“The political significance of this is quite extraordinary.”

- DNC Board Meeting Attendee



On August 22, 2013 the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council Board (DNC) met on the tenth floor of the Woodward’s Building. The final act of the the meeting was a motion that is sure to shake-up the politics of our neighbourhood. In a dramatic, sweeping and nearly unanimous vote the DNC passed a resolution requesting the following persons cease from attending DNC Board Meetings due to “disruptive behaviour”. Below are the council minutes from the meeting.

Motion: Due to their behavior at the previous general meeting, and the disruptive behavior at several board meetings, and due to their inclusion in the previous conflict resolution passed in Nov 2012, the following people are asked to not come to our next general meeting. Voting will take place for each person individually. Roland motions, Debbie seconds.

Jean Swanson – motion passes unanimously
Ivan Drury – motion passes unanimously
Wendy Pedersen – motion passes unanimously
Tami Starlight – motion passes unanimously
Herb Varley – motion passes, 7 for, 4 abstain

The following people are thus requested to not attend our next general meeting: Jean Swanson, Ivan Drury, Wendy Pedersen, Tami Starlight, Herb Varley.


Wendy Pederson and friend protesting in front of Cuchillo.

These five individuals include the core group of restaurant protestors and the leadership of the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP). They are also the most quoted in mainstream media as “representatives of the Downtown Eastside”. Wendy Pedersen is a member of the Carnegie Community Centre board and a member of the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan (LAP) Committee. Herb Varley and Tami Starlight are also members of the DTES LAP Committee.

Since June the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council has been calling for an end to the eight-month old restaurant protests in Gastown.

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  1. Aaron S. Davis says:

    That sounds like good news to me!

  2. Justin Wilcomes says:

    STOP GENTRIFICATION…while she wears her $200 sunglasses…

  3. Tami Decolonize says:

    yea,……thats deep u a$$

  4. Tami Decolonize says:

    sounds like tons of unaccountability, more oppression and more collusion – like this fucking online rag by roland clarke – mr misogyny – oppressive psycho. dtes is doomed as long as oppressive psychos operate with impunity.

  5. Leeanne Barr says:

    From this article, I can't tell if these folks being asked not to attend DNC board meetings is a good thing or a bad thing. Leaves me with questions – why are they asked not to attend? What happens if they just attend? What is everyone worried about?

  6. it's about time they have made all the residence look bad in the community and using CCAP as a base for all there protesting and they support the the labeling of residence in the community from the nonprofit organizations as mentally ill for this label they receive $25,000.00 per person to house them and take the tenancy act away from them and there canadian constitution rights away. Raincity, Lookout and Portland housing-PHS and there are more organizations that are doing this too.

  7. she is payed to protest in stiffens and grant money

  8. Luchia Feman says:

    these radical nutbars are being asked to stop attending the meetings because linking their cause and association with any group in the DTES trying to do good there, is dangerous and extremely counter-productive. It's true Wendy does seem to be looking more fashionable every day for her photo op's…..however this really isn't the point.

  9. Teresa Diewert says:

    Ludvik Skalicky get your facts straight. She does it on her own time, has not worked for Carnegie for over a year! She cares for her community and has every right to do what she feels she needs to do…it is called free speech.

  10. Sarah Beuhler says:

    That is some complex disinformation – is that the best you could do?Please provide model and cost of her sunglasses. Which you can't do. Because you're extrapolating from a grainy photo. The sunglasses I bought for $10 at a flea market also look quite expensive. You are just embarrassing.

  11. Sarah Beuhler says:

    Nice attempt to make this organization credible. Oh, Gastown Gazette. You try so hard to make the DTES Gastown. And you just can't quite seem to make it happen fast enough! Aren't your developer buddies getting impatient?

  12. Sarah Beuhler says:

    Ludvik Skalicky *paid * stiffens? do you mean stipends?

  13. Sassafrass NoBullshit Cass says:

    Greg Renouf you're pretty deep….deeply disturbed and misinformed. where are your Sun Media buddies to back you up in this frothy attack post? As to the whole DNC motion…is this what happens anytime groups work together and some of them are cozy with business developers and some of them are more grassroots focused?

  14. Joseph Josiah says:

    I'm not very familiar about these councils.. is this neighbourhood council a gastown thing? why would they kick out the restaurant picketers?

  15. Joseph Josiah says:

    i mean obviously if its a gastown thing they;d kick them out..

  16. Sarah Beuhler says:

    How is it "dangerous"? Because there might actually be push back against the yuppification of the DTES?

  17. Linda May says:

    duh….clicking on and publicity grows them….?? their goal no doubt