Issuu on Google+ THE VOICE OF VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS Godand Frangione 25 MIDWEEK EDITION WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2013 Vol. 104 No. 11 • Established 1908 OPINION: Scolding other people’s kids 11 Vicesquad getsnew handle UNIT NOW CALLED COUNTER EXPLOITATION MIKE HOWELL Staff writer T photo Jason Lang CONTENTIOUS CONSULTATION: Park board commissioners kept a public meeting going until 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to discuss a new joint operating agreement for community centres. Police arrive at end of marathon meeting VPD CALLED TO PARK BOARD MEETING AT 3:30 A.M. SANDRA THOMAS Staff writer A nine-hour public park board meeting Monday night, regarding the centralization of the city’s community centres ended at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday with the arrival of police. The VPD was called after the remaining members of the initially large crowd at the West End Community Centre demanded the resignation of the Vision Vancouver members of the park board. The park board voted in principle to approve a controversial plan to centralize the operation of 23 community centres, including a new financial model that will see community centre associations forced to pool revenues. For more than 40 years that revenue has been retained by those community centres’ non-profit, volunteer-driven associations and used for staffing programs, buying computers and constructing facilities such as rinks and pools. The Vision Vancouver-dominated park board argues the money should be pooled into a general account. See PARK on page 4 he Vancouver Police Department is changing the name of its vice squad as part of its ongoing efforts to build trust lost with sex trade workers over the failed missing and murdered women investigations. Deputy Chief Doug LePard said the squad will be renamed the counter exploitation unit. LePard described the term “vice” as archaic with moral implications. He said the new name reflects more closely the department’s approach to investigating files related to sex trade work. That approach, he said, is to use enforcement against sex workers only as “an absolute last resort” while focusing on their safety and building relationships to reduce barriers to reporting crime. Sex trade worker Susan Davis, an advocate for the name change, said she was pleased with the VPD’s decision to do away with the old name. “It’s this remnant of that prohibition, social gospel beginning,” Davis said. “It’s just such a strange word. I’m just so glad it’s gone.” The name change is one of several moves the VPD has made recently to improve its relationship with the sex trade and aboriginal communities. Late last year, the Vancouver Police Board approved new “sex enforcement guidelines,” which were drafted with input from groups and individuals such as Davis. The police board also adopted a more detailed missing persons policy that clearly states the importance of handling cases involving aboriginal people, the homeless and sex trade workers. See MISSING on page 4 DYSLEXIA DIDN’T STOP ALBERT. We don’t let dyslexia or language-related learning disabilities affect our students, either. They learn differently, and we offer them an education in a setting where they can thrive. See for yourself at the Fraser Academy Open House: BEDKJGIC, LFHKDIKC 7, 9:30-11:15 AM. For more info or to RSVP, visit or call (604) 736-5575. © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Vancouver Courier February 6 2013

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