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711£ CARNEGIE CRESCENT PUBLISHED BY THE CARNEGIE CENTRE 401 MAIN ST. VANCOUVER V6A 2T7 VOLUME I I, NUMBER 4 - NOVEMBER 1982 LOCAL VIOLENCE Who Kills Whom? Who's Next? TWENTY-NINE PEOPLE WERE MURDERED IN VANCOUVER IN 1981 ;1nd 25 so far this year. Since 1978 there have been 136 11urders. city-wide--33 in the Downtown Eastside. According to Vancouver Police Chief Bob Stewart, this city's typical murder victim fits the same profile as our typical murderer. Both are 30 to 35 year-old native Indians with a crim-inal record of assault, robbery, and dangerous weapons offences. Both usually have a history of anti-social be-havior due to problem drinkin!:J. The victim is usually beaten or stabbed to death, most often in his own place of residence. A recent survey by Vancouver police detectives Bill Harkema and Ron Rowland of 49 Vancouver homicides in the last two years adds more to the profile. They found that 42 per cent were 1 iquor-related and fit the fol lowing pattern: The victim is a heterosexual male, while the suspect is a heterosexual of either sex. Both victim and suspect are married common-law, are 30 to 35 years of age, and usually native Indian. Both are unemployed and live in the Downtown Eastside. Since this survey was completed there have been three more m11n1ers of this type in the neighbourhood . of ~~~~~~!/!~~m~h~h~~s~a~} ~~l f~;a r~~~e~o~~a~h~o~~l~~~J by Indians coming to Vancouver from remote conrnuni ti es. What is our collective responsibility for this kind of fratricide? What does the profile above tell us about our neighbourhood? Can Carnegie Centre make a difference in reconciling cu I tura 1 differences? JOHN TURVEY, NATIVE YOUTH PROJECT WORKER Who's Responsible? ALMOST EVERY DAY WE HEAR ABOUT SOMEBODY GETTING ROLLED near the park, beat up in an alley, or stabbed in a bar. The statistics and profiles tell us lots of grim facts, but only make a horrible situation a little less real. Those figures on paper don't look like black eyes, broken teeth, or bloody stitches from a stab wound. They don ' t sound like the screams of despair from those who loved the corpse that was once a man. We're given lots of explanations. If there was less drinking, drug taking, or lysol guzzling, then people would have more respect for each other. If there weren't so many cheap weapons available, pe~ple wouldn't be so quick to prey on each other. If there were more police; if they cared a bit more; if some cops didn't misuse their authority. If, if, if . . . It ' s always somebody else ' s fault . No one seems to take responsibility for the guy beside him. It's true that alcohol and drugs and all those other highs can make a guy mean. Some people wouldn ' t be half so brave without a cheap buck-knife st r apped to their belt. Ther e aren ' t ever enough cops and we all know that some-times a cop may be too pushy. But when you think it out, maybe all those reasons don't tell the whole story . When Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa was in Vancouver, he talked about a concept that seems to have disappeared from our neighbourhood : caring for your fellow man . ON OCTOBER 26 THE URBAN CORE WORKERS ASSOCIATION DISCUSSED increased violence in the Downtown Eastside, Several of those present urged the group to take action or develop strategies to cope with the violence. Others took a broader view. "Violence is a societal problem," said one mem-ber. Another suggested, "The police should be called and told to be more vigilant." Two groups are trying to deal with the problem. A local Ministry of Human Resources office is looking at ways to get better acquainted with other area workers so as to provide more safety for each other on the street. The Royal Bank Community Branch will be closing at 4:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m. and will only cash cheques for those who live or work in the area. The article below asks, "Who is responsible?" The answer has to be all of us, including urban core workers. There are over 40 agencies in the area. Can thest> organizations work together to take prevetative action before more of their clients and/or workers are seriously hurt? RON VICKSON Vigilantes are not the answer and street patrols may not be necessary here, But there are other ways that each individual can help cut down violence on the streets . For example, walk a buddy home, We all know someone who lives nearby. Get to know them better by walking them home. Everybody knows that taking an alley as a short-cut can be dangerous, so don't do it. A few extra minutes getting home is better than spending several days in hospital. If you see someone being attacked , yell, scream, call a cop, or get someone's attention. You don ' t have to get physically involved, but you can probably scare somebody off just by doing something. Remember, anyone who attacks someone weaker than himself is a coward, not a hero. When the police ask you to help out by being a witness, screw up your courage and say yes. The next life you save may be your own. What it all works down to is this: if you really care about your neighbourhood, your buddies, and yourself, stop accepting all the "ifs" as excuses for doing nothing and start taking some responsibility yourself . Talk it over with your friends and you may find that you can come up with some other ideas to make this a safer neighbourhood. Let's start caring more for each other and make the streets safe for all of us. TONY SEAVER 2 EVICTIMIZING THE ELDERLY It's time to take another l ook at the aphor i sm: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." After getting to know some of the "old dogs" who visit Carnegie Cent re every day, I've grown skeptical about the t eachability of those beyond middle age. Their life ex-perience i s rich; their minds are alert. But , like my eight year-old l;:rihrador, they don't want to change their ways any more tnan I do. So there's some truth in the ancient adage about ed-ucat ing ol d dogs. But our oldsters may be able to teach the rest of us a lot, if we are willing to learn. For example, they like to be left alone, free to slt on the sidelines and watch the passing parade. Many of these pensioners ca re litt le for wealth, yet somehow they always seem to have enough money. They have learned to live successfully on the margin of an affluent. acquis-itive society by avoiding the pressures that run most of our lives. With reasonable financia l support. the secur-ity of an inexpensive room, and no interference from social-worker types , most of these old codgers can direct their own r1.ffilirs. But the current financial squeeze combined with fast-moving urban development scherres threatens this si~le, almost coMfortable, but fragile lifestyle. Can we assure oldsters the opportunities they deserve to do things for themselves? In Vancouver, the biggest question is--will we provide them with enough affordable housing so they can live where they choose? Or will timorous µlanners force them to move elsewhere because of B.C. Place style "gentrification" schemes, as the money-men transform our downtown core to suit the af-fluent ge ntry? Old dog,; can be suspicious and stubborn , and Vancou-ver's older ')owntown r es iden ts are no exception . Their worries increase as they watch low- cost housing sabo-taged in their neighbourhoods. They are turfed out systematically by escalating rents; "upgraded" rooming houses beyond their means; the construction of tourist hotel s , higt1 rise apartments for office workers, and parking 9arages. I-Jill they hunkc.- do,m ,;ind rc:,i:,t ho.vin9 th,:;:i,- neigh -bourhood gentrified? Will the planners abandon their urban remova 1 schemes? Seniors are attracted to Vancouver , and long-time residents want to stay put. But where will our ol der citizens live if evictimizing the elderly doesn't stop? No one provides clear answers . Faced with a shrinking housing market, a decline of affordable housing, escalating rents, double-talking developers, and some hesitant city officials, our elder-ly residents may sot,11 have no place to l ive. Homelessness is rampant in big U.S . cities. Portland , Oreg?n . conmunity organizers have opened up a variety of subs 1 d1Zed emergency she 1 ters. Some Downtown Easts i ders w?uld like to see the recently. closed Hastings-Main l1qu?r store used this way and operated with B.C. Place prof1 ts. In Santa Monica, California, the city council re-quires downtown developers to supply a fixed amount of low-cost housing before it issues a building permit. Will our Council be as tough. or will we continue to have a major portion of our city run from Victoria? lack of foresight could even doom us to New York City's predicament . Since last fall, the "Big Apple" has been under court order to provide adequate shelter for thous -ands of homeless people--many of them elderly. "We're antiques," one Vancouver oldtimer told me as the deve 1 ope rs tore down his residence, "but unfortunate-ly our value doesn't seem to increase with time." We can learn a lot from these old folks, if we plan our downtown deve 1 opment so they wi 11 be able to stick around. Some of them can be cantankerous, exasperating, frustrating old codgers when it comes to facing up to "progress," but they force the rest of us to keep things in perspective--to pay attention to relationships that we sometimes take for granted. Until his dog's recent death, wildlife painter Rob-ert Bateman shared daily walks around his acreage with Smallwood, a massive black Labrador. Nose to the ground, the dog usually led the way, sniffing out details for his master's attention. " I found myself noticing things that caught his in-terest , " says the 51 year-old Canadian artist. "It was a world of the square yard--com1ronplace but complex. He probably taught me as much as I taught him." Will we give as much respect to our city's elderly cit izens? JIM McDOWELL Edi tor ERNIE SNOW DIES Ernie Snow giving Mike Harcourt some free advice during the 1980 election. Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Sun. ON AUGUST 26 LONG-TIME OOWNTOWN EASTSIDE RESIDENT Ernie Snow passed away at age 82. Several Carnegie Centre staff members and one Board member. who had come to know Ernie over the years, attended his funeral. Ernie was a frequent patron of the Centre and he helped out by watering the plants throughout the building. Ernie enjoyed the political debates that took place at the Centre and engaged Mike Harcourt in lively discussion during the 1980 election campaign. Ernie will be remembered for his battered hat, well-worn cane. and tattered three-piece suit that was always decorated with slogan buttons. The Centre's plants haven't been the same since his death. JERY LOWE THE CARNEGIE CRESCENT IS PUBLISHED BY THE Carnegie Centre and funded completely by the Carnegie Community Centre Association. Unless noted otherwise. the opinions ex-pressed are entirely those of the author in each case and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editor, publisher, or editorial C011111ittee of the Board. This issue was produced by: the authors indicated ; editorial board members Martin Baker , Donato Coletta, Don Larson, Tony Seaver; edi,tors Aggie Christiansen, Jim McDowell. ASIAN FILM SHOCKS CENTRE MEMBER 3 A DOCUMENTARY FILM--"SHOCKING ASIA"--shown in May and September at the Chinatown Theatre, 77 East Hastings Street liv~d up to the adjective in its title, according to this rev1ewer. After I c001plained about what I thought was pornographic content, morality squad detectives- Kelly Reynolds and George Hake took the film to the B.C. Film Classification Branch at 140 East 8th Avenue, where they viewed it with Director of Film Classification M.L. McCausland, her two assistants, and Chinatown Theatre owner Mr. Lee. After some deliberation, the film was approved for showing. All films shown in B.C. must be passed by the Director of Film Classification who has the power to cut out scenes or ban films that violate guidelines set down by the Attor-ney Gerneral 's Department. The purpose of these regula-tions is to protect the public from exposure to pornogra-phic, violent, indecent scenes that are revolting to public morals. Vancouver police can seize a film and turn it over to a prosecutor for action if they think a film vi o 1 ates the Criminal Code even if it has been passed by the f)irector of Film Classification. In this case, 11etective Reynolds said, "The theatre was required to take down some of the adver-tising outside anrl post a 'Restricted' warning, otherwise we wouldn't have allowetl it to continue." Some of the objectionable scenes included a couple having intercourse and a staged performance in a sex "museum" in Japan. The latter included a wo11an being whipped, women bound--one to a rotating wheel - -and a naked woman groaning under hot, dripping wax. At this point, one woman in the audience became so upset she left the theatre. Accordinq to McCausland the whipped and bound women were durrrnies, b,,t a naketl woman contorterl in a C1lass ball anrl rolled about by a museum customer was real. My Chinese friend said she was unaware of the wax figures, which were not mentioned by the corrrnentator. "The film (with no English subtitles) was produced joint-ly by Gennan and Taiwanese or Hong Kong film-makers; we can ' t tell for sure which," said McCausland. Apart from the sexu,11 ,renes, the film included bizarre portrayals of self-mutilation by purported religious fanat-ics_ in India or Malasia, the sadistic killing of reptiles , two parades in Japan- -one of women who carried replicas of the male phallus; another 30-second shot of Nazis being cheer-ed by a crowd. There was a brief scene showing mourners at a cremation ceremony in India fol lowed by a slower paced presentation of a corpse in a river being pounced on by vultures. My Chinese companion explained that there seemed to be in-sufficient wood to cremate the corpse completely. "I had to close my eyes during two parts of the film be-cause of my own revulsion to what I saw," said Detective Reynol ds. "Others might like it, but I di dn't . But I didn't find the show as a whole objectionable. It wasn 1 t a porno film." "What bothered me most was t he sex- change operat i on ," said Detective Hake. McCausland believed the sex- change operation from male to female was authentic . Filming of the outside of Queen Eliz-abeth Hospital in Singapore was followed by what appeared to be a middle aged East Indian doctor explaining via a trans-lator the reason for performing such operations. The pa-tient was seen being photographed (for medical reasons) in the nude by another doctor. Incisions for sexual change were made along with a breast transplant. The film was in colour. Occasionally it seemed that the actors were speaking Eng-lish that hacl been tlubbed out anti replace<i by the Chinese corrrnentator's voice. This film may be shown worldwide and presented in many languages . It was translated into English during its showing at the Film Classifcation office. When I asked McCausland if such translations could leave out cer-tain subtleties, she said, "We have good interpreters and the film tends to speak for itself. " But a cornnentator can have tremendous impact on whether the audience sees a film in an objective way or becomes involved on an emotional level . It's the emotional level that sells films. One of the film's most rlevastatino effects is its ex-ploitation of unwilling participants . The film-maker takes us through the doors of several homes in Singapore where un-suspecting women sitting in their l iving rooms suddenly be-come conscious of the camera and try to escape its focus. All are presented as "prostitutes" by the commentator . In the same locale two persons who appeared nude tried to tuck in their male genitals in embarassment so ;:,.s to appear as women. Mc Ca us 1 and suggested that many as i an films seemed to pre-sent certain areas of the Far East in a biased way. But when 1 asked, "If this film were shown in English, would it incite racial antagonism?" she replied, "Only by those who are inclined that way anyway." McCausland compared the documentary to certain National Geographic magazine articles as far as presenting infonna-tion to which the public is entitled. But such information usually comes from a reliable source. The introductory English preamble to "Shocking Asia " failed to reveal the names of any responsible persons or institutions. It merely stated that the film had taken a hundred years of research by professionals. ATHENA LAKES World's Noisiest Library ~- I .1· -ON OCTOBER 23 AND 24 CARNEGIE CENTRE HELD ITS THIRD annual Eastside Folk Fair, which is becoming the Downtown Eastside ' s main cultural event each year. Organized by recreation programmer Susan Gordon with help from the Centre's staff and volunteers , the Folk Fair is an exciting combination of music, dance, and food from different countries and cultures . "The Fair brings a cultural event to our neighbour-hood like those that go on in other parts of the city," says Gordon . "It's the one event that people ask about all year long. Each year it gets bigger . " The Fair opened Saturday night with a sensitive, mell-ow presenta t ion of traditional Japanese music by Takeo Yamishiro playing the shakuhachi and Teresa Kobayashi on the koto. "Teresa is probably the best koto player in Canada, " noted Yamashiro . "She studied the instrument from child-hood with her mother--a master koto player. " Kobayashi is pr esident of the Vancouver Koto Ensemble. The koto is a harp- l ike string instrument. Yamashiro is one of our country ' s outstanding perform-ers on the shakuhachi--a bamboo flute. He is also dir-ector of the nearby Japanese Volunteers Centre . The even ing was topped off by Themba Tana's group of African drummers . Carnegie Hall resonated with throb-bing drums, gentle chants, and delicate finger piano mel-odies presented by the ever-popular trio . The following morning the Triumph Street Pipe Band--runners-up in world competition in Edinburgh, Scotland --warmed the blood of people on the street and woke Sunday sleepers to the fact that the Fair was in full-swing. Led by Carnegie Conununity Centre Association board mem-ber Ron Vickson and volunteers Mary Lou Bowes and Harold Kearney, the bagpipers marched about eight blocks around the neighbourhood . The rest of the day displayed a rich variety of dancers , singers, and musicians in two separ ate theatres in this busy downtown cornrr.unity centre . "This has got to be the noisiest library in the world," declared loyal Centre member Jerry Barker . The Old Car-negie Public Library is now a urban core community centre. "The success of this year's event was due to the in-credible amount of energy put in by staff and volunteers , " said Fair organizer Gordon . "I'm sure glad we had a big committee to help. " She paid special thanks to Gill Bow-man, Cindy Carson, Ron Dutton, Fred Fuchs, Barbara Jackson, Carol Weaver, and about 30 volunteers . JIMMY STEWART, FOLK FAIR M.C. 4 FIDDLING WAS HIS ART (Th e Thoma s Rabbitt s tory , as t o ld by Danny Rabbitt) MY GRANOfATHER, MICHAEL RABBITT, WAS BO~N IN GALLWAY, IRELAND. As a young man he emigrated to England to work as a servant on a large estate. He earned enough rooney to book passage to Nova Scotia, where he settled in Glace Bay , Cape Breton about 1830. Four years later he 1oarfied Julia Roach. My father, Thomas l~abtitt w~s born there on May ~ . 1858--the second of three boys. Daniel wos the eldest; M1chael the youngest. We had two sisters--Mary and Honor~ . My father's fir:it job was in the Sydney ·Coal Mme at f1ve cents an hour for twelve hours a day. He was 17 years old. In January 1876, Thomas shipped out of Halifax on a French Canadian schooner and landed in Fort William sometime in March. It took him three months to sail around Cape Horn where they encountered rough sailing . _ . _ . Arriving ln Fort William , Thomas got_a w1nter Job w1p1~g engines in a roundhouse. Later he repaired the wood-burning steam locomotives and then becarre a brakeman. He ran along a cat-walk w1th a pick handle that he used to set the hand-brakes whenever the engineer whi s te led. The slippery, 12 inch plank on top of the swaying boxcars was too hazardo~s to make thi s a lifetime job. Because Thomas had some ship-yard experience and was an expert broad-axe man, he landed a job with the American Bridge Company. He began work on the Assinaboine River bridge and ended in Henderson, Ken-tucky. When he later arrived in Vancouver, Thomas took a guard job at the New Westminster Penitentiary. As soon as the Canadarn Pacific Kai lway started to lay track into the B.C. interior, he began working for Sinclair and Tappen contrac-tors, who bu1lt bridges and trestles f?r the CPR. As a bridge construction foreman, he supervlSed 35 men. At that time , Vancouver had on ly one sawmi 11--Hastings M1ll--so al I the bridge material had to be felled and hew-ed by broadaxe close to the work site. Thomas se l ected each tree. He picked out every sill and girde~ for the _ pilings used to build the Nicorren Slough, Harrison, and Pltt River bridges . These timbers were hewed in the woods and hauled to the building site by two span of oxen, owned an d driven by Abe Willis. The Willis family now lives in Chil liwack. These five-decked, wooden trestles arching the Fraser Canyon route we r e someth ing to behold. The top deck Howe Trusses were masterpieces. These were built on false work and then raised by block and tackle with ox teams before being bolted together in place. These thirty- to forty-foot spans were made of several lengths, trussed overhead with timber and secured by bolts and sway braces. The structure had to be stout and st rong enough to en-dure vast loads . All the stringers had to fit into a camber (an upward arc) that could carry hundreds of tons of moving locomotives and loaded cars. If the camber sagged beyond a level degree, the bridge would collapse, so precision work was essential. By the time Thomas completed the Sicamous Bridge decking in October 1885, he had survive d two train wrecks. In one crash, a steer fell through the cross ties, got its legs r:aught, and de rail ed the locomotive, which ?verturned an? dropped into the water below. When the engine blew up, 1t kil l ed the engineer, a fireman, and five Chinese riding on a f l atcar where they were working on firebox abutments. After completing the Sicamous Bridge, Thomas bought a pack horse and a saddle horse and headed south, following the western shoure of lake Okanagan . My uncle, lJan iel Kabbitt, Captain lom Shorts, and Price tll 1son were in business at Spallumcheen , B.C. with Wood Cargile, who also held 900 acres on Mission Creek where Rutland now stands . Cargile and my uncle also operated a packing and cutting p lant that made bacon and hams, a grist flour mi 11, and a large farm where they grew tobacco and manufactured cigars. The advent uresome Thomas travelled by trail to Granite Creek v1 a Ke l own a, Pent i cton, Keremos, Hedley, and Princeton. Granite Creek was booming with about 3,500 miners. It had three saloons, a grocery store, and a bakery. Travelling west along the Tulameen River past Coalmont, Thomas preempted 320 acres that he later sold to Coalmont Coll1erie£ rn 1910 after he located the first coal at Blake-burn in 19og-_ Danny Rabbitt practicing in Carnegie Art Gallery . Photo by Jirm,y Stewart. Then he camped at Utter Flat (now TutameenJ and made friends with fol ks in the area. He built a boat to trans-port supplies from Okanagan landing to what he called "Sore House Point" (now called Squally Point) at the mouth of Trout Creek. Next he cut a pack horse trail along the creek to Princeton, which eliminated over 40 miles of travel. Finally, he moved his store to Slate Creek, where he oper-ated a general store that had a whiskey license for several years. In 1907, a fire destroyed the s tore. As placer gold mining waned in the area, most white men had moved on to the Cari boo, l i 11 oeet, and the Yukon. Only Chinese remained on the river. So Thomas acquired about 1300 acres of land and built a permanent house about two miles beyond Tulameen, where he now lies buried with my mother and other family rrembers. It was Thomas' love of music that made his life rreaning-ful. At the age of thirteen he won a fiddling contest in Sydney, Nova Scotia. There were 33 contestants. He had to play twelve different songs. Years later , a f i re at his brother's pl ace in Spalllfl1cheen destroyed his violin. The day before he died, Thomas Rabbitt played at a dou -ble wedding. He loved music and fiddling was his art. When people said, "Tom, you are great on the violin ," he rep li ed, "I don't play a violin, but I'm hell on a fiddle.:· RECORDED ANO TRANSCRIBED BY LAUREL KIMBLEY life is l ike a bank account: you only get out as much as you put in. Experience is the interest. MARY SMITH CARNEGIE 'CREW' SAILS TO LASQUETI 5 ISLAND "This cruise is f .. . ing excellent," declared 19 year-old Herman Pete as the 36-foot ketch Ika rounded the northeC"n tip of Lasqueti Island on August 23 and started the 55-mile journey back to Vancouver. Organized by Carnegie Centre youth worker John Turvey. the six-day cruise gave four young men from the Downtown Eastside a unique experience in unfamiliar surroundings. It also launched my vacation and helped me get better acquainted with these representatives of an important group of Carnegie mcmbers--Native young adults. Herman threw himself into sailing, fishing , and swim-ming but his enthusiasm for rowing the dingy each time we dropped anchor gave him the temporary nickname "Thrasher." Early-riser Blondie Prince was the most persistent and possibly most frustrated deep-sea fisherman in the group. The novice sailors trolled for salmon unsuccessfully in Sabine Channel and Stevens Passage during our circumnav-igation of Lasqueti. Although they pulled in a few ling cod, rock cod, and tiny spring salmon, the big sockeyes hauled in by commercial boats eluded their lures. Although he was slow to gee his sea legs, versatile Vic Parenteau tried everything and kept the group enter-tained with his late-night yarns and sense of humour. Fred Arrance provided a subtle mixture of practical politics and down-home cooking. "His bannock was one of the trip's treats," said Turvey, whom the foursome affec-tionately call "Honk," instead of "Honky." Each crew member, including this "old man," shared the housekeeping and sailing chores. But the key person was skipper David Martin, whose genero!:ity and goodwill'made the whole journey possible . Martin is a youth worker at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House who frequently takes small groups of urban youth on short voyages . Every trip leaves its own memories. I remember a diving osprey, hovering eagles , a c:hattering kingfisher, patrol-ling herons, and a lazy sea otter basking in the evening sun. I doubt that Fred will soon forget the first time we heeled over in a stiff 30-knot northwester. We drove Ika into the wind along the west coast of Texada Island and Blondie, Vic, and Herman clung excitedly to the rail as white water boiled over the opposite gunwhale . Sticking his head out of the cabin, Fred took one look at the sharply tilting deck and asked anxiously, " Is this normal?" Not one to miss the action, Fred spent most of the morn-ing perched in the stern, shifting from side to side each time we tacked. Vic and Herman still cherish their vision of cultivat-ing a secret marijuana plantation. For three days an RCMP helicopter flew up and down the island from dawn to dusk searching for isolated groves of home grown "Lasqueti weed." Because of its dry, hot climate, the island is a well-known supplier of high-grade grass. The authorities do what they can to discourage this illegal agriculture. "For a small percentage of islanders it almost represents a grass-roots economy," said Martin. "The Mounties spend about $900 a day to search with that helicopter ," reported one long-time Lasqueti resi-dent, "but they probably find less than 20 per cent of the crop." Ten officers chopped down the plants , which were burned later. About l, 100 kilograms of marijuana worth around $100,000 went up in smoke . The wisdom of this expensive harassment program was put in question quickly for us, when Vic and Herman located a small patch of ten trees on their first mission after hiking into the bush for less than an hour . Except for a few specimen leaves to verify their find, they left the grove untouched and raced back to the boat, fearing a blast of buckshot at any moment. Beyond a brief social smoke by younger crew members before a round of volleyball with a local team, the entire trip remained drug-and-alcohol free. But after losing two out of three games , the Carnegie team suspected the pre-game smoke revealed as much strategy as hospitality. Although the downtown eastsiders extended cautious feelers into the other lifestyles that they met on this voyage , they never let go of their roots in the urban core. "We're from the 'skids,"' announced Fred proudly when the streetwise foursome first met the laid-back islanders. "You know--Main and Hastings, where the action is," he explained. At our last anchorage in Rouse Bay , Blondie rose at dawn to make coffee and wake up the skipper so the group c.ould get back to Vancouver in time to celebrate "Mardi Gras" (welfare cheque issue day) at the Marble Arch--their favourite hang-out. "If I didn' t have an old lady with a child on the way to return to," said Herman, "I ' d like to stay another week." JIM MCDOWELL Herman "Thrasher" Pete steers toward Lasqueti Island as skipper David Martin and youth worker John Turvey watch. Pho to by Jim McDowell 6 NOVEMBER 20 IS WHAT ARE THE ISSUES? THE DOUBLE THE VOTE COMMITTEE (52 in 82) IS A SHORT-TERM on-partisan coalition made up of representatives from Car-egie Centre, First United Church, and the Downtown East-ide Residents ' Association. The Committee's goal is to ouble the local voter turnout in the 1982 civic election, Its basic aim is to help save the neighbourhood for res-idents by increasing the participation of informed citizens To stimulate voter interest, the Committee c:oncentrpted n an educational project that publicized these key commun-ity-wide issues: - Establishing a fixed percentar,te of affordable housing in B. C. Place. - Saving, upgrading, and increasing affordable housing in the Downtown Eastside . - Protecting the community from the impact of increasing downtown traffic. - Informing the community as to how a ward system in Vancouver will work . - Explaining how the referendum on nuclear dis-armament relates to the civic election . (See meeting an nouncement, this page . ) PADDY JONES WHO'S RUNN ING? For ~ Jonathan Baker (NPA) Ned Dymtryshyn Michael Harcourt"" (Indep COPE: Carmella Allevato Delicia Crump Libby Davies Bruce Eriksen"" Sol Jackso n Harry Rankin~ Bruce Yorke"" NPA: Don Bellamy* Fred Cavanagh Nathan Divinsky "" Pam Glass Warne tt Kennedy* Paul McCrae Phillip Owen George Puil"" Rod Raglin Dominic Watson TEAM: May Brown* Marguerite Ford'' TRAC: Stan Bennett John Dusanj Howard Hayden Frank Mascone Jack Say Yee Independents running with Mayor Har court: Erich Ewert Carole Walker Bill Yee Independents: Helen Boyce* Elenor Hadle y Frank Helden Thomas Hodgson William Jaffe * Incumbent COPE: Joe Arnaud Mike Chrunik Connie Foga l Tim Louis Peter Marcus Jim Quail Pat Wil son"" NPA: Malcolm Ashford Allen Be nnett"" Jim Harvey Anne He yes And y Livingstone* Doug Howat"" George Wainborn Independents: Ian Bain David Kilbey COPE: Frank Fuller Wes Knapp* David Lane Michael O' Neill"" Gary Onstad* Philip Rankin* Sandra Rogan Jasjit Sandhu Pauline Weinstein"" NPA : Bill Brown"" Kim Campbell* Ken Denike Karl Erdman Bryan Hannay Neil Kornfeld Ken Livingstone David Smith Graeme Waymark Independents: Tom Alsbury* Brian Barber Allen Tapper Peter Westlake Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. GEORGE G. NATHAN LOCAL REGISTRAT ION CENTRE TOPS 12 OTHERS THE DOUBLE THE VOTE COMMITTEE'S FIRST TASK WAS TO GET Downtown East side residents enume r ated . The Committee organized a publicity campaign to inform local citizens of the upcoming civic election and to ur ge them to register so they could exercise their right to vote . Information booths were set up and leaflets were distributed door to door . Working closely with the City Clerk during the enumer-ation period in flve local polling districts (see map) the Committee helped r esidents register to vote. During the final week of r egistration (August 16-20), the Carnegie Centre Voter Registration Centre registered more voters (216) than any of the other 12 centres in the city . There were also several change of address requests and hundreds of general queries by local residents. ''We were pleased to see such a response," said enumer-ation committee chairperson Barbara Jackson . "I t reflects the work we ' ve done to date." The recently released 1982 Civic Voter's List s hows that 9, I 16 local r es i dents have registered to vote. Al-though this figu r e is bel ow the 1980 figu re , the Committee believes this is due to the loss of residential rooms in the Downtown East side ove r the past two years . PADDY JONES POLLING STATIONS FOR THE NOVEMBER 20, 19B2 CIVIC ELECTION If you are registered to vote and ... ... ~ iD., ... then you vote ~: Poll #B Poll #9 Poll #10 Poll Ill Poll #12 Catholic Youth Centre - 650 Richards St. Sisters of Atonement - 255 Dunlevy St. First United Church (gym) - 320 E. Hastings Strathcona Community Centre - 597 Keefer St. Seymour School - 1130 Keefer St. If you have moved since you were registered to vote in the civic election, or you are not sure if you are on the voters' list, then contact Paddy Jones at Carnegie Centre (3rd Floor) or phone her at 665-2220. MEETING SET ON • HOT' ISSUE ON NOVEMBER 11 THE DOUBLE THE VOTE COMMITTEE IHLL HOLO a public meeting on nuclear disarmament to: - Inform residents as to how this issue relates to the referendum that wi 11 be held duri nQ the civic e le c-ti on on November 20. - Introduce the civic can di dates and their pas it i ons on tt-iis referendum issue . - Provide an opportunity for residents to question the candidates on nuclear disarmament. The meetinq will begin with the film, "If You Love This Planet: Dr. Helen Caldicott on Nuclear War." It will be followed by corrments from a representative of each pol it -ical organization that is running candidates. The rest of the meeting will be open for questions and corrments from the audience.• This may be fa 11 owed by a debate of the referendum issue. ELECTION Centre volunteer Bill Brown walkeci the neighbourhood this summer urg-ing people to register. Photo by Gi 11 Bowman. DEMOCRACY On one occasion I remarked that democracy had at least one merit: a Member of Parliament cannot be stupider than his constituents, for the more stupid he is, the more stupid they were to elect him. BERTRAND RUSSELL Democracy is a process by which the people are free t o choose the man who wi 11 get the b 1 ame. LAURENCE J. PETER A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. BERTRAND DE JOUVENEL swear to the Lord still can't see Why democracy means Everybody but me. LANGSTON HUGHES 01 FFERENCES In the U. S.A. we have Ronald Reagan. Bob Hope, and Johnny Cash. In Canada we have Pierre Trudeau, no hope, and no cash. GEORGE HI LLABY JT"S OUR ONLY WEAPON The poor outnumber the rich. If we a 11 exercise our vote, we could bring the government to its knees. The destruction of this nei9hbourhood anrl of human beings must be stopped. The "Roman Empire" should never have been allowed to build in this neighhourhoor1 . I have visions of the rich feeding the poor to the lions when the new stadium opens. Of course the government will provide numerous chariots at the taxpayers' expense to transport people to each event. The poor shoul d demonstrate before their rights are taken away. We must elect those who will fight for decent afford-able housing, a better standard of living, and greater pro-tection for our children. People in this neighbourhood should vote because it is the only weapon we have . IRENE SCHMIOT DAY 7 WHY SHOULD PEOPLE VOTE? ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS VOICE YOUR OPINION VC'I'INC IS ;JHA'!' r,iA~.t::S OU~ FO., , .. OF GC'/ERN!,'.ENT .;hen our countr·_y was beint: for·med in the JJid-dh: of the last cc:1tury , our fore-fathers chose a democratic form of gov£::rnment based on tr,£:: L>ri tish style , but adai,ted to the large area of this land . !'he ba::;ic difftH ence between the two formi::; of govl:!rru .. ent i s t nat we have provir,cial governmer,t~ . Ihe three levels of Canadian government each have theil own line of re::;pon!...lbili 1;y . '~"hl: or.1:: we are moct concerned .1ith i~ at the city levl:!l . Civic gove:.nmcn·., cor,si::.ts of the mo.yor anti al-dermen , whose job h, to run the city. I n Var.couvtr·, the probl~m i"' that tlie Ci r.y Cot.ncil seem::; to have forgottt::r. the citizer.fi ir· our J,Jar t of the city i~, favour- of land develoi:,-e1·s und &peculator s--thosc who .i.nve~t money in an area of the city to tun, a quic.:k :µr·ofit with no concer·n for the r·csident~ . Cour:cil see,ns to think that Jowntown tast8lde:: residents. a:·e second-rate citi1.ens because l.ney arc poor and often tr-ansi1.:nt . r.ccause tht:tie people are poo; and powerle~s t..:ompa:: cd with the .r,oney-men, it doesn ' t mean 1.hey navt to sit bac;t ar.d le:t their inexpensive r,omec be destr-oyeo by the develoyerc. Lefore the 1/overnber· election c :t.'tyonc will Oc able to hea!'. tnc ca.ndici.u.teu 111",o are r·ur.nir.g for· office , Eut res:i.C:ent8 it: tilis pu.r·l. of ~own rr,".Jst also liste:1 1.0 v,nat tr,e politicia:is say . ~her. ~OH~.i,olo':n .::a::;tsidert: must get out anci :ote on ~ov~~r.t ,,:-r- 20 su v,e can clt!ct respur.sitle ci tJ officia::..;:; who a::c not i,uppet3 of lig Lusi:·.~ss. r,;o one can tc.11 you hovi to 1ote , but the o:.ly w_&y to keep our r:eigt.bourhood t;ta'clc ant rt::lat i~·s:: l y ine::·:per:::;ive to li;;c il~ i:;; to oc.lec;, :µublic o.ffi,.;ial.s ,,..t,o act on the 1JtO!.Jlc.-r;s of tte littl~ peo1,>l<:!. ....: need a pc::01JlE.:-re~1-onsive no"t a money-r-es1,Jonsivc city government.. Voice your opi:dor, by voiir,g ;-.overr.t:~.r 20. WHY SHOULD I VOTE? SIJ,IE PEOPLE SAY, "IF YOU VOTE , NOTHING CHANGES. Besides, why should I care? I drift along and get by, so why worry? Day to day is all that concerns me , not the future." But for me that "no concern for tomorrow" attitude is what got me where I am. Camps are closed. Sl.lTlmer jobs are hard to find, there's no steady jobs . and lay-offs are heavy. Now I'm on welfare . maybe to stay. Should I s i t back and not be concerned about school and hospital cuts, higher rents, not enough park space, and big downtown deve l opments? Can I vote with those who want to save a way of life that is and has to be? I'm just another casual worker , a roamer, and a drinker. But we have a right to our way just as much as the money-men have a r i ght to thei r s. I don't want the Eastside buried underneath what is calle~ change. We need the East End ' s mixture of people , even 1f some of them have problems. Can we keep our way of life or change it if we want? Not a 1 one. So 1 et' s get together and vote for our way of l i fe and our rights. We need everyone- -young and old, pensioner s, people on welfare. singl e parents , 1 one rs, the disab led . Get together with t hose East-s i ders who have it together , and t hen vote . Don ' t be just a welfare cheque , be a person . The Eastside is my life . Is it yours? Let ' s vote together . E. R. VANLOH 8---------THE GOSSIP She sits in church with shrewish face And scans the congregation While in her mind much evil brews She casts around for signs and clues Or anything that she can use To blast some reputation. Not a moment does she waste While sitting there on Sunday Because she only comes to seek Gossip to peddle all the week And you can hear Hell's hinges creak When she starts in on Monday. Her chin goes up, her chin goes down Her tongue works like a shuttle. Her gossip has a a cunning art That al,~ays leaves a broken heart The devil never forged a dart More venomous and subtle. All day she sits out on her porch In a rocking chair of wicker An·d ;-:ifter seven pots of tea Have stain I d her guts to ebony She dams to hell both you and me For drinking decent liquor . And when at last the times arrives Thnt she must meet her Maker I'm sure 1 don ' t know where she'll t)O And I feel sure thnt down below Old Nick himself wont take her. GEORGE FARRELL The morning is grey . Flowers rust in the damp corners Of my heart. In this place nothing is quiet. Random mutterings fill rhe air With the language Of yesterday ' s confetti. You have chosen To end the carnival . If you return As I have returned, Be gentle To the man Who once played the violin Behind the bright curtain Of your kisses. GERALD GORANSON At the edge of my fingers The world is burning, With nothing to green it again, When last I strode Through the rose of your flesh, I could reach you With a lover's tongue (Woman taste, spiced with salt). 1 was a dance of will; You were a button, Punched in the sky Untii you vanished beneath me Like sea water Caught in the p1tm. And what do you l "ave, my dear? Sweetness? Only a shaft of remembered light On the slow, cracked splintering Of my face. GERALD GORANSON Disorders are orders From the most high. Instructions are difficult For the paralyzed. Little is left For humanity to ctecide Except their position, Until they are wise. NATHANIEL MAYNARD I am too old for trouble. My skin is fragile--A shell, pierced by sunlight. I am afraid to close my eyes Because of things that move In the dark, But brightness cracks my bones . I suspect everything. GERALD GORANSON Folk dancing at Cultus Lake Canada Day picnic . Photo by Pearl . Oh, Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds, Whose breath qives life to the world, hear me. r come to you as one of your many children . I am small and weak. I need your strength and your wisdom. May r walk in beauty. Make ll1Y eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make ll1Y hands respect the things you have made, And f11Y ears sharp to your voice . Make me wise so that I may know the things you have taught your children, The lessons you have written in every leaf and rock . Make me strong, Not to be superior to my brothers, But to fight my greatest enemy--Myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes So that when life fades as the fading sunset My spirit may come to you without shame . . TRANSLATED TO ENGLISH BY CHIEF YELLOW LARK OF THE SIOUX TRIBE , 1887 I Single Parenting is Tough TAKE IT FROM. ONE WHO KNOWS. I'M 19 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE one little girl that just turned two . It ' s OK if you have someone around to help you, but it sure is tough to be on your own. I ' ve run into a lot of problems because I don ' t have enough money to buy the things my daughter needs, For ex-ample, I always run out of pampers and either borrow money or have to take something to the pawn broker. When I get my welfare check everything is alright, but then the prob-lems start all over again because I pay everyone back the money I owe them, so that they will lend me money again, hopefully, when I need it. I'm always in the hole . I often tell my girlfriends never to have a kid until they can afford it or until they have found the right guy who can afford to help them out all the way . I ' ve tried hard to keep my baby. I ' 11 admit that I had to give her to the welfare for three months before I could get her back. Then I had to put her in care again because it got harder for me. I ' ve fought hard to keep my daughter with me and I ' m still fighting to keep her by my side. I love her so much that I would do anything to keep her . I have her back again , but it still isn ' t easy . I ' 11 never give up trying because I want my baby by my side always . So if any of you young girls have the same problem, do n 't give up. There's always a way. Sometimes it ' s not always the right way at first, but there is always another way to try . DELILAH MARTIN A. S. P. Strikes Back THE ALLIANCE FOR THE SAFETY OF PROSTITUTES (ASP) CONTENDS that it is pimping, not prostitution that is the so-called "oldest profession .,.-In Biblical times , it was decreed that women we r e t he pr o-perty first of their fathers and then of their husbands . If a woman had sexual relations for love o r money , withou t par-ental approval, she was disgr aced as a harlo t and sometimes condemned to death . But it was perfect l y respectable fo r her fathe r t o either sell her outright or rent her for the sexua l pleasure of a series of men . "Prostitu tes have too long been society ' s disposable wo-men--worthy of neithe r r espect nor pr otec t ion , " says ASP member Sally deQOad r os. ASP is a group of women who meet every second Wednesday e vening at Carnegie Centre . Some a r e pr ostitutes , some a r e not. They envision a world where no woman is fo r ced into prost i tution , Fo r that world to exist, women must have equal access to money and j obs. Meanwhile they a r e wo r king for the decrimi nalization of pr ost i tution , setting up st r eet safe t y strategies fo r pr ostitutes , a n d ed ucat ing the public abou t the myths a nd hypocric i es sur r o und ing pr os t itut i on . ASP members take "st r eet strolls" to t a lk to p r os t i tutes , hand out a " bad- tr ick shee t," a nd discuss s tree t s a fe t y , "Women on the st r eet are ready to get invol ved ," s a ys ASP me mber Mi r iam Az rael . The bad- tr ick shee t desc r ibes men who ha v e been robbing , assault i ng , a nd raping prosti tutes . I t l is t s names , mode o f ope ration , l i cense numbe r s , and phys ica l descriptions . "The t ime has come to un ite a nd f i gh t ba c k , " says d eQuad-r os . "This i s one way t o i nfo rm each o t her a nd t a ke c ar e o f ourselves ." J ONI MI LLER IN THE GALLERY The Art Phantom - an exhibit i on of mysterious wooden constructions on s how from Novenber 1st to 26th . Bogna Ross Photographs - November 28 to December 18. Sunburst and Longhouse - weavings and paintings of t he Vancouve r Indian Cent re . On ·exhibit from December 19th to January 8th . -----------9 'OPEN FOR IDEAS' RE-OPENS WITH A $10,000 VANCOUVER FOUNDATION GRANT, THE CARNEGIE Community Centre Association is reviving the highly success ful "Open for Ideas" adult education program, launched in 1981 by former insLructor Linda Crane . "'Opf:'n for Ideas' fills a vacuum in th i s area for easy-to-gct educational assi1:;tance, " claims Crane . "It reaches young people out of work, transients, single pa r ents , sen-iors, and the handicapped . " The program has three parts: individual help with spec-ifiic problems in filling out forms, writing letters , doing basic research , etc ; educational guidance about upgrading and apprenticeship courses; informal classes and disc uss-ion groups . On November 8, rece n tly-hired instructo r Diana Haw-thorne will kick off a new version of this unique learn-ing project . Hawthorne has broad experience in teaching, journalism , counselling, and recreation . " She ' s a confi-dent, dynamic person," says Centre director Jim McDowell , "--a patient teacher and a good organizer. " McDowell also credited the Vancouver School Board, Van-couver Community College , and t he local Ministry of Human Reso urces office with getting the program off the ground . He expressed appreciation for the Britannia Community Ser-vices Society ' s assistance in renewing the project . "This year, we aim to make ' Open for Ideas ' part of our regular operating budget," said McDowell . AGGIE CHRISTIANSEN YOU SELDOM CET DIZZY FROM DOING GOOD TURNS . A WISE MAN CHANGES HIS HIND . . . A FOOL NEVER . MARY SMITH (Thi s s ong was composed by "Amron," a we ll-known pe r fo rmer at the Centre .) 41Q J J I J j 3 J STOP AT CAR NE GIE A WHILE ij)i.J J J I J Jj J LOSE THAT FROWN, PUT ON A SMILE @j J 3 J IJ j J J SOME THING HERE FOR EVERY ONE JJIJJJJ LINGER INC LONG PAST SETTING SUN. STOP AT CARNEGIE AWHILE . DROP IN TO THE CONCERT HALL . MUSIC COMING FROM THE HEART WELCOMES ALL TO SHARE A PART . OH STOP AT CARNEGIE AWHILE. FOLKS YOU ' LL MEET COULD STRETCH A MILE . YOU'LL BE CLAD THAT YOU DID SAY, " I STOPPED AT CARNEGIE TODAY. " STOP AT CARNEGIE AWHILE . SUIT YOUR MOOD , THEN PICK YO_UR STYLE . SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE, LINGERING LONG PAST SETTING SUN . PARKE HITS PLACE CAFE «HOME RUN» Owner Pat Kehler and waitress Michele LaPlante outside Parke Place Cafe. PAT KEHLER, OWNER OF THE PARKE PLACE CAFE AT 415 POWELL STREET was the first local merchant to support the Downtown Eastside Softball League, and I was there when she presented her challenge. Derelicts captain Earl Scott and I were sitting in the cafe when Kehler offered to put up a free hamburger for the first home run hit in each game of the season. Carnegie Centre progra!TITler Susan Gordon and I made up tickets that said, "Congratulations. Parke Place Restaurant--415 Powell Street--offers you one FREE deluxe hamburger and coffee for the first home run of the game." At every game, Oppenheimer Park staff handed out these tickets to the winners. A total of 32 hefty hitters enjoyed a Parke Place special. . The slow-pitch league contained ll teams--Derehcts. Red Hawks, Rowdies, Spartans, Dragons, Blue Demons, Gordon House. Steppers, Shamrocks. Animals, and Rabbles. "Thanks to excellent organization by Carnegie Centre youth worker Fred Arrance and cooperation from all the teams, this was the league's best season in three years," said Centre director Jim McDowell. Another merchant who showed solid corrmunity spirit was hardware store owner Harry Goldberg. He donated a trophy that recognized the tournament winners--the Spartans. For Kehler's special interest, I say, "Thanks to you, Pat for serving our cornnunity for 30 years with friendly service and 'home cooking away from home.' You and your s taff hit a home r-un with all of us." MEL HORSMAN Youth Worker Fred Arrance plans the next round of softball games. ._ _____________ _ Racism Tested 10 SOME PEOPLE WONDER WHY WE YOUTH WORKERS FROM CARNEGIE Centre laid complaints to the Human Rights Branch about the Lone Star Hotel practicing discrimination to.,iard native In-dian people in the Do.,intown Eastside. We .,iere hired as native youth workers to deal with all the problems experienced by Indians on Skid Road. After hearing reports from native people about getting refused entry to the Lone Star pub because of their appearance or skin colour, we kne.,i something had to be done before those on the street took care of it in their own \.lay. In an area where the majority of residents are native or non-white, it is stupid to practice racism openly and not expect people to reac;t. The Lone Star doormen refuse entry to natives by asking people if they are members. If that doesn't work, they ask for a cover charge of $5 to $20. The group we formed to test these practices first con-sisted of five people--three whites and two natives . The whites were John Turvey, Judy Minchinton, and Jimmy Ste.,i-art. The natives were Veronica Butler and me, Fred Arrance. On July 15 the group met to plan the test. We decided to enter at differ ent times and agreed not to let the door-man make us mad or get in an argument. We planned to dress about the same. The whites would go in first; then the two of us. When John and Judy entered the pub at 412 Carrall Street, we waited across the street. They had no trouble. Then we crossed Hastings Street and started into the bar. Inside the door we were stopped by the doorman and told there was a $5 cover charge. As we were talking to the doorman, Jimmy came in and tried to pass us, The doorman told him there was a cover charge and that he was to pay at the bar. We had been stopped right at the door. J1mmy went to the bar where he was told the charge was only $2. He said he'd think it over and then left We met outside and discussed what had gone down. Then we returned to the Centre. We lodged complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Branch, which investigated and found our allegations correct. Next we approached City Counc11 's committee on racism, but this group referred it to the Co!Mlunity Service3 Committee. Then we tried to settle with Paul Tyer, owner of the Lone Star. A meeting was set between him, his lawyer, a Human Rights Branch officer, John Turvey, and myself. We asked for four things: remove the war bonnet from the window, hire a native person, publish an apology in the Sun , and do-nate $1 , 000 to a native-oriented sport in the neighbourhood. Tyer wouldn't agree to our terms, especially the money. So we left feeling this guy doesn't want to settle anything. On July 20 we planned a second test with Province reporter Jon Ferry. This time Lorraine Arrance joine~ Ferry left the Centre and headed toward the Lone Star. The three of us followed later. When we entered the bar there was no doorman. Ferry sat at a table close to the door. A guy near the bar ran over and asked, "Where are you going?" "To have a beer," replied Fred. "No you' re not," said the other guy. "Do you have mem-berships?" Looking at each other, we replied, "Nope," and the barman turned around and walked to the other side of the pool table. Then Lorraine asked, "How much is a membership?" And I asked, "Can we buy memberships now?" The barman came back and stood directly in front of Lor-raine--the smallest member of our group. "I told you to get out," he shouted. "Do you want me to throw you out or what?" "Hhat 's the problem?" asked Ferry. I told him that we couldn't get in to have a beer. The barman said, "Come back on Saturday if you want memberships and we'll discuss it." Then we left without having a beer. Outside I asked Fred how he felt and he said, "I felt like grabbing that guy by the throat and asking him who he thought he was and what gave him the right to treat people in that manner. It was that old stand-off: "Whitey" acting superior and the Indian feel-ing like a lesser person because the white guy is on a power trip and thinr<s he can treat people without respect. No matter what colour they are, people deserve respect." FREO ARRANCE ANO VERONICA BUTLER As we went to press, the Community Services rommittee hail recommended to City rouncil that a hearing be held for Wne Star Hotel owner Paul 'Tyer to show cause why his licence to operate a pub shoul-1 not be revoked due to allegeil discrim-inatory practices EnITOR . 11 'C.R.A.B: GRABS AT 'MAIN BEACH' Cement. asphalt, and brick rise up to meet your eyes. Cars roll by, spouting nauseous gasses. Meeting a friend on Hastings, we duck into one of the greasy spoon cafes. We talk about a job we once had together and the laughs shared. A short jaunt beyond Cordova, Powell, and Alexander brings us to a tangle of train tracks and then the water-front. Some call it "Main Beach." The blue green water of Burrard Inlet stretches across to the North Shore mountains. In su1T111er we sat on this Downtown Easts ide shore be-side dandelions anci purple fireweed. Sometimes we rested on a twisted log, floating at high tide with one of its legs clinging to the shore. Leaning over and peering into the clear water, we could see schools of small fish twisting in unpredictible patterns. Lifting up a bar-nacled rock, we saw green crabs scuttle about looking for safety. During the day the harbour buzzes with tugs. cargo ships, and seaplanes. On the shore semi-trucks roar down the narrow road. Old men in cheap sunglasses wander about. Pi 1 es of ye 11 ow sulphur lie at the foot of purple-green mountains across the inlet. A barge-1 i ke oran9e sea bus slides by . Twenty feet from shore a lon2-necked loon dives deep for his food. Seagulls and black crows sea venge crazily nearby. Long, brown, rubbery kelp bulbs on whip stems drift into the shoreline. At night the 1 ights of North Shore homes and the arch-ing ski-lift shine like diamonds. Car lights encircle Stanley Park. That's the view from "Main Beach." We want to save it for the people who live in this neighbourhood. "CRABBERS" Rita Greenlaw, Tora, Duane and friend, non Larson, Harold Agnew, Tony Seaver, Christine Fleischman, Ron Vickson, Bill Sinclair, and Karl Caskenette stake out their "beach claim." On October 3 Ray Gainer, Project Manager for the Van-couver Port Master Plan , spoke at Carnegie Centre. His colourful megaproject maps puzzled the audience. Using public relations jargon, Gainer mentioned that heavy trur.ks may start using Main Street as an overpass that will pour conrnercial vehicles onto a waterfront roadway running from the Second Narrows Bridge to Stanley Park. Heatley Overpass will be reinforced for heavy truck use. The old C.N. Pier will be demolished and replaced by Centennial Pier--a huge cement pier reaching from Com-mercial Drive to Main Street for storing containers. Most of the waterfront will be cement and land fills will spill into the inlet. Listening to Gainer, I wondered how many longshoremen it takes to handle these new-fangled containers? Why are we competing for container handling supremacy with Seattle so late in the game? When I asked Gainer how many young Downtown Eastsiders would get work on this nearby mega-project, he had no statistics. What's the overall effect of this billion dollar pro-ject that will encircle our city ' s port? So far no in-dependent social impact study is scheduled. Gainer talked about "people needs" and "recreational facilities" and "urbanization" at the foot of Main. This apparently means forty-foot high cement overpasses so tourists can stare at seagulls. The mention of a Downtown Eastside beach drew an incredulous look from the project manager. He hesitated to use the word"beach'' for several minutes . From Stanley Park to New Brighton Park , there is no real access to the foreshore. There's tons of cement ant:f land fil 1, but no beach. CRAB COMMITTEE MEMBERS Duane, Rita Greenlaw, Ron Vickson, Christine Fleischman, Tony Seaver, Harold Agnew, and Scott Sweeney study the new waterfront park site. Photo by Cindy Carson. Downtown Eastsiders have wanted access to the water-front for years. We want benches and trees, summer green grass to lie on, and maybe a swinming pool. We want to soften an area that ; s al ready overwhe 1 med with court houses, ja i1 s, and industry. We want a park because thousands of senior citizens live ir. the area and lack sufficient park-space. "The Downtown Eastside has the lowest amount of park space of any nei9hbourhood in the city," c laims alr1erman-ic candidate Libby Davies . '"We have the greatest need, but Vancouver Parks Board has not made this area a priority for park land acquisition. Ironically, we are so close to the waterfront, yet so far. The west sicle has rriiles of beautiful waterfront, accessible to the public, but the Downtown Eastside has none." On October 5 we formed a conrnittee cal led CRAB--Create a Real Available Beach. "Crabs Fight for Main Beach" became our slogan. We want a local beach. Nobody down here has a car. Most of us are oldsters who have done our share of work; some of us are handi-capped. Some have suffered industrial accidents . Many cannot afford bus passes. We can't make it to those sandy west side beaches and don't want to try. We sit in hot, lonely , small rooms all surrrner. We don't need cement ramps to help us stare at seagulls. We need easy access at ground level to open green spaces at the water's edge. This is a waterfront city and we want access to our piece of the port. CRAB wi 11 meet soon with the Port of Vancouver Har -bour Manager. We wi 11 te 11 him that a beach does not have to be like English Bay. It can be a spacious, quiet area for enjoying our waterfront--a local, walk-to, deep - water park with as little parking as possible. Downtown Eastsiders are neither greedy nor crazy. Our cOfllllunity has real needs that are rarely met. We need a waterfront beach. Wi 11 the Port of Vancouver planners listen? DON LARSON 12 CARNEGE EVENTS Coming Up ... OPEN FOR IDEAS - starting November 8, Diana Hawthorne will coordinate education programs, set up classes on subjects you want to know more about, help with writing skills and more. Diana's headquarters will be the Recreation Office on the 3rd Floor. REMEMBRANCE DAY - Noverrber 11th 2:00 p.m. Public Meeting on Disarmament 4:00 p.m. Carnegie discussion on disarmament 7:00 p.m. Films - Lounge CPRISTMAS EVE - Dinner/Dance with the Carnegie Troubadours at 5:30 p.m. BOXING DAY - Ham dinner and Variety Show at 5:30 p.m. Featuring Ratatouille - Carnegie's favourite clowns. CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY - Sunday, December 19th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. REGULAR PROGRAMS MONDAY Ballroom Dancing 1: 00- 3:00 p.m. Theatre Learn to fox-trot, tango and waltz with Bob Jones. Carnegie membership required. Boxinq Club 7:00-9:00 p.m. Ex. Room S2 . 00 per month - males only. Also on Wed. & Fri. Guitar lessons 8:00 p.m. Youth Workers Instructor Ray Aru . No Cost. Birth Control Counselling 7:30-9:30 p.m. 2nd Floor The Vancouver' Women ' s Health Collective gives info on birth control, V.O. and pregnancy. Carnegie Shotokan Karate Club Gym From 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. Instructor Andy Holmes. Cost : S25.00 per month. Carnegie Troubadour Dance 7:00 p.m. Theatre Music by the Troubadours - dancing for all. Figure Drawing Class 7:00 p .m. Classroom #1 With Richard Tetrault. Shared cost - average $3.00. TUESDAY Fitness Class 12:10-12:50 p.m. Gym See Ins true tor Karen Moxham for deta i 1 s . Van Trip for Seniors Cost : SOC. ,DD p.m. Human Sexuality Workshop : 30 p.m . Music in Action 3:00-4:00 p.m. Join Stephen & Jeremie in making music. Woodworl Shop 2nd Floor Piano lesson~ 11:00 a.m. Theatre Instructor Greta Yardley welcomes students old and young to learn how to play piano . Animations 7:00 p .m. 2nd Floor Volleyball League 7:00 p.m. Starts the end of Noverrber. Cabaret Coffee House 7:00-10:00 p.m. Open mike time and feature performer. Native law Students Legal Advice From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. WEOrlESOAY Seniors Fund-Raising Hot Dog Sale All Afternoon. Boxing Club 7,0D-9,DD p.m. Gym Theatre Main Floor Lobby Ex. Room Drawinft from life 7:00-10:00 p.m. Classroom i,l Instructor Richard Tetrault - live models - S2.00 per class . Bingo 7:00-10:00 p .m. Theatre Sl .00 Acinission - Soc extra cards. Bonanza games, throwaways, pick-your-own numbers games . THURSDAY Fitness Class Same as Tuesday. 12,1D-12,5D p.m. Gym Mother's Get Together 2: 00-4: 00 p .m. 3rd Fl oar In the Youthworkers office . Free refreshments. Free child care. Guitar lessons 8:00 p.m. Youth Workers Instructor Ray Aru. All begi nners and enthusiasts welcome. Karate 6,3D-B,DO p.m. Gym Same as Monday. Thursday Dinner 5: 30 p. m. A seniors fund-raising event. Cost: $2.5D. FRIDAY Cantonese Films 12:00 noon Theatre Carnegie members free. $1.00-non-members Cooking from Around the World 2:00 p.m. Kitchen learn exotic tricks with chef Victor. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $2.50. Boxin9 Club 7:00-9:00 p.m. Ex. Room Same as Monday Handwriting Improvement 1 :00 p.m. Classroom #2 Instructor Greta Yardley returns to give hints to people for better handwriting. Piano lessons 4:00 p.m. Theatre Same as Tuesday. Volleyball league 7:00 p.m. Gym Friday Feature Film 7:00 p.m. Theatre Free to C"rnegie members. $1.00 - non-members Video Program 7: 30 p .m. 2nd Floor Programs of interest to people of the Downtown Eastside. SATURDAY Seniors Pottery C 1 ub 11 : 00-1 : DO p. m. Basement Instructor: Oona Nabata. Cost: $5.00/month. Aural History Program l :00-5:00 p.rn. Main Floor laurel records seniors 1 i fe stories to be trans-cribed and put together in a book. lifestyles Films 7:30 p.m. 2nd Floor Interesting persona 1 it i es and experiences of peop 1 e around the world. Kung Fu 7,0D-10,0D p.m. String Art 2:00-4:00 p.m. Create a masterpiece. SUND~ Sunday Breakfast 11 :00 a.m. Menu varies. Cost: Sl .50. Pottery Class 3:00 p.m. Wheel throwing and hand-mode 11 i ng. Classroom :12 Under Stairs 2nd Floor Basement Van Trip for Young People 1:30 p.m. Trip around Vancouver swinming, skating and sight-seeing . Chinese Drama Club 4:00-7:00 p.m. Classroom #2 Sunday Dinner 5,3D p.m . 2nd Floor Treat of the week. Music Nights for Youth 8:00 p,.m . Classroom #3 Squaredancing 8 : 00-10:00 p.m . Theatre Alternate Sundays - October 31 . November 14, Noverrber 28, etc. Films Franccr.~,: .. ,.,,s 7:30 p.m . Classroom Ill 


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