Vancouver might decriminalize camping

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council may decriminalize the city’s unlawful camping ordinance. The current ordinance making it illegal to camp in public between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. is a misdemeanor but could be demoted to a civil infraction.Since infractions are punishable by fines — and most homeless people would not be able to pay such a fine — the councilors discussed during a city council workshop Monday whether there are alternative penalties for camping outside of lawful hours.“Is there community service? Is there any other way of putting something in there that’s not just financial?” said Councilor Jack Burkman.Next month, the city attorney’s office will present a couple of options to councilors.Revising the unlawful camping ordinance was last debated during an April 24 workshop in which advocates for the homeless urged the council to extend lawful camping hours to give people more time to sleep and to set up and break down their camps. However, at Monday’s city council workshop, none of the councilors were inclined to change the hours. Another idea that councilors knocked down was having ordinance violators prove there was no available shelter space when they were cited.Chad Eiken, the city’s director of community and economic development, said a big barrier for people is that they can’t carry all of their possessions with them. Same as the camping ordinance, people cannot store belongings in public between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.Eiken said a group that meets monthly to address Vancouver’s homelessness issues talked in depth about how to provide open-air storage lockers. The city is looking at how other cities have implemented storage facilities. How they are accessed, where they’re placed and how to connect people who use them to other services are some details to consider.last_img read more

La ChauxdeFonds Switzerland – Reported by Elite

first_imgLa Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineBell & Ross’ newest diving timepieces, the BR 02 Steel with Carbon Fiber Dial and the BR 02 Phantom, allow you to explore hidden depths with ultimate time-telling precision and style. Both will be available for purchase in August 2011.The sleek BR 02 Phantom, water-resistant to 1,000 meters, has a self-winding mechanical movement and displays hours, minutes, seconds and date. The 44mm steel case sports a black physical vapor deposition finish along with a decompression valve. The timepiece’s dial is black with a Clou de Paris pattern and photoluminescent figures and hands for better visibility, and the crystal is made of anti-reflective sapphire. Strap-wise, opt between rubber of heavy-duty canvas.The equally stylish BR 02 Steel with Carbon Fiber Dial is also water-resistant to 1,000 meters and offers a similar selection of specifications as the Phantom, though its steel case retains the metal’s silvery sheen and its black dial is made of carbon fiber.www.bellross.comlast_img read more