Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne. (File photo)

Parksville council says liaison withdrawn from homeless outreach group due to verbal attacks

Mayor Ed Mayne formed task force in 2010

The council liaison position with the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness (OTFH), a group formed by Mayor Ed Mayne in 2010, has been withdrawn.

At a July 3 regular council meeting, Mayne said he has become aware of some members of the task force directing anger and frustration about council’s decision making and policy platforms at the appointed liaison, Coun. Adam Fras.

“The purpose of the liaison is to share information between the group and members of council. Councillors in a liaison role are owed a certain level of respect as individuals volunteering their time and also due to their status as duly elected members of council,” Mayne said. “It is not appropriate for elected officials to be attacked verbally in meetings or subject to constant complaints about council decisions.”

Mayne said the city is working closely with BC Housing in building strong partnerships on housing an social initiatives.

Mayne formed the task force when he was firsrt serving as mayor of Parksville in 2010, to address a growing homeless population and to establish housing for the less fortunate.

RELATED: New data gives insight into Parksville Qualicum Beach-area homeless community

According to an emailed statement from the the OTFH, they will continue to move forward with providing locally based co-ordination, collaboration and action on the issue of homelessness.

“It is unfortunate that the Parksville city council made the decision not to continue the liaison position with the OTFH given that mayor Mayne originally established the task force during his first mayorship in 2010, and since then the city councils have been very supportive of the work of the task force,” reads the statement.

RELATED: Individuals chosen to begin ‘road to recovery’ at supportive housing facility

The group said it’s proud to have established a supportive housing development at Orca Place with the support of provincial and municipal governments. Currently the task force is focused on establishing a cold-weather shelter in the area as it was removed from Orca Place by agreement between the city and BC Housing, which continues to support the operations of the shelter and is participating in the process.

Task force officials say they remain eager to hear from community collaborators interested in partnering to provide a location for this shelter.

karly.blats@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Oak Bay father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

B.C. Ferries wants input on what a new Horseshoe Bay terminal might look like

Ferry corporation accepting feedback on terminal re-development design concepts until Oct. 13

Two years for cop car crusher

Man who crushed Nanaimo RCMP cars with stolen truck gets more jail time

Union says mediated negotiation with WFP has been ‘disappointing’

Striking forestry workers have been on picket lines since Canada Day

Teenage driver investigated in fatal Island motorcycle crash

Reynolds Secondary principal pens letter to parents saying supports available to students

VIDEO: Drone footage documents work to free salmon at Big Bar landslide

Video shows crews working to remove rocks and wood, and transporting salmon by helicopter

UPDATED: Hundreds gather to reflect and remember UVic students killed in bus crash

Campus community invited to reflect, support one another

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Developers withdraw rezoning application for huge Parksville waterfront plan

IAG to create new draft after processing public feedback

Shipping container housing for homeless coming to Courtenay

Project is partnership of Comox Rotary and Dawn to Dawn and will help address housing needs

Judge quashes Victoria man’s appeal of 90 day weekend sentence for trafficking meth

Godofredo Narboneta Ruiz was the owner, driver of vehicle used to transport the drugs

Victoria police arrest man at gunpoint after two assaulted with a knife

The man was arrested Monday night after in incident in the 900-block of Pandora Ave.

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Most Read