4.28.2005

Firefighters statement says Mayencourt not telling all the story

Breaking news

Mayencourt's story with panhandler does not match with what a Vancouver City Fire Crew saw ....

This from CKNW ...

Some new information has come to light about the late February altercation involving BC Liberal Lorne Mayencourt and a man described as a panhandler.
Firefighters witnessed the dispute and describe some jostling, leading up to a punch to Mayencourt's face.

"According to the fire crew, Mr. Mayencourt used his open hand and he touched this gentleman on the forearm, where the other gentleman immediately punched Mr. Mayencourt in the face."
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12 comments:

HDcanuck said...

Hmmm, interesting... So what really happened? An open handed touch on the forearm does not warrant a punch in the face.

HDcanuck said...

Here's a somewhat related observation... Today I spoke with a friend who runs a very successful small business providing cleaning and landscaping services to business in Vancouver. He has a few employees and is swamped with work. Anyway, he has been advertising for three weeks in the paper for labour help ($9/hr) and guess what -- he's had two calls from people unsuitable for the job. Two calls! Where are all the calls from those unemployed and on welfare who "can't find work?" Comments?

Rick Barnes said...

I suggest that Lorne was well into a screaming match, have you heard him, it hurts the ears.

Second he should have left this to the police instead of "seeing headlines" in his head "Lorne save Westend, World's worst panhandler caught"

As far as you buddy having trouble getting people to work for him I don't know. Tell him to come to Kelowna, I know several guys that would take a job.

HDcanuck said...

Hmmm... based on the original story it is hard to find anything that Lorne did to deserve being punched in the face.

HDcanuck said...

HEY rick! ic not much is happening with the blog, which can only mean one thing ... it's election time!! so ru all busy with the campaign?? i haven't even looked at my candidates yet, suppose i should.

Rick Barnes said...

You hit the nail on the head buddy!

Re-awakened Shaman said...

The economic violence that has been perpetrated in this province is certainly worthy of a punch in the face.

Though I wouldn't hurt anyone myself. I would even have tried to defend Lorne because one should always protect idiots!

Rick Barnes said...

Idon't support Lorne being hit despite the cruel means he and the Liberals have used in attacking those with mental health, youth and the poor.

See http://Politicsinbc.blogspot.com for my story on Mayencourt today!

Diane said...

Open your eyes. Perhaps those of you who are male, or under 40 or walk with the confidence of youth don't have to face aggressive West end street people who don't hassle you. I know of two people who have been terrified by the same person who Mayencourt tried to stop. Why don't you big mouths try a little walk down Denman- be female- maybe have your young daughter with you. You would be relieved when someone steps in and tries to separate the vulgar abuse hurling street person from you and your daughter- even if it was a politicain Get your facts straight.

Rick Barnes said...

Perhaps there is more to the story, things like Lorne voting for budget cuts to mental health, social services. He recently pondered out loud that he wanted to know where all the social workers were, "why weren't they out on the street helping people?"

Lorne, the answer is clear, you fired them, closed their offices and cut emergency funding to people.

HDcanuck said...

Yes, Rick you said a mouthful -- there is more than one side to this story... and thanks Diane for sharing your experiences on here - we all want to walk the streets and feel safe and free of harassment. So how do we get there? This problem is multi-faceted, and certainly cuts to social services and mental health are part of the problem. But sadly, the situation of entrenched street people started to happen in cities across North America as a direct consequence of the massive de-institutionalization of the mentally ill and has since been aggravated by cuts to social services. The status-quo is not working; perhaps we need a three-pillar approach to dealing with the issue of street people: re-institutionalization for those not amenable to care 'outside', enforcement of aggressive panhandling laws and increased social and employment services on-the-ground.

Rick Barnes said...

I agree with you Jim. I do believe aggressive panhandlers can be done without the safe streets act.

Any support for people with mental health issues would provide safer streets.