UBC Community, Partners, and Alumni Publications

Carnegie crescent, Vol. 3, no. 1 Carnegie Community Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) Jan 31, 1983

Your browser doesn't seem to have a PDF viewer, please download the PDF to view this item.

Item Metadata


52387-Carnegie_Crescent_198301.pdf [ 12.17MB ]
JSON: 52387-1.0363441.json
JSON-LD: 52387-1.0363441-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): 52387-1.0363441-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: 52387-1.0363441-rdf.json
Turtle: 52387-1.0363441-turtle.txt
N-Triples: 52387-1.0363441-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: 52387-1.0363441-source.json
Full Text

Full Text

'TIIE CARNEGIE CRESCENT PUBLISHED BY THE CARNEGIE CENTRE 401 MAIN ST. VANCOUVER V6A 'ZT7 VOLUME II1, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1983 CARNEGIE STARTS 4th YEAR AFTER OPERATING FOR THREE YEARS, CARNEGIE CENTRE HAS PROVEN ITS VALUE AS A COM~UNITY CEIITRE for Downtown Eastside residents and it has established itself as a focal point for neiqhbourhood improvement. As our third birthday approaches (January 20), the followin(_l statements and statistics describe the progress we have made. Statements "CarneQie Centre has become a touchstone with rea l ity for thOusands of people who live on the marqin of an affluent society." A man who won five do 11 ars in the Boxi ng Day draw used the money to buy mo re fis h and plants for the Centre ' s aqua r ium . "We ' ve progressed s t ead il y toward l oca l control of t he Ce ntre--from an appoin t ed adviso ry corrmittee, t o an el ected board, to an i ndependen t socie ty . " "The Ce ntre is being used exact l y t he way we knew it wo uld be when we pus hed t o ge t it open." "Carnegie is a ' li vi ng r oom ' f ul l of friendl y , active people. I t's a sa nctuary fo r t hose who wa nt an alte r -native t o boredom , alcohol ism , drugs , and vi ol e nce. " "Thi s is the mos t oeaceful pl ace i n t he city . " "I'm a s t ranger t o Vancouver and I i us t drove i n from Ca lgary . Nothing 's open here on Chris tma s . We ,i us t need some s hel t er for the day . A Qas s tat ion attendant told us t o try the Carnegie Cent re . He said, ' I t' s open eve ry day of the yea r.' " "This ha s to be the noi sies t library in the world. " "Carnegie has quieted down the nei ghbourhood some. The street was always full of drunks . I think a lot of them have learned to stay away or live more quietly." Statistics Centre attendance has increased from 1500 to 2400 per day in the last year. Our library has the fastest growing circulation in the city. We lend about 500 books per day--double the rate a year ago. In three years we have employed over 120 persons--many from this neighbourhood. A.bout .150 volunteers help to make our progtams success-ful. Through their eff6rts over $36,000 has been raised in the last three years. These monies have been de-posited in the Association's trust fund and are used to enhance Centre programs . In three years we have raised over $160,000 on our own to carry on programs that were not covered by our basic operating budget. Our annual operatino budget has grown from $384,000 in 1980 to $630,000 {where it should stay) in 1983 to meet increasing demand for social, cultural, educational, and recreational progra1J111ing. Lithograph donated by Barbara Woods "as a token of her appre-ciation as a Vancouver citizen tor the fine work bei ng done at Carnegie Cen tre ." She also gave the Centre a coloured print . Don ' t miss the frame ' s message . LOCAL VOTE BOOSTED 8.5% A BIG THANKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED THE "OOUBLE THE Vo t e Committee" both befor e the 1982 civic e lection and on Novembe r 20. Because of al l your hard work, the voter turn-out in the five Downtown Eastside polls for the election in-crease d from 23.5% in the 1980 election to 32% in 1982--an 8.5% increase. The overall cit y turnout increased only 4.4%. Although this is no t the increase the Committee anticipated, (we had hoped to double the turnout to 52%) , we are pleased with the results. The Committee believes that its work generated interest in the election, that it introduced residents to most of the can-didates, and that it developed con~ern tor some of the issues affecting the community. As a result of the Committee's ef-forts, more individuals exercised their right. to vote than in 1980. The committee's work, particularly on election day, could only have been done with your help. The Committee hopes you will r emain interested in civic issues affecting the Downtown Eastside. Remember what the candidates said and promised during their campaign. For ex-ample, let's make sure they keep their promises about afford-able housing. Keep track o f what City Council is doing by listening to the Main and Ha-stings radio programme broadcast on Vancouver Co-operative Radio and heard at Carnegie Centre on TUesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. Read local ne wspapers such as the Crescent and the D.E .R.A. newsletter. Check the dis-play boards in the Centre . Remember, the next civic election will be in November 1984 . The Brave New World will need informed voters . PADDY JONES 2 Editorial "MARDIS GRAS" MADNESS "THIS AREA OF VANCOUVER SUFFERS FROM A SPLIT PERSONALITY, Some call it the Downtown Eastside--a stable residential neighbourhood of cheap hotels and rooming houses. Others know it as "Skid Road"--an alluring life style of booze, dope, prostitution, violence , and petty crime. This social schizo-phc-enin has many causes. One is money. Down here "payday" comes monthly to thousands on welfare. Cheques are issued the last Wednesday of the month. For a few days everyone is flush. On the "skids" it's called "Mardi Gras." Pay the rent, clear up I.0.U. 's, get your stuff out of hock, buy groceries and beer. Then hit the pubs for some action. When you sober up you ' re br oke , beat up , sometimes busted, always wasted. "Ma C"di Gras" on the skids starts a slow, steady slide to oblivion for hund r eds each year--most of them Native Indian . But it also strains the system. If i.t ' s open , the govern-ment detoxification centre is full. The jail ' s grim drunk tank is loaded . (On welfare night in July, two men died there Detox was full.) Hospital emergency wards a r e jammed. The "Bun Wagon" is instructed to stop pick- ups but drunks keep crashing t o the pavement. The r e ' s a simple solution to this sick celebration: stagger t he , distributlon of welfare cheques thr o u~hout the month. ,It won t keep a guy from drinking up his money , but it will help eliminate a des t ructive party-lime tradition created by the wel fa r e administration. This " Ma r di Gras" madness must end if we hope oo restor e sanity to our neighbourhood. " WINO PARKS" A YEAR AGO PUBLIC PRESSURE CLOSED THE HAIN-HASTINGS GOVERN-ment liquor store per manen t l y because i t was wrecking our neighbour hood . At that time a local boozer told me, " Just give us a park do'w!l by the water and we won ' t bother anyone." In the right place , a "wino park" has possibil ities. There are about 300 chronic alcoholics on Vancouver ' § "skid road ," who probably spend over $1 mill ion a year on booze. When a government makes about $370 million per year selling liquor , it should care for the health and social needs of those who become victims of alcohol . Do'wlltO'wll Eastside residents deserve the water front park that CRAB (see page 10) is pushing for. But the area ' s heavy d r inkers should have a separ ate haven of their own . Wino pa r ks are a r eality in Los Angeles and San Francisco . Let ' s c r eate one here--right in the government detox centre's backyard. Then alcohol victims could get their " Three Rs"--rest, recreation, and rehabilitation-- all in one place . MEANWHILE, WHAT ' S THE OLD LIQUOR STORE BEING USED FOR? Absolutely nothing . The provincial government should be ashamed to have such a val uabl e building standing empty fo r a full year , when hundreds of people need shelter each night . Local community workers are pressing the City to develop affo r dable social housing on the site . But that will take time. Until the deal comes down , why can ' t the buildin g be put to a useful social purpose? What happen ed to the idea of an emergency shelter (see page 11 about shelters on another city ' "skid road) that was so popular for awhile? The l arge major-ity of those present at a recent public meeting in the Centre favoured this short - term use above all others. Carnegie Centre offers daytime shelter to about 2400 people a day. Can we ignore those who are homeless at night? JIM MCDOWELL , Editor CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE Disobedience, to be civil, must be sincere, respectful, restrained, never defiant, must be based upon some well-understood principle, must not be capricious, and above all, must have no ill-will or hatred behind it . GANDHI, March l 920 Telling somc!One where to go in such a manner that they will be looking forward to the trip . GARY LETTERS CONCERNING THE ARTICLE BY TONY SEAV[R--"Who 's Responsible" (November)--! fee l a comment must be made about witnessing an attack . I can assure Mr. Seaver that yelling or screaming in any area of the city , particularly the do'w!ltown eastside, would not bring the required results . In fact it can endanger the life of the person screaming. I have personally witnessed this. The problem is sever e. It has greatly affected our evening programs at the Vancouver Second Mile Society. The seniors simply won ' t come out in the evenings during any season. I don't profess to have the answer, but I am sure that spending time and money i n offerin'g programmes to these people is not the answer. The type of peo-ple we are dealing wlth are not interested i n ceramics or any t hing like that. That's just another band-aid offering . It simply wastes time a nd money . BERYL FARRELL, DIRECTOR The dot in the centre square r epresents all the firepower of World War II--3 megatons. The other dots r epresent the firepower in existlng nuclear weapons--18,000 megatons (equal to 6 , 000 WW Ils) . About half belong to the Soviet Union; the other half to the U. S . The top left circle represents the weapons on just one Poseidon submarine--9 megatons (equal to the fire-power o f 3 WW Ils)--enough to destroy over 200 of the l a r gest Soviet cities. The U. S . has 3 1 such subs and 10 similar Polaris subs . The lower left circle repr esents one new Trident sub--24 megatons (equal to the firepower of 8 WW IIs) --enough to destroy every major city in the northern hemisphere . The Soviets have simila r levels of de-structive power . Place a dime on the chart ; the covered dots ~-~ enough firepower !Q. dest r oy all the ~ and medium-sized cities in the entire world . What are ~ ~ !Q. ~ with Che rest £!.~coin~ -DR . CARL L. KLINE B. C . Chapter, Physicians fo r Social Responsibility (Reprinted in part from Vancouver Sun) THE CARNEGIE CRESCENT IS PUBLISHED BY THE CARNEGIE Centre and funded completely by the Carnegie Commun-ity Centre Association. Unless noted otherwise, the opinions expressed are entirely those of the author in each case and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editor , publisher , or editorial com-mittee of the Board . This issue was produced by : the authors indicated; editorial board members Mar-tin Baker , Donato Coletta, Don Larson,, Tony Seaver: layou t - Aggie Chr istiansen ; edit o r - Jim McDowell. Hi! Wel l, this is it. Have to b r eak the ice. Pr etty darn hard to do when I don't speak the language and these damn claws keep gett ing s tuck in the typewritter keys. Anyway, enough of my problems. Let's get down to yours--namely~· I'm the cat you ' ve probably seen pacing around inside my cubicle--some call it the main office . I think I ' ll call it that, too because there are a few Projects and programs I ' d like to start and I need space and privacy . I've got this well- meaning guy taking me out into the rest of the building and it's not bad. But have you ever' tried to sit with him for four o r five hours at a s tretch? Jeez, even the SPCA starts to l ook better . I ' m not trying to shaft anyone, but I su-re could use some variety. Please come down to see Aggie in the main office. She ' s my guardian though she acts like a jailer at times . She 'll give you the score; then you can waltz me a r ound the building . OK? Come on , it's not that hard . By the way, I hear that a few people are having problems with the pool room committee --something about needing $5 to join and play pool for a year. Right! I didn't have a pool room ca r d. Darn , and I don;t even have a shilling. Ever try to flip a quarter with paws like mine? To get to the point, J. need some cash--like for a pool room card-- but I ' m broke. Cripes, I haven 't even got pock-ets , let alone dimes to put in them. I hate to go on the b um , but there it is. If fifty people fronted a dime each , I could get into the pool r oom. Simple , eh? The dude wearing the brown fedora will keep track of the donations for me . He ' s g r ouchy at times but he ' s still my friend. (A cat will do anything to get a tou r of the build-ing and a little affection.) His name is Mel Horsman . Remember, it ' s only a dime. There's got to be 50 of you who can help. How am I supposed to get a job when they won't even let me out of the building? Look , I ' ve got an appointment with my social worker next month to see i f she can put me on a VIP p rogram here in the Centre. Guess I'll sell coffee or watch the weight r oom or some such fool thing. But it's $50 cash and then I ' l l be abl e to pay you back. OK? So, dig deep . Anyway, I have to run to the litter box in a second, so I' 11 have to stop rapping . What's the topic for the next issue? Well , you ' ve heard of sexism where these human fema les have been point ing out the discrimination and put-do\./Os that are directed at us women. More power, sisters ! But I want to get into animal -ism--a fa r more widespr ead hang-up. ---Psst. Ther e ' s also talk going around about gett ing me ~! (Shudder.) I don't know how you feel about this, but I can ' t help taking it personally. Please, please write out your feelings on this i ssue and "paw" it to Aggie in the main office . I know I ' m probably getting too emotional about thi s , but I wonder if they would be in such a hurry to e nd my sex l ife if I was male. So, catch you later . I go tta go ! Editor's Note: " Andie" (after Andrew Carnegie) is the Centre's mascot. She came to us from the Burnaby SPCA . As the cartoon opposite suggests, caring f or her and showing her around the Centre is becoming a popular activity. She adds a new dimension to 0ur "li v -ing r oom." Show her a good time. 'COWBOY' LEAPS FROM SIDEWALK TO BEACH THANKS TO "COWBOY" BOB ELLIS THE CITY ENGINEERING DEP-artment gave Downtown Eastside residents an early Christ-mas present recently. Noticing the sorry state of the sidewalk on the south-east corner of Main and Hastings, Ellis wrote a letter to City Hall. He pointed out that the sidewalks in neip;h-bouring Gastown were being fixed up and he requested the same kind of attention be given to the well worn paths near Carnegie Centre. 3 Less than a week later a city enginee r appeared at the Centre ' s front desk, asking for "Cowboy ." Coincidentally, he was standing right there. Ellis gladly pointed out the holes and cracks that needed fixinR , The next day a crew arrived to do the work . Moving on to bigger things, Ellis is now composing a letter to Margaret Mitchell, our Member of Parliament in Ottawa, r equesting her help in c reating a waterfront park and beach in this a r ea. He hopes this l etter will have as much success as the first one . C.R.A.B. «SPLITS» DIANA HAWTHORNE ON JANUARY 10, THE CREATE A REAL AVAILABLE BEACH (C.R.A.B. Corrmittee decided to set up an independent orqanization rather than continue operating under the Ca_rneaie Corrmunity Centre Association ' s corrmunity relations corrmittee. C.R.A .8. hopes to continue to receive suoport from the Association that helped to launch this corrmunity-based endeavor. After reorganizing , the Corrmittee expects to broad en its base of public s upport and become self-suooortivP . Loca l un1ons and churches have demonstrated support for C. R.A.B.'s efforts. Parks Board and City Council have in-dicated support i n principle. The CoITJT1ittee's goa l remains uncha nged--a waterfront park fo r the Downtown Eastside. KARL CASKENETTE LIBRARY EXPANDS CARNEGIE ' S LIBRARY UNDERWENT A MAJOR EXPANSION IN LATE December. We doubled our floorspace by moving into the ad-jacent lounge, added 200 feet of shelving and a new circu-lation desk , and shifted the floorplan to add more chairs . The library has been feeling pressure to expand since we opened in 1980 .· Books borrowed increased by 31% in 1981 and by an incredible 54 . 5% this last year . Our business now sur-passes 10 of the larger city branches , making us the fastest growing library in Vancouver . Business has been so brisk that the books are wearing out faster than we can afford to replace them . We are now able to accomodate more Native and Chinese books , a modest Japanese collection , many more non-fiction subjects, and an expanded fiction stock . Much of this new materi al was donated by our borrowers . The rest was dis-carded from Vancouver's more financially favoured libraries . The library now has a total of 25,0Q0 books and circulates about 16,000 each month . It looks as though 1983 will bring hard times for the librar y . We urge borrowers to take special care of our books and magazines and to donate any material you t hink others might want to read . RON DUTTON hi. my name is ANDY . I am walk on the second floor the ''CARNEGIE CAT''. here ,sometimes. --You can •• get to know me , if ) you want. \ -A .I) )) 4 [l¥j](Q)lUJrMu i% ~ rM [l¥j] ~[l¥j](Q)~~~~ AFTER 77 WINTERS IN OUR SUMPTUOUS PROVINCE OF BRITISH Columbia , I live one day at a time and thank God for another day, another night. Lookin~ back, I can recall my first environmental discoveries at J.½ years of age. Joining my mother in her twice-a-week stream fishing, I marvelled at the pure crystal pools and eddies. From nowhere a trout would emerge and fall prey to mother's hook and line. These woter creatures were beautiful--rainbow colors, pretty spots, streamlined form. 1 wondered why these beauties had to die for us to eat. Mother tried to explain that all life was vulnerable to attack and these 11.ttle fish didn't suffer because she broke their necks as soon as she landed them. She explain-ed that when an animal or eagle caught a trout it suffered a long, time before dying. Anyway, l soon learned that trout were succulent eating. When I grew to adulthood, I did a lot of horsepacking, and met various types of prospectors who had made strikes in a radius of 35 to 50 miles. During these pack trips I found that most of these men were seeking solitude--a place away from phones and multitudes of people. They seemed at peace in the mountains, cooking on a campfire, sleeping on a bed o[ boughs, and living partly off the land. Magnificent scenery--crystal streams, cascading water-falls, towering peaks, and glittering g,laciers--seemed to meet heaven in the pure white mists that drifted through the mountains, adding mysterious effects. Then a break in the clouds would reveal a patch of hea-ther or salal, scrub balsam or cypress, a grazing mountain goat, or the brilliant jewel of a glacial lake mirroring the majestic surroundings and the clear blue sky above . Like ocean spray, the fleecy white clouds mingled with whispers from a caressing breeze. Then sunlight touched the peaks with gold and azure streamers that flicker and dance like ghosts . A purple haze fills the valley and rich green trees border the hilltops . It is one of the magic pictures created by the handwork of "God". This natural beauty is evident in all the mountain areas that have escaped the ravishes of man and his wrecking mach -ines . l worked at horse-logging, and can truthfully say we could continue harvesting logged-over areas every 20 years if this method were still used. Horse-logging prevents waste and leaves young tee-es unharmed . The narrow skid trails act as cultivation for new seeds to root in . Because we fed our work horses at a new place in the bush each day, we sowed the area with timothy and clover and created good grazing fo r range stock . The deplorable devastation of our logged-off a r eas is proof that we don ' t know how to select , log wi sely, and eliminate wasting about half of our forest wood . Reforest-ation a nd transplanting young trees is a slow process that will never give us a steady s upply of timber . The B.C . forest will be exhausted in 50 years. In 1940, I predicted this would happen . But the expe r ts in Victoria know more than a natural bo r n logger . Now we see the consequences . Looking at my whole life, 1 have derived the most help from heeding the ideals of this prov inces native Indians. In my associations with these wise old men and women, I learned to appreciate their simple philosophy and to unde r stand their simple culture. They preserved the environment , used all nat-ural things in moderation because all things on earth have spirits that must be respected . , I n cases of sickness, an elder would go out on a mountain and fast for several days , looking up to the sky and concen-trating on the sickness . Return ing to his people , he would find a herb , a plant, tree bark, or roots that would deter the sickness or sometimes cure it. For example , the inne r ba r k of the ·white pine heals stomach ulcers a nd the white pitch of a poultice on a festerin~ open would will draw the poison out. Many tonics are made from juniper berr ies o r grape roots . I have taken a tonic made from two pl ants that cured blood poisoning . The Indians have excellent med i cines that are also_ pallatable . I found that a brook ' s song is soothing . To d r ink crys -tal pure water from a mountain st r ea m is like a tonic . To build a fi r e and make tea beside a rippling creek has a calming effect . The clean envirnoment a nd the water' s mus i c whispers an inner message to one ' s mind and soul . The I n-. ·d'iane-'sfl}'-.,'i.11 ·b r i ngs,• out, t he wati'es: '6pi-;r,it:s. 'l'.'.hy.thnr-\· ,. •-· , ·.,, DANNY RABBITT does some fancy fiddling at Carnegie Cabaret:. Phot:o: Jim McDowell 1 try to make camp close to a fast running stream. As the atmosphere changes, the water's r hythm changes tenor like music and soothes one's tired nerves, inducing sleep . Unpolluted brooks, pure mountain streams, and emerald lakes are gems of natural beauty . That's the way Okanagan Lake looked to my father in October 1885, when he sat on his porch and looked down from a small mountain near the lake ' s head . Fifty miles of virgin land, water , sage brush, red sumac, yellow birch, poplar, and ponderosa pine st r etched out beneath him . Father said, " The majestic beau t y sur-passed any words I could exoress ." The tranquility I find in the mountains makes me imagine what my ancestors beheld when this beauty and granduer was unrestricted and the wildlife was abundant . As time ma r ches on we see nature invaded from all sides as man ' s quest for riches predominates . I ·pray that ou r great-gr andchildren wi ll have some small co r ner of the vast country that r emains unpollu t ted and retains nature ' s won-ders . In sign i ng off , I want to say that the mos t impo r tant factor in my life was the lo ve of God , who gave my pa r en t s their faith in Him. It was given to me in baptism by Fa-ther Le June--a pion eer pries t , who rode horseback to care for ou r spiritual needs . Lake Le June , near Kamloops, is named for this saintly man, who wo r ked so diligently to bring God's love t o us all . Those pioneers who set the cor-ner stones of ou r society in honesty , religion, a nd truth will live foreve r. I love all ma nkind a nd ca n see the image of God i n all people . DANNY RABBITT 200 ENJOY XMAS YOUTH DANCE 5 AT A STAFF MEETING CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS, THE YOUTH WORKERS decided that many people would be broke for the holidays because issue day wasn't due for about a week and most would not get much. So we decided to have a dance for Carnec,:ie Centre and east end _youth. We planned to make it a free dinner and dance that would pu 11 together the kids we had been work inc, with al onq with their friends for a drug-and-alcohol-free·'oarty. We need-ed a live band but lacked money so John Turvey used some connections and came up with a group that was willin9 to p 1 ay as a "freebie" because they were al so from the area. "Buddy Selfish and the Saviors" made it a party that won't be forgotten for a lono time. We also had to plan the dinner. To start off we needed free food and lots of it. So we wrote a letter and sent it to different stores asking for donations of food. These letters paid off with lots of contributions from several different stores. Safeway gave us the turkey and ham. With the food secured, all we had to do was get it cook-ed. We booked the Centre's kitchen for the Saturday before the dance. John, Carmen Baker and a few others spent all day in the kitchen preparing the turkeys and potato salad. On the day of the dance a few of the guys helped out by setting up. Lights were donated by the Fire Hall Theatre. Carne9ie staff helped out too. That evening we served about 250 people from all over the east end. Some came fron:i Ray Cam Centre; others showed up from Davie Street. L. to r.--second floor regulars; " Buddy Selfish and the Saviors" bring down heaven ' s light; Native Womens' Family and Cultural Centre group; ~outh worker Veronica Butler caught in the act; youth worker Fred Arrance checks the guests . Photos by Jimmy Stewart . It was a good party because the whole proaram went off without one fight or argument durino the entire nioht . No drugs or a le oho l were to be found. It was great how a lot of people from the area came out to he lo with the event. For example, the A 11 i ance for the Safety of Prostitutes (ASP) did a fine job of handlinq the day care. Bill and Hector and their wives came to ftelp and stayed until clean up, which didn't take long because everyone pitched in. With so many people giving their time, how could the dance have been anything but a success? FREO ARRANCE •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• • ED HUNTER STARS ! • • : THE BIG h'INNER OF THE NEW YEAR'S EVE TALENT SHOW WAS ED iJ • Hunter, playing the fiddle . Second and third prizes went • • to _Marvin Crier and Tony Wilson , who both sang and played : • guitar . The other performers, who also received prizes, • : were Michael Springfield, Mavis, Mike Sullivan, Kimberley, • • LuLu and CaQdy, David Johnston, and Andrew Siah. : : All these people contri-buted t o a good time in the Centre• • on this festive evening . Doris, Jim, and friends showed up • • at the last minute to complete the party. Thanks to every- : ·-· . : .. DIANA HAWTHORNE : .***********'***'******'****'***********·***•'It* 6 SOCIETY MOVES TOWAJ "THIS CENTRE SHOULD BELONG TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THIS PART OF T1IE CITY SO THEY CAN USE IT TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY I THINK THEY SHOULD CONTROL THIS CENTRE THEMSELVES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE." Jim McDowell, Centre Director. January 20, 1980 Who Runs the Centre? FOR THREE YEARS CARNEGIE CENTRF HAS BEEN AOMINISTEREO by the City's social planning department throuqh Centre Director Jim McDowell with advice from a local board. In 1983, administration may be transferred to the Parks Board. But the Centre will continue to manage the facil-ity in accordance with oolicies that are determined larqe-ly by the board of di rectors. Local Control Develops When the Centre opened in January 1980, City Council .appointed an Advisory Conrnittee to quide the Centre Dir-ector rn running the new city-funded facility. In July 1981, the Centre had achieved authority to elect its own Advisory Board and 15 directors were elec-tedat the first annual meetino. On September 7, 1982, the Carneaie Corrmunity Centre Association was incorporated as a non-profit soc,ety. The Assoc,ation is negotiating a new manaqement agreement with the City that should be approved this month. It will qive the Association considerably more authority to manage its own affairs. The long-term goal continues to be to make the Centre completely self-c,overned. We are more than half-way to that objective. Purpose .2.f. the Society Representinq its members , the Association's Board of Dir-ectors advises the Centre Director on the formulation and implementation of all aspects of manaaement policy includ-i no budget, staffing, proqram deve 1 opment , use of the build-i nq, and relationships of the facility to the corrmunity. The 15-member Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month. These meetings are open to the pub 1 i c and Centre members are encouraged to attend. Members of the Centre are automatically members of the Association. The Board decided recently to hold qeneral meetin9s about four times a year. The first aeneral rrieetinn ~ ~ ~ Q!l January~ (see oppos~ Any issue can be raised at a general meeting. The Association's first annual meetino will be held in June, when a new Board of Directors will be elected . Who's on the Board? Officers: ~dent Vice-President Corresponding Secretary -Treasurer Other Di rectors: -----wfn~ Martin Baker Karl Caskenette Libby Davies Bob Ellis Non-votina Members Donato Coletta Rita Greenlaw Don Larson Christine Fleischmann Harry Go 1 dbero Murray Mc l ntyre Lynn Mura Tony Seaver Ron Vickson ~k, Director of Social Plannina Judy Capes, Library Liaison Ald. Marguerite Ford, Liaison Alderman Ron Dutton, Staff Representative Joslin Kobylka, Parks Board Liaison Jim McDowell, Centre Director ";rncy Sweedler, Staff Representative THE BOARD (1. tor . ): Ald. Marguerite F'ord, Joslin Kobylka, Bob Ellis, Karl Caskenette, Libby Davies, Nancy Sweedler, Don Christiansen (recording secretary) . Hissing: Max Beck, Judy Harry Goldberg, Lynn Mura, 'Ibny Seaver. Photo: Dave Woodall What Do They Do? THE OIRECTORS ARE THE MEMBERS' VOICE. THEY SET MOST OF the policies for operatinQ the Centre. Most of their work is done in the followinQ corrmittees. Finance --(Fleischman, Goldbern, McIntyre, Vickson): Advises the Board on all financial aspects of the society's and the Centre's operations. Makes recorrmendations about operating and fundi no aqreements with civic a(Jenc i es , the City of Vancouver, and other aoencies. Assists Centre Director in preparin(l annual operatina budaet. Prov ides quarterly budget reviews. Advises Board reqardinq invest-ments, administration of trust funds , or (lifts received by the society. Personnel--(Agg, Caskenette, Ellis, Seaver) : Advises the Board on all employment practices of the society and the Centre. Three members assist the Centre Director bv being directly involved in the hirinC1 and firing of all permanent full-time staff and in the review of all oerman-ent full-time, permanent part-time, and auxiliary staff re 1 a ti ons. Pro vi des an i nforma 1 forum for reso 1 vi no cer-tain problems reqardinq Board members, staff , volunteers, society members, or Centre members. PrograITJTie Review--(Baker, Coletta, Larson, Mura , Seaver): Advises the Board on all aspects of the Centre's proqrarrrnes . Reviews priori ti es , eva 1 ua tes new procirarrmes, and recorn,,ends modifications. Library Review--(AQQ, Baker , Greenlaw, Mura): Advises the Board o~aspects of the Centre's library operation, reporting monthly to the Board. Liaison to Board for staff and members. Advises the Centre's Librarian as to any changes planned in any aspect of the library ooeratian. Corrmunity Relations--(Caskenetie, Fleischmann, Horsman, Larson , Seave~ises the Board on all aspects of the society's and the Centre's relationships with the corrmun-ity. Reviews the cornnunity's needs for services and rec-orrmends modi fi cations , suggests se 1 ected carrrnuni ty- improve -ment projects, cooperates with other cornnuni ty proups, and. reviews the involvement of volunteers in the Centre. Seniors Cornnittee (Caskenette, Ellis, Horsman, Vickson): Advises the Board an all aspects of proorarnnes and activi-ties organized and/or carried out by members of this com-mittee. Maintains a separate bank account for revenue gen -erated by its fund - raising activities. Provides ouarterly budget reviews of its finances. _ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OOWNTOWN EASTS !OE WOMEN'S CENTRE February 10 -- 2:00 p. m. ANNUAL CONFERENCE VANCOUVER ANO OISTRICT PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS ASSOCIATION 412 East Hastings Members Welcome 255-1614 February 5 , 1983 10 : 00 a .m. Skeena Ter r ace Housi ng Proiect 229R Cassiar St reet " BEF'ORE IT CAN BECOME SELF INTEGRITY AND VULNERABLE S (3) TO HELP TRANSFORM A Fli lD LOCAL OF THEIR LIVES. 7 CONTROLll] ho Cares? A STRONG BOARD MAKES FOR A BETTER CENTRE. ACTIVE MEM-bers lead to a stronger Board. The Board wants to hear from the members so it can continue to help operate the Centre wisely. If you have a concern: Bring it to a monthly board meetino. Take it strai(]ht to the appropriate conmittee by qettinci in touch with one of the members. Inform the Centre Director and he will either out it on the Board's agenda or refer it to the ril)ht cofltl1ittee. Sharino leads to carinq. Those who have shared the work of eStablishinq the Centre as a vital force in the Downtown Eastside have found that they care more about what happens to their conmunity. "After the Christmas Eve dinner was so successful." said seniors conmittee secre-io-------------------------· ;~;~t!~e~~u~~; ~!~~~t e~n~~. t~! :~~i ~~~~\~~ /~;:s~~~~d Martin Baker, Hurray McIntyre, Ron Vickson, Mel Horsman, Larson, Wini Agg, Jim McDowell, Rita Greenlaw, Aggie Capes, Donato Coletta, Ron Dutton, Christine Fleischmann, Finance Personnel Highlights of '82 Souaht administration of Board's trust fund. Fou~ht to minimize budqet cuts. Selected Diana Hawthorne as "Open for Ideas" instructor; Cindy Carson as prooralT'fller . - Heard one banned member's aopea1. rrograme Library - Obtained federal fundinq for Downtown Eastside Youth Project in 1983. Lobbied City Council successfully to secure in-terim funding for youth project. Comp 1 eted expansion of library frorr. one to two rooms. - Added a Japanese section. Conmunity - Established C.R.A.B. {Create a Real Available Relations Beach) Conmittee, which is pressino effectively for a local waterfront park. eniors Entire Board - Carried out several successful fund-raising events. - Supported numerous Centre proqrams. - Cooperated with D.E.R.A. and First United Church on the "Double the Vote" voter-education cam-paiqn for the 1982 civic election. Challenges for '83 - Negotiate a new operating agreement for manaqement of the Centre and develop new workino relationshios with the City or the Parks Board . - Obtain additional funding for youth project so union-scale wages can be paid. - Administer the youth project and secure mi nistry support for continuinq it in 1984 under different auspices. - Administer the Board's trust fund directly and set long-teTTTI priorities for expenditures. - Securr funding for "Open for Ideas" adult education program so it can continue during the last six months of 1983 . - ~~~~~~=~~~~~}~~t!9(;~~ et~\~~~ .0;er~~~o:~~~~~0~~~~~11 . etc . ) - Conti nue to strengthen Centre progranming. such an enjoyable meal." Those feelings of pride and good will are contagious . KARL CASKENETTE AND ROY HUBBARD--two seniors bitten by "the bug" of working for others view Xmas Eve dinner. before and after. Photo: Brahm Gilman GENERAL MEETING CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE ASSOCIATION JANUARY 23 THEATRE - - 4:00 p.m. "YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AT CARNEGIE" Free Coffee Membership Needed to Vote - GOVERNED, THE CENTRE FACES A WNG STRUGGLE . I THINK ITS GREATEST CHALLENGES WILL BE: (1) TO MAINTAIN THE CENTRE ' S TABILITY; (2) TO WORK TOGETHER .IN WAYS THAT ALWAYS PLACE THE CENTRE ' S WELFARE ABOVE SELFISH INTERESTS AND PETTY POLITICS; GILE, FRAGMENTED NEIGHBOURHOOD INTO A STRONG COMMUNITY ." Jim McDowell, Centre Director . January 1983. •·! '\"~·.·,-. ,•. 8 Society ' s clutch has straightened me out. The time has come to turn about . Give me wings , I need to fly. Help yourself , hefore you die . Where ' s the reason, where ' s the rhyme? I felt like a prisoner crapped in ti.me. What I'm sayin~ In n roundabout way Ts the time hns come to change, today. B . TAYLOR Okalla ' s walls will one day fall. There ' t l be no locks, just long dark halls. And men who spent their time in here Wlll bear the scars beyond their years. Can society bel icve the truth That what they built just had no use? Will thcv stand and face the shame Of thc hell they built and gave it a name? Each day I woke and walked the line . I prayL"d inHide it would change in c I me--That they'd build bridges instead o f walls To help men :ind to better all. MCGUIRE Many people are searching for peace Yet few will ever find For they don ' t realize the search must start Right ln their own mind. And the ones that know this Are afra i d of serious thinking. They can ' t unde r stand their thoughts So t hey turn t o drugs o r drinking. MCGUIRE Of all our emot i ons, Love is the test . The depth of its ent r y Reveals al l the r est . Parents r e joice DON'T In their child ' s MUFFLE First spoken word THE WHISPER But forget OF NEW-FOUND TRUTH The time it took WITH THE SILENCE To find its tongue . OF THE PAST. RUDY KLANJSCEK They sit there waiting, Wiping away tears, Hoping a visitor will appear--Someone to say , "How are you?" Someone to sit beside them And chat a while . It's hard to understand What they' re doing there Alone, Without friends who used to care. They are shut away From things once he ld so dear. They need reminders That someone is near. LIMITATIONS I cannot make the sun to rise. I cannot fill the sky with blue Nor st ill a roaring sea. I cannot make a glowing rainbow Nor wash the trees with rain. I cannot make a bird to sing Nor ripen Fields of grain. I cannot make the s un to set Nor hang the amber moon. I cannot usher in the dawn To warm the day at noon. I cannot light a butterfly Nor kiss the early dew . I cannot build a mountain With peaks of purple hue . The world is full of many things That I can never do . But I can build a bridge of love To reach from me to you . Early morning hours • I lie upon the bed , ~ Gadng down on the s:ceet, ;S'.'*'J,, The record player sends Mozart-music Drifting down a ouiet stream Like rose petals Swirling into eddies of beauty . A white object flutters up the lane: Not a bird--they ' re resting I n secret nesting places--It ' s a piece of debris. Bars are closed; No traffic noise; GERALD GORANSON The odd drunk heads for his box-car haven . It's quiet except for Mozart And inner thoughts--meditation. Freight trains shuttle alonp, the harbour ed'te . Ship horns bleat like stray sheep Searching for shelter. Soon 1 must face the uptown havoc. "Jupiter" approaches its finale. I'm tired so it's off to sleep. You people sitting in your chairs, For the ones affected, are you aware Of the reality--do you know With made up minds on how it will go? You step on the feet of people there, Shake all of the hands saying, " Fair is fair, " And with chitter chatter of what ever matter Your bells of justice ring . But you sit in a dream of high self-esteem And you never r eally solve anything . BRUCE SMITH Notre Pere , les larmes aux yeux Regarde la t erre du haut des cieux Et la r egardant pense que; "C'est vraiment dommage qu ' une si belle planete ai t de la forme le squelette d ' un ognion sans queue !" VICTOR COTE When you and I, my friend, must part, May there be no pain in bo.th our hearts. I to a distant land must go To sleep cold in death that others know . All t his and more I have to say But night c.alls and I must obey . If with attention you view each line, You will herein a question find. JOHN SHIVA CAROL WEAVER IN CONCERT ARTS CLUB THEATRE (Seymour at Davie) February 13 8,QQ p IJl· $7.QQ Phone 681-8365 Support Local Talent Carol emcees the Carnegie Cabaret 9 CQEATIVE WQITING SOUND AS A DOLLAR HOMER GREEN WAS NOT A HAPPY MAN. EVERY NIGHT THE NEWS informed him that his dollars were worth less. Daily , prices got worse. " The problem is quite simpl e ," he explained to his wife Isabel. " There a r e too many dollars. If ther e were fewer, our money would be worth mor e. " "But Homer, there ' s nothing we can do about that," re-plied I sabel . " Even if we burned all our doll ars , we don't have enough to make a difference ." "That ' s true, love ," said Homer and went back to his lab . He stayed late. Morgan DuCetty Rockchild had known about the decision to devalue the dollar because he was on of the decision-makers . His European, African, South American, Asian, and Australian corporations had shifted the bulk of his wealth into gold . The scheme was to buy cheap dollars; then sit back and let the rising dollar increase his wealth . He had almost bought dollars when they had reached the agreed-upon bottom, but something made him wait one more day. The dollar went lower. The next day it went lower again. Someone was messing with the plan . It was common practice to play with nations, r eligions , and cultures but money was sacred . Somebody was in big trouble. "There are two ways to solve this, love," announced Homer. " One is to have all the people who aren' ' t earning a decent living s t op believing that today's dollar is worth anything. Then it wouldn't be. We could s tart over with something o f value that i sn't concentrated in the hands of j us t a few. Of course that wouldn ' t work . The other way is to get rid of the s urplus wealth held by the rich so that what the rest of u s have will be worth more." " I don 't know, Homer . Rich people take ; they don't give ," replied I sabel . " Like that international money fund that bought the government of Zaire. They'll get all their money back and more . What you need is a Money Mon-ster like the Cookie Monster on television." "That's true, love," said Home r, returning to his lab . Abdul Shiek hen David hadn' tenjoyed himself so much since he bought Georgia. The New York Stock Exchange was falling out the bottom, the price of gold was soaring , the dollar was srill dropping, and only he and a few friends knew why. Fortunes had been put into the dollar when it hit what was s upposed to be the bottom--weal th that would soon be his. By openly threatening an oil-price increase j ust as the dollar was supposed to recover, and by secret-ly dribbling billions of do llars into a dozen different money marke ts, hen David kept the dollar's value falling . "Did you know that American c urrency was printed on a special kind of paper, love?" asked Homer. "According to the news, it's getting less special every day," answered I sabel. "Is that what you have been working on at the lab? You hardly come home anymore. I've missed you . " "I'm sorry , love, but this won't go on forever, " said Homer. "As soon as I finish what I'm working on., we ' ll go away for a vacation. How would you like to go to Eur-ope?" "It sounds wonderful but can we afford it?" asked ! s-able. "We can 't afford not to, " said Homer knowingly and he returned to work . Rockchild was losing money on that portion of his wealth that was still in dollars. The stock market, which he and his fri~nds usually raised or lowered at will, was into him for several billion. The oil price had been bought off but no public announcement had been made by the oil l'linisters. He knew that dollars were being dumped on the money markets of New York, London, Brussels , Bonn, and Zurich, forcing the dollar lower every day. But so far he hadn ' t been able to find out who t he monetary terrorists-Vere. Homer went to the bank and withdrew their life savings in cash. He took it all to his l ab , where he dunked it in a fermenting tank and then d ried it. The greenbacks apDear-ed unchanged . But Homer knew better. " New York first, love; then London , Brussels , Bonn , and Zurich," announced Homer . " It's going to be a wonderful vacation ." Sheik hen David suddenly reversed his st r ategy . His agents struck simultaneously at eve r y major money market around the world . Where there had been no market for dol-lars the day before , the demand became insatiable. Inves-tors who had been trying to dump dollars went wild. Bill-ions changed hands during the first hour . By day ' s e nd it reached JOO bill ion. The United States government froze trading in the dollar before the world markets opened the following day but it was too late . Although such t r ansactions are usually noth-ing mor e than computer e n t r ies, the Sheik ' s aRents demand-ed and got dollars, flying them to a huge , hidden vault in the t r ackless sands of the Rub al Khali desert . Guarded bv the latest American-made military systems bought with Pen-tagon assistance, the money was safe . Had it been on com-puters and ledger sheets , the international money magnates might have found a way to abort the plot. But with the dollars in t he vault, there was nothing they coul d do. Rockchi.ld was stunned. First the ArahS' had bought every loose dollar in the world , including some of his. Then the emergency meeting of the 011 ministers had been held the next day . They did not , as in the past , announce an oil price freeze . · They declared a 20 percent drop in the price of oil . Rockchild had dd himself of every dollar he could . Now the dollar was skyrocketing . He lrnd bought everv ounce of gold he could . Now gold was plummeting . He was ruined--a long way f rom br oke, but wrecked . He was not a l o ne . NATO countries , including the U.S., went t o r ed alert. The Soviet Union announced that it was an ally of hen David's country and that an attack on Saudi Arabia would be consider-ed an attac k on Mother Russia herself. The People's Repub-lic o f China declared itself on whichever side the U. S.S.R. dido ' t s upport. I r e l and said it would take on the wi nner . Far beneath the shifting s ands of Rub al Khali another dollar bill disintegrated and the fine dust wa s blown into the ventilation s ystem of the Sheik ' s fortified vault. Homer had taken apart and recombined the D.N .A. of many species of fungus before discovering his new form . It was food-specific and only ate the exact combination of chemi-cals found in the paper used to print dollars. It was con-stantly hungry and would continue eating and multiplying as long as its favouri t e food was available . But Homer was not a happy man. Every night the news told h im of increasing shortages of homes , energy, and food . Every day the pollution of air, soil , and water got worse. " The problem is quite simple , " he explained to his wife . "There are too many people . If ther e were fewer people . .. " PETER GOLLETZ AMATEUR vs PROFESSIONAL RESEARCHER DIVIDING PEOPLE INTO PROFESSIONALS AND AMATEURS MAKES sense. Professionals maintain a s tandard of excellance and a r e rightfully si tuate d at the helm and remunerated accord-ingly . But they have their shortcomings . One i s living with products, 15 percent of which are faulty. This necess-itates a service indust,ry and provides employment for repair technicians. Professionals have also neglected to curb pol-lution . But their greatest shortcomi ng i s their fa ilure to ask, "Wher e do the products originate that professionals administer? '' I am j ust one amateur who has not been heard of . Aft er devoting 25 years to research and devel opment, I have JO original inventions . But what do we value most--imagina~ion or proficiency? Albert Einstein--the best mathematician the world has seen--was once given a note to take home to his parents stating he was retarded . If Alexander Graham Bell or Thomas Alva Edison came back to America they would not land a job as they never possessed a resume , references, or degrees . Edison launched General Electric with 1,000 inventions--not bad for .an amateur . Why does it take a degree to fabricate the first proto-type? Researchers are gifted just l ike musicians , athletes , poets, or craftsmen . Our schools should shift the emphasis from r ote memorization to discove r y . A degree helps, but imagination is priceless . KEITH KENT 10 Familiar faces dt the information desk greeted Centre visitors on llalloween. Photo by Jery Lowe. «I Like To Play the Old Songs» "DON'T PUT ANYTHING ON THE PIANO. YOU MIGHT DAMAGE IT," orders the grey-haired elderly woman. The man with the coffee cup backs off as Greta Yardley exercises her author-ity and her concern chat the Carnegie Centre's piano be protected. For the past year Greta has been giving frce piano less-ons at Carnegie. She works with "raw beginners" of any age. "T had one fellow playing a song before he quit and he'd never played before," she says proudly. Greta has been playing the piano for years. Born in Nova Scotia "too lonR ago," she began learning before she started school and hasn't stopped since. "I like to play the old songs and hymns," she says. "I like all the Christmas songs, religious and otherwise." One of her favourites is "Somewhere Hy Love." Living in Vancouver for the past 4 7 years, Greta is a busy woman. Besides music lessons at Carnegie, she plays the piano every week for the First United Church " Happy Hour" and once a month for the Centre City Mission birth-day party. She belongs to t~ Pythian Sisters--a fraternal club that raises money for charity--and the Business and Pro fess ional Women's Club. Along with music, sire loves handwriting, particularly calligraphy. Like her piano skills, she doesn't keep these to herself. On Friday afternoons at the Centre she teaches handwriting improvement to anyone who's interest-ed. "First I show them how to straighten out their hand-writing so people can read it," says Greta, "then I do whatever comes up in the conversation ." She teaches according to Calligraphy Club standards, an organization to which she belongs. She also does hand writing analysis and has been a member of the Graphoanal-ysis Club since 1935 . She makes it clear that she's not doing handwriting analysis in her class but admits that what she knows "creeps in when I try to help people im-prove their writing." Her piano lessons are on Tuesdays from 11:00 to noon 1 and Fridays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Theatre . DIANA HAWTHORNE Mrs . Yardley awaits handwr iting pupils as piano students practice . PROGRAMS FRIE DLIEST SANTA GREETS 160 KIDS ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS THE CENTRE WAS OVER-whelmed with youngsters. In 1981, about 50 children attended our annual Kids' Christmas Party. This year about 160 showed up. _, They came from as far away as Burnaby and White Rock to visit the friendliest Santa around. Events included a clown show, games, and films. But Santa's arrival sparked the excitement. The successful celebration left seniors, volunte-ers, and staff exhausted but delighted. SUSAN GORDON SEN IORS DONATE ROUTER ON BEHALF OF THE WOODWORKING SHOP, I WANT TO thank the Carnegie Seniors' Committee for donating a $300 router and table. It will be a great asset to the program. To me, this is what a communtty centre attitude should be: giving a helping hand to others. RON VICKSON BASIC PUBLIC SPEAK ING THE SIMPLEST FORMS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING ARE MAKING an announcement and introducing a speaker. It is important to be understood, So you must speak up-- project your voice. It won't do to simply talk in a normal tone as if you were addressing only the person next to you. To be understood, you must be heard. Speak slowly enough so that your words can be absorbed by your audience. Say each word forcibly--punch your words. \./hen announcing a function, re-peat the time and place. If you are introducing a speaker, don't be long about it . People came to hear the speaker, not you. Be sure to say the person's name so the audience will know who it is . Stress all of his names with a slight pause between each . Thus, "I am happy to introduce Mr. WILLIAM ... JONES . " Or, " And now . . . JOHN . . . WESLEY ... HARDIN . " Know what you are going to say before you get up to speak. Pronounce each word crisply and distinct-ly. Avoid adding extra noises such as "er," "um," or "uh . " If you are not used to public speaking, then make only short speeches for which you are well prepared . PERCY MADDUX "DR EA M TH E IMPOSSIBLE DR EAM" TO COLLECT SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW PROGRAMS IN THE CENTRE, programmers Susan Gordon and f.:indy Carson recently posted slogans like "Dream the Impossible Dream" around the building. One amusing response to the above son~ title was "Please put longer cigarette butts in the ask trays." More serious recreation progr am s uggestions included : self-defense for women: a youth room; downhill skiing; mor e room for boxing; Carnegie pets : a swap meet . Several original ideas were made for the "Open for Ideas" adult education program directed by Diana Hawthorne . These included : how to tell a good joke ; an indoor garden guild; how to use your voice to out-shout the loud mouths; creative toy building; Carnegie Playhouse Theatre; first aid course; monthl y ethnic day . Carnegie Cen t r e attracts a well - balanced mix of native Indian, French Canadian, Chinese , J apanese and white mem-bers . To increase people ' s appreciation for the differ-ences t hat make up our rich Canadian heri t a~e, the pro,2.ram-mer s pl an a variety of minority g r oup activities . But the majority of Centre user s - - older white males--sometimes feel left out . Two l oyal senior s requested " somethin,2. for t he white man (e . g . wha t is white culture ) . " AGGIE CHRISTIANSEN Here's some news about Portland ' s Burnside Community, where "skid road" no longer has to be italicized. Can we learn anything Erom these "outsiders"? Burnside Is .1. community Burnsldt: Community Council, Inc.. FOR 11 YEARS NOW, THE BURNSIDE COMMUNITY COUNCIL HAS DOG-ged City Hall, government bureaucrats and complacent citizens alike with the insistence that elderly Burnside hotel dwell-ers, the poor and the destitute, homeless men, women and children who wind up somehow on streets and sidewalks of Skid Road not ~ forgotten . Clearly, the days are long gone when you could point to a ragged man or to a shopping bag lady on Portland's Skid Road, for instance, and conclude logically that s/he was just a drunk or another eccentric, The old stereotype of the Skid Road derelict - -a drunken male, middleaged or older--is hope-lessly outdated. Today's homeless include more minorities, high proportions of young people struggling with drug or alcohol problems or mental illness , Vietnam veterans suffering from Delayed Stress, the chronically mentally ill, the unemployed, women and run-away children. And as the winter approaches, the swelling ranks £!. Oregon's homeless, aimlessly walking the city streets, spending their nights huddled inside doorways, in railway boxcares or shel-ters, many tattered and dirty, some alcoholic, many more dis-turbed, !!.!!: hardly!!_~~-As the unemployment rate rises, inflation, shortages of affordable housing, the resocialization of mental patients combined with the severe cutbacks in federal social programs, more and more people, sometimes whole families, are being push-ed out onto the streets of Portland. Each night during these cold winter months, the Council will be doing our part by providing emergency shelter and food to 131 homeless men , women and children who make their way to one of our two shelters, Baloney~ and the West Women's Hotel . MICHAEL STOOPS BALONEY JOE ' S EMERGENCY SHELTER On December l, Baloney Joe ' s converted into a crit i cally needed emergency shelter facility. New hours are from 12 noon to 7 : 00 a.m. daily. Every evening until April , Bal -oney Joe ' s provides 99 shelter spaces for homeless men , women, and children. The provision of this shelter until April 1.s contingent upon an additional $ 13,000 that needs to be raised for night shelter staff salaries. Negotia-tions with city and county officials for these funds are continuing. WoUENS HoTEL and emergency shelter 127 NW 6TH AVE • PORTLAND • OREGON 97209 503/224-7718 Two years ago it came to the attention of the Burnside Community Council that there was a need for an all-women-and-children emergency shelter and low-income housing pro-ject . Individuals got together with the Council and found a delapidated hotel that hadn ' t been in use for years . Women and men gathered to volunteer eight to 10 hours a day . In time women from all over heard of the hotel and came to our doors looking for shelter. We were able to offer them a bed in a room. But because the renovation was still in progress, the atmosphere was anything but homey . Yet that didn ' t keep women from coming to our doors and partic~pating, in. the rebuilding of their hotel. With the 11 combined efforts of strength and determination, the West Women ' s Hotel and Emergenc.y shelter was formed. Last month alone the shelter took in 88 women and chil-dren. With the economic changes, we anticipate sheltering double that number this month . These women come to us hungry, cold, handicapped, pregnant, battered, raped, and frightened. They need a chance to straighten out thei r lives. For one reason or another they need to leave their homes, usually coming with the bare essentials and knowing that they have to start all over again to accomplish what they had before. They are forever struggling , knowing that they can succeed if only society will give · them a chance to prove themselves . To these women we offer basic services of shelter, food, clothing and information about referrals and counselling . We have women ' s support groups, A. A. meetings, and rap sessions. We offer a community kitchen, TV room, kid ' s playroom , and. library . The women here are united and form a community in themselves . In this community they find strength and encouragement to live up to thei r full potential . We believe that no woman should be out in the cold . No matter what their past contains, everybody deserves a chance--a helping hand when they are down . The West Hotel's main purpose is to get women back on their feet and back into the st r eam of a successful life. PORT LAND G\l-"IU>/4,\, KA THY LANGLEY In July, the Burnside Community Council extended an invitation to the Guardian Angels to visit Portland and consider establishing a chapter here . Their foun-der, Curtis Sliwa , noted that the non-pr ofit organization was set up to " pre-vent violence on the streets, not to -t.l\'G'E'-s cause i C." The Angels are familiar to many by the red berets and t-shirts they wear and for the fact that they help monitor neighbourhood st r eets in groups of eight or more . They are active in 40 other American cities . A visiting Angel patrol from Sacramento was here for three days in October to give Portland residents an oppor-. tunity to view the Angels in action . They were present in the Burnside neighbourhood and along N. E . Union Avenue . The response from City Hall and the Police> Department was consistently f;avorable . Lisa Sliwa, the Angels ' nat-ional director and training coordinator, said , " In New York we work side by side with the police department, carrying ID ca r ds given to us by the city . 11 She was in Portland to kick off the local Guardian Angels recruitment campaign with 220 applicants responding . The training program is now underway. It includes physica l conditioning, self-defense and restraint pr ocedures for one month . Then there will be a month of legal train-ing and ano t her month of first aid training including CPR and passive resistance. According to Sliwa, one out of eight r ecruits will finish the program to become Portland Guard-ian Angels . The Guardian Angels rely solely on contributions from individuals and organizations . All contributions are sent th r ough the New York headquarters and then distributed to designated chapters throughout the United States . Michael Stoops , director of the Burnside Community Council, is founder and coordinator of the Portland cha_pter of the Guardian Angels. He indicated that by February the first Angel patrols will be seen in the Burnside neighbour-hood . Hopefully they will be a strong deterrent to vio-lent crime, making Burnside a safer place to live. Time will tell. ROBERT COLLINS III 12 CARNEGIE NEWS FLASH ... WOODWORK SHOP - Learn to build with wood, Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from E:30-9:30 o.1"1. LIBRARY WEEK - January 17 to 21 with soeakers, displays, exc1tement in the library! CELEBRATE CARNEGIE'S THIRD ANNIVERSARY - January 2D from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tea, biscuits with the Aldermen. CARNEGIE GnJERAL MEETING - January 23 at 4,00 o.m. Topic: What are your R1qhts and Responsibilities at Carneaie? ATLANTIC CANADA WEEK - January 24 to 28. Films , speakers , displays , music and food. FRENCH CANADA WEEK - Watch for this from February 21 to 25. KID'S SURPRISE PARTY - Saturday , Januarv 22. Stories , games , pnzes - lots of fun!! MONDAY Ballroom Danc i ng l :00-3:00 p . m. Theatre Learn to fox- trot, tanoo and waltz with Bob Jo nes . Carnegie membership reouired . Boxing Club 7:00-9:00 o.m. Ex . Room $2.00 per month - ma l es only. Al so on Wed. & Fr i . Guitar Lessons 8:00 p.m. You t h Workers Instructor Rei Aru. No Cost. G.E.D. 1:30- 3:30 p.m. Classroom #2 Course starts Monday, January 17 . Birth Control Counsellinn 7:30-9:30 p.m. 2nd Floor The Vancouver Women's Health Collective oives i nfo on birth control , V.D. and preonancy. Carneaie Shotokan Karate Cl ub Gym From 8:00-9:30 p.m . Instructor Andy Holmes . Cost: S25.00 per month. Carnegie Troubadour Dance 7:00 p.m. Theatre Music by the Troubadours - dancina fo r all. Figure Drawing Class 7 :00 p . m. Cl assroom #1 With Ric hard Tetrault. Sha red Cost - app ro x . $3 .00 TUESDAY Fitness Cl ass 12 :1 0-1 2 : 50 p. m. Gym See Ins tructor Kare n Mo xha m fo r de tail s . Van Tr ip fo r Senio rs Cos t, 50¢. l ,oo p.m. Sen iors Game s l :00- 4 :00 p.m. Theatre All ki nds of t abl e g ame s . Fun & coffee . Ha ndwritin9 1 :D0- 2 : 00 p.m. Youthworkers En ol ish as a Second lan C1uaae Class r oom #2 From 1 :00 to 3:00 p.m. - beoins J anuary 18th . Piano les sons 10: 30 p.m. Theatre Ins t r uctor Gre t a Ya rdley welcome s s tudents old and youno to learn how to pl ay piano. Vo lleyball l ea9ue 7:00 p. m. Gym Cabaret Coffee House 7:00-1 0 :00 p . m. Theatre · Open mike t i me and f eature pe rfo rmer. Nat i ve Law Students Leoal Advice From 7 :00 t o 9: 00 p.nr. WEDNESDAY Main Fl oor Senio r s Fund-Raisino Hot Doo Sale l obby A 11 afternoon. · Box ino Cl ub A.A . Meeti no 7 :00- 9 :00 p .m. Ex . Room 8 : 00 p . m. Cl ass r oom #2 EVENTS Woodworkina l :00-4:00 p.m. Woodwork Shoo Instruction in woodworkino for beninners. Open for Ideas Speakers series. 2, 30 p.m. Check at Desk Drawing from life 7:00-10:00 p.m. Classroom #1 Instructor Richard Tetrault - Live models - $2.00 per class. Binoo 7:00-10:00 o.m. Theatre • Sl.00 Admission - 50¢ extra cards. Bonanza names throwaways, pi ck-your-own numbers name. ' THURSDAY Fitness Class Same as Tuesday. 12,10-12,50 p .m. Gym Guitar lessons 8:00 p . m. Youthworkers ~~~~~~~or Rei Aru. All beainners and enthusiasts Karate Same as Monday 6:30-8:00 o.m. Gym Thursday Dinner 5:30 p.m. A seniors fund-raisino event. Cost: S2.50. Seniors Games l :00-4:00 p.m . Theatre Same as Tuesday. Woodworkinq 6:30-9:30 o.m . Woodwor k Shoo ~~~i~h~o1~w~~~ ~~~e~i ~~!/eed some he l p? En9l ish as a Second Lanouaoe l :00-3 :00 pm Class #2 Parent'.s Drop In 2:00- 4 :00 p. m. Youthwo rk e r s :;:\n~p~:~:;s;0 ii~~~s~~~~~ for parents . St ory FRIDAY Ca ntonese Films 12 :00 noon Theatre Carneaie members free. $1.00 non- members . Cookina from Around the Horld 2:00 om Kitchen Learn exotic t r icks with chef Victor. Dinner se r ved at 5 : 30 o . m. Cost: $2.50 . Boxino Cl ub 7 :00- 9:00 o . m. Ex . Room Same as Monday. Piano Lessons 4:00 p . m. Theat r e Same as Tuesday . Vo 11 eyba 11 Leaq ue 7,00 p .m. Gym Fr iday Fea tu re Film 7:00 p.m. Thea tre Free t o Ca rnea ie members . $1. 00 non members . Video Proqram 7: 30 p . m. 2nd Fl oor Programs of inte res t t o peopl e o f the Down-t own Ea s t s ide. SATURDAY Seniors Pottery Club 11 :00-1 :00 p.m . BaseMent Instructor : Dona Nabata. Cos t: $5.00/month. Aural History Pro!jram 1 :00- 5:00 p.m. Main Floor laurel records seniors life stories to be transcribed and put toC1ether in a book . SUNDAY Sunday Breakfast 11:00 a.m. 2nd Fl oor Menu varies . Cost: $1.50. Pottery Class 3:00 o.m. Basement Wheel throwinQ and trand- ll\Odellinq. Chinese Drama Club 4:00- 7:00 p.111. Classroom #2 Sunday Dinner 5:30 o.m. 2nd Fl oor Treat of the week. Mus ic Nights for Youth 8:00 p.m. Classroom #3 Acting/Directing Workshop 6:00-10:00 p.m. Theatre ( In Classroom 112 after January 30). Scene study and improvisation. Squaredancino 8 :00-10:00 p . m. Theatre Starts January 30 again. Fil ms Francophones 7 :00 p. m. Classroom #1 


Citation Scheme:


Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics



Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            async >
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:


Related Items