disappointed that Reliance had violated at least the spirit of the agreement.
Today I was lucky enough to get a phone call from the chief of staff (internal) Anita Zaebker. Sadly we could not seem to find agreement on anything. We are not going to get the statement of support from the mayor. I keep hearing that the mayor is working for us and that he is trying to facilitate some kind of a deal that will see us get something we can accept. However when we ask what the result of this help is we hear nothing that is actionable. We get nothing that feels like reassurance this is getting sorted out and that city will prevail with the implementation of a TRP they approved and gave permits based on. You know basic city governance, implement the agreements you signed off on. Mayor Kennedy Stewart why does your Chief of Staff not want to support us?
The city keeps asking us to seed ground. They say to us in person and in email and on the phone that they support and share our interpretation of the agreement. They tell us that this TRP is not being implemented by Reliance Properties Vancouver as the city had intended or understood it would be. With that said they also say that the hold would be removed on the occupancy permit because Reliance had met some ambiguous interpretation. The city seems scared of something so they refuse to publicly back what they say to us in person. It is disheartening, to say the least. It’s that feeling like that feeling you get when you suspect you’re being cheated on.
A deal is a deal and should be honoured. Tenant relocation policies should be clear, and followed through on, not weakened because of one parties use of ambiguity. And if deals are broken there need to be consequences.— S Chandra Herbert (@SChandraHerbert) February 5, 2020
I wanna be wrong but then I look at the mayors track record of impact on renovictions and demovictions and I don’t feel inspired. I hear the advice of city management staff and I feel let down. We don’t want to be coached that we need to give up on getting the TRP implemented as the city had originally intended for it to be.