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* At her swearing-in ceremony as mayor of Victoria on December 4, 2014, she stirred controversy by refusing to recite the oath of allegiance to [[Queen Elizabeth II]] and claimed that the city of Victoria was part of First Nations territory.<ref>[http://globalnews.ca/news/1709623/victorias-new-mayor-decides-not-to-pledge-allegiance-to-the-queen/ Victoria’s new mayor decides not to pledge allegiance to the Queen]</ref>
 
* At her swearing-in ceremony as mayor of Victoria on December 4, 2014, she stirred controversy by refusing to recite the oath of allegiance to [[Queen Elizabeth II]] and claimed that the city of Victoria was part of First Nations territory.<ref>[http://globalnews.ca/news/1709623/victorias-new-mayor-decides-not-to-pledge-allegiance-to-the-queen/ Victoria’s new mayor decides not to pledge allegiance to the Queen]</ref>
 
* From the fall of 2015 through the summer of 2016, a "tent city" populated by drug addicts and transients, primarily from outside of Victoria (with many even coming from outside of British Columbia), developed on the grounds of the city's downtown courthouse and quickly deteriorated into an unsanitary slum under Helps' watch, with some of its occupants causing problems in the area by committing crimes, intimidating residents and negatively affecting businesses.<ref>[http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/victoria-man-says-he-was-beaten-and-robbed-outside-of-tent-city-1.2909397 Victoria man says he was beaten and robbed outside of tent city]</ref><ref>[http://victoriabuzz.com/2016/05/robbery-and-attack-on-manager-of-building-across-from-tent-city/ Robbery and Attack on Manager of Building Across From Tent City]</ref><ref name="tent city">[http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/neighbours-fed-up-with-tent-city-next-to-victoria-courthouse-1.2119100 Neighbours fed up with tent city next to Victoria courthouse]</ref><ref>[http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs173/1101898008579/archive/1124454261081.html Tent City - Bad for Business]</ref> Helps paid lip service to the press and the public regarding the tent city, claiming that she had met with city and provincial officials to "find a solution",<ref name="tent city"/> but Helps did very little to contribute toward a solution herself,<ref name="no solution">[http://breakingthecode.ca/tent-city-no-solution/ Why Tent City Has No Solution]</ref> forcing the [[British Columbia Liberal Party|British Columbia Liberal]] government (led by Premier Christy Clark) and the provincial Supreme Court to take action to dismantle the tent city and move its occupants into affordable housing and shelters.<ref>[http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/b-c-government-in-court-to-shut-down-victoria-tent-city-1.2813011 B.C. government in court to shut down Victoria tent city]</ref><ref>[http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/victoria-tent-city-must-be-dismantled-b-c-judge-says-1.2974580 Victoria tent city must be dismantled, B.C. judge says]</ref> Helps was criticized for not only doing next to nothing to solve the problem, but also for contributing to the problem by implicitly encouraging the tent city's occupants to increase in number and take advantage of legal loopholes (with aid from sympathetic lawyers) through information she was giving through the press.<ref name="no solution"/><ref name="blackmail">[http://breakingthecode.ca/lisa-helps-blackmails-victoria/ Lisa Helps Blackmails Victoria and B.C.]</ref> Following the dismantling of the tent city, it was discovered that two suspected drug labs had been set up within its confines and that chemicals and drugs (including [[heroin]], [[cocaine]], [[LSD]], [[methamphetamine]]s and [[Ecstasy|MDMA]]) from the labs, along with gasoline and other fuels, had contaminated the soil on the tent city site, the cleanup of which ended up costing Victoria taxpayers an estimated $350,000 and involved the removal of nine trees and half a yard of the affected soil (which added up to about 120 dump truck loads).<ref>[http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/411688676.html Victoria courthouse tent city drugs pollute soil]</ref><ref>[http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/414268143.html Victoria's tent city soil being treated in Highlands]</ref>
 
* From the fall of 2015 through the summer of 2016, a "tent city" populated by drug addicts and transients, primarily from outside of Victoria (with many even coming from outside of British Columbia), developed on the grounds of the city's downtown courthouse and quickly deteriorated into an unsanitary slum under Helps' watch, with some of its occupants causing problems in the area by committing crimes, intimidating residents and negatively affecting businesses.<ref>[http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/victoria-man-says-he-was-beaten-and-robbed-outside-of-tent-city-1.2909397 Victoria man says he was beaten and robbed outside of tent city]</ref><ref>[http://victoriabuzz.com/2016/05/robbery-and-attack-on-manager-of-building-across-from-tent-city/ Robbery and Attack on Manager of Building Across From Tent City]</ref><ref name="tent city">[http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/neighbours-fed-up-with-tent-city-next-to-victoria-courthouse-1.2119100 Neighbours fed up with tent city next to Victoria courthouse]</ref><ref>[http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs173/1101898008579/archive/1124454261081.html Tent City - Bad for Business]</ref> Helps paid lip service to the press and the public regarding the tent city, claiming that she had met with city and provincial officials to "find a solution",<ref name="tent city"/> but Helps did very little to contribute toward a solution herself,<ref name="no solution">[http://breakingthecode.ca/tent-city-no-solution/ Why Tent City Has No Solution]</ref> forcing the [[British Columbia Liberal Party|British Columbia Liberal]] government (led by Premier Christy Clark) and the provincial Supreme Court to take action to dismantle the tent city and move its occupants into affordable housing and shelters.<ref>[http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/b-c-government-in-court-to-shut-down-victoria-tent-city-1.2813011 B.C. government in court to shut down Victoria tent city]</ref><ref>[http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/victoria-tent-city-must-be-dismantled-b-c-judge-says-1.2974580 Victoria tent city must be dismantled, B.C. judge says]</ref> Helps was criticized for not only doing next to nothing to solve the problem, but also for contributing to the problem by implicitly encouraging the tent city's occupants to increase in number and take advantage of legal loopholes (with aid from sympathetic lawyers) through information she was giving through the press.<ref name="no solution"/><ref name="blackmail">[http://breakingthecode.ca/lisa-helps-blackmails-victoria/ Lisa Helps Blackmails Victoria and B.C.]</ref> Following the dismantling of the tent city, it was discovered that two suspected drug labs had been set up within its confines and that chemicals and drugs (including [[heroin]], [[cocaine]], [[LSD]], [[methamphetamine]]s and [[Ecstasy|MDMA]]) from the labs, along with gasoline and other fuels, had contaminated the soil on the tent city site, the cleanup of which ended up costing Victoria taxpayers an estimated $350,000 and involved the removal of nine trees and half a yard of the affected soil (which added up to about 120 dump truck loads).<ref>[http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/411688676.html Victoria courthouse tent city drugs pollute soil]</ref><ref>[http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/414268143.html Victoria's tent city soil being treated in Highlands]</ref>
* Helps also contributed toward creating problems in Victoria with the proliferation of illegal [[medical marijuana|"medical" marijuana]] shops (which were reported as being under the ownership of criminals, who called them "dispensaries" to sell recreational marijuana under the ruse of "medical" purposes) and the related spike in crimes such as armed robberies and home invasions to support the criminals' marijuana habits, again as the result of her interviews with the press, which raised public concerns over her subverting the law and implicitly opening legal loopholes for the pot shop owners.<ref name="blackmail"/> Helps has dismissively disregarded public and business concerns over the pot shops, claiming "People don’t rob places because they’re bad, people rob places because they’re desperate."<ref>[http://breakingthecode.ca/lisa-helps-ruinous-2015-reign/ Lisa Helps’ Ruinous 2015 Reign in Pics and Toons]</ref>
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* Helps also contributed toward creating problems in Victoria with the proliferation of illegal [[medical marijuana|"medical" marijuana]] shops (which were reported as being under the ownership of criminals, who called them "dispensaries" to sell recreational marijuana under the ruse of "medical" purposes) and the related spike in crimes such as armed robberies and home invasions to support the criminals' marijuana habits, again as the result of her interviews with the press, which raised public concerns over her subverting the law and implicitly opening legal loopholes for the pot shop owners.<ref name="blackmail"/> Helps has dismissively disregarded public and business concerns over the pot shops, claiming "People don’t rob places because they’re bad, people rob places because they’re desperate."<ref>[http://breakingthecode.ca/lisa-helps-ruinous-2015-reign/ Lisa Helps’ Ruinous 2015 Reign in Pics and Toons]</ref>  Regarding that controversy, Victoria newspaper the ''Times-Colonist'' likewise drew criticism for its backing of this and Helps' other policies while whitewashing their negative aspects.<ref>[http://breakingthecode.ca/times-colonist-lisa-helps-deceiving-you/ Times Colonist and Lisa Helps Are Deceiving You]</ref>
* In June 2017, Helps proposed that Victoria's residents "take in" the city's homeless population into their homes to "solve" the homeless problem in the city.<ref name="homeless">[https://www.therebel.media/victoria_mayor_asks_residents_to_billet_with_the_homeless Victoria Mayor asks residents to billet with the homeless] ('''Warning''' - some comments may contain coarse language)</ref><ref>[http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/mayor-floats-billeting-of-homeless-to-help-ease-victoria-housing-crisis-1.20575410 Mayor floats billeting of homeless to help ease Victoria housing crisis]</ref> The announcement drew immediate and heavy criticism against Helps, with those opposed correctly pointing out issues with drugs and/or mental illness experienced by the majority of homeless and transients, along with the inevitable probability of crimes being committed (such as assaults/murders and thefts of homeowners' possessions to sell for feeding drug habits)<ref name="homeless"/> by any homeless accepting billeting from homeowners; Helps was also criticized for taking a "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude by refusing to take any homeless into her home herself, claiming that she had "confidential documents" in her home as her excuse while ignoring homeowners' realistic concerns.<ref name="homeless"/>
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* In June 2017, Helps proposed that Victoria's residents "take in" the city's homeless population into their homes to "solve" the homeless problem in the city.<ref name="homeless">[https://www.therebel.media/victoria_mayor_asks_residents_to_billet_with_the_homeless Victoria Mayor asks residents to billet with the homeless] ('''Warning''' - some comments may contain coarse language)</ref><ref>[http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/mayor-floats-billeting-of-homeless-to-help-ease-victoria-housing-crisis-1.20575410 Mayor floats billeting of homeless to help ease Victoria housing crisis] at the ''Victoria Times-Colonist''</ref> The announcement drew immediate and heavy criticism against Helps, with those opposed correctly pointing out issues with drugs and/or mental illness experienced by the majority of homeless and transients, along with the inevitable probability of crimes being committed (such as assaults/murders and thefts of homeowners' possessions to sell for feeding drug habits)<ref name="homeless"/> by any homeless accepting billeting from homeowners; Helps was also criticized for taking a "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude by refusing to take any homeless into her home herself, claiming that she had "confidential documents" in her home as her excuse while ignoring homeowners' realistic concerns.<ref name="homeless"/>
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* In March 2018, Helps, who was accused of censoring criticism and opposing viewpoints against her by deleting comments on her Facebook page that criticized her record and policies as Victoria mayor and the controversies and scandals she has been involved in, announced that she had deleted her Facebook page, claiming that the site is no longer a healthy space for dialogue.<ref>[https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/victoria-mayor-deletes-facebook-because-it-rewards-anger-and-outrage-1.3857692 Victoria mayor deletes Facebook because it 'rewards anger and outrage'] at CTV News</ref>
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* On May 16, 2018, Helps and fellow left-wing members of Victoria's city council told city residents that they should take part in a fast on May 25 to mark the start of the [[Islam]]ic month of Ramadan - while Helps, in her comments, ignored what Islam really is (including that, contrary to what she and other leftists believe, it is not a "religion"<ref>[https://thereligionofpeace.com/pages/articles/10-reasons-not-peace.aspx Ten Obvious Reasons Why Islam is Not a Religion of Peace]</ref><ref>[http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/miles/161229 Islam is NOT a religion!] at RenewAmerica.com</ref><ref>[http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/02/28/geert-wilders-islam-not-religion-totalitarian-ideology/ Geert Wilders: Islam Is Not a Religion, It's a Totalitarian Ideology] at Breitbart.com</ref><ref>[https://newswithviews.com/islam-is-not-a-religion-its-a-fraud/ Islam Is Not A Religion, It’s A Fraud] at News with Views</ref><ref>[https://canadafreepress.com/article/islam-is-not-a-religion-it-is-foreign-law Islam Is Not A Religion, It Is Foreign Law] at Canada Free Press</ref><ref>[http://www.vachristian.org/About-Islam/Islam-Is-Not-An-Abrahamic-Religion.html Islam Is Not an Abrahamic Religion]</ref> but a socio-political ideology which perverts and mocks religion and has a history of terrorism, violence, mass murder and genocide, insurrection, conquest, subjugation of conquered peoples, preaching of hatred against Christians, Jews and all others who do not adhere to Islam, forced adherence to its ideology, threats against those who criticize it or intend to leave it and the use of [[taqiyya]]<ref>[https://thereligionofpeace.com/pages/myths/index.aspx Myths of Islam: Home Page]</ref><ref>[https://thereligionofpeace.com/pages/games/index.aspx Games Muslims Play: Home Page]</ref> to advance its causes).<ref>[http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/council-challenges-victorians-to-join-in-ramadan-fast-1.23305250 Council challenges Victorians to join in Ramadan fast] at the ''Victoria Times-Colonist''</ref>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 19:47, 17 May 2018

Lisa Helps is a Canadian left-wing politician and the current mayor of Victoria, British Columbia. Formerly a councillor on Victoria's city council, she defeated incumbent Dean Fortin to become mayor in the 2014 Victoria municipal election on November 15, 2014.[1] As a community organizer, activist and social justice warrior, Helps has put her leftist political and social views on full display in her public political role.

Controversies

  • At her swearing-in ceremony as mayor of Victoria on December 4, 2014, she stirred controversy by refusing to recite the oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II and claimed that the city of Victoria was part of First Nations territory.[2]
  • From the fall of 2015 through the summer of 2016, a "tent city" populated by drug addicts and transients, primarily from outside of Victoria (with many even coming from outside of British Columbia), developed on the grounds of the city's downtown courthouse and quickly deteriorated into an unsanitary slum under Helps' watch, with some of its occupants causing problems in the area by committing crimes, intimidating residents and negatively affecting businesses.[3][4][5][6] Helps paid lip service to the press and the public regarding the tent city, claiming that she had met with city and provincial officials to "find a solution",[5] but Helps did very little to contribute toward a solution herself,[7] forcing the British Columbia Liberal government (led by Premier Christy Clark) and the provincial Supreme Court to take action to dismantle the tent city and move its occupants into affordable housing and shelters.[8][9] Helps was criticized for not only doing next to nothing to solve the problem, but also for contributing to the problem by implicitly encouraging the tent city's occupants to increase in number and take advantage of legal loopholes (with aid from sympathetic lawyers) through information she was giving through the press.[7][10] Following the dismantling of the tent city, it was discovered that two suspected drug labs had been set up within its confines and that chemicals and drugs (including heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamines and MDMA) from the labs, along with gasoline and other fuels, had contaminated the soil on the tent city site, the cleanup of which ended up costing Victoria taxpayers an estimated $350,000 and involved the removal of nine trees and half a yard of the affected soil (which added up to about 120 dump truck loads).[11][12]
  • Helps also contributed toward creating problems in Victoria with the proliferation of illegal "medical" marijuana shops (which were reported as being under the ownership of criminals, who called them "dispensaries" to sell recreational marijuana under the ruse of "medical" purposes) and the related spike in crimes such as armed robberies and home invasions to support the criminals' marijuana habits, again as the result of her interviews with the press, which raised public concerns over her subverting the law and implicitly opening legal loopholes for the pot shop owners.[10] Helps has dismissively disregarded public and business concerns over the pot shops, claiming "People don’t rob places because they’re bad, people rob places because they’re desperate."[13] Regarding that controversy, Victoria newspaper the Times-Colonist likewise drew criticism for its backing of this and Helps' other policies while whitewashing their negative aspects.[14]
  • In June 2017, Helps proposed that Victoria's residents "take in" the city's homeless population into their homes to "solve" the homeless problem in the city.[15][16] The announcement drew immediate and heavy criticism against Helps, with those opposed correctly pointing out issues with drugs and/or mental illness experienced by the majority of homeless and transients, along with the inevitable probability of crimes being committed (such as assaults/murders and thefts of homeowners' possessions to sell for feeding drug habits)[15] by any homeless accepting billeting from homeowners; Helps was also criticized for taking a "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude by refusing to take any homeless into her home herself, claiming that she had "confidential documents" in her home as her excuse while ignoring homeowners' realistic concerns.[15]
  • In March 2018, Helps, who was accused of censoring criticism and opposing viewpoints against her by deleting comments on her Facebook page that criticized her record and policies as Victoria mayor and the controversies and scandals she has been involved in, announced that she had deleted her Facebook page, claiming that the site is no longer a healthy space for dialogue.[17]
  • On May 16, 2018, Helps and fellow left-wing members of Victoria's city council told city residents that they should take part in a fast on May 25 to mark the start of the Islamic month of Ramadan - while Helps, in her comments, ignored what Islam really is (including that, contrary to what she and other leftists believe, it is not a "religion"[18][19][20][21][22][23] but a socio-political ideology which perverts and mocks religion and has a history of terrorism, violence, mass murder and genocide, insurrection, conquest, subjugation of conquered peoples, preaching of hatred against Christians, Jews and all others who do not adhere to Islam, forced adherence to its ideology, threats against those who criticize it or intend to leave it and the use of taqiyya[24][25] to advance its causes).[26]

References

  1. http://www.lisahelpsvictoria.ca/inauguration
  2. Victoria’s new mayor decides not to pledge allegiance to the Queen
  3. Victoria man says he was beaten and robbed outside of tent city
  4. Robbery and Attack on Manager of Building Across From Tent City
  5. 5.0 5.1 Neighbours fed up with tent city next to Victoria courthouse
  6. Tent City - Bad for Business
  7. 7.0 7.1 Why Tent City Has No Solution
  8. B.C. government in court to shut down Victoria tent city
  9. Victoria tent city must be dismantled, B.C. judge says
  10. 10.0 10.1 Lisa Helps Blackmails Victoria and B.C.
  11. Victoria courthouse tent city drugs pollute soil
  12. Victoria's tent city soil being treated in Highlands
  13. Lisa Helps’ Ruinous 2015 Reign in Pics and Toons
  14. Times Colonist and Lisa Helps Are Deceiving You
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Victoria Mayor asks residents to billet with the homeless (Warning - some comments may contain coarse language)
  16. Mayor floats billeting of homeless to help ease Victoria housing crisis at the Victoria Times-Colonist
  17. Victoria mayor deletes Facebook because it 'rewards anger and outrage' at CTV News
  18. Ten Obvious Reasons Why Islam is Not a Religion of Peace
  19. Islam is NOT a religion! at RenewAmerica.com
  20. Geert Wilders: Islam Is Not a Religion, It's a Totalitarian Ideology at Breitbart.com
  21. Islam Is Not A Religion, It’s A Fraud at News with Views
  22. Islam Is Not A Religion, It Is Foreign Law at Canada Free Press
  23. Islam Is Not an Abrahamic Religion
  24. Myths of Islam: Home Page
  25. Games Muslims Play: Home Page
  26. Council challenges Victorians to join in Ramadan fast at the Victoria Times-Colonist