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Now on to our Best of Blog...
Vancouver politics thanks to its many sides is never boring. If there is one person who gives our politicians a run for their money time and again it is Jamie Lee Hamilton. Her blog Oldtown News should be a regular read for students of Vancouver politics, particularly around the hotbed of the Downtown East Side.
To some Jamie Lee is a contradiction. Her work defending women in the sex trade makes her a natural ally of power brokers in the poverty industry who dominate the DTES. Instead, she prefers to speak her own mind about matters of justice in a neighbourhood that has become symbolic of despair in Canadian cities.
Jamie Lee didn't just wind up in the DTES because she was down on her luck -- she grew up there and attended local schools! We sometimes forget that the blocks surrounding Main and Hastings are an actual neighbourhood just like Dunbar or Killarney. You can bet that Jamie Lee will never let us forget it.
She's not always right (nor are we) but Oldtown News is always written with passion. Jamie Lee is quicker to cut hypocrites in half than anyone I know. The other day she emailed me suggesting that I had defended slates at a recent NPA meeting. I asked her to read my post again as I had not, but it reminded me how accountable we need to be around here.
Jamie Lee has written several posts lately on homeless shelters. She paints a bit of a depressing picture of the challenges faced by those trying to get sick people off the streets, and the politics around this issue. I strongly urge our readers to see what Jamie Lee has written.