“KILL TERFS”: Vancouver’s women-only rape shelter vandalized with death threats, rat nailed to door
A Vancouver rape relief shelter alleges they have been the target of vandalism and death threats over their “woman-only” policy.
Photos shared by the official Vancouver Rape Relief & Woman’s Shelter Twitter account show several threats and messages scrawled on the centre’s windows like “KILL TERFS” and “TRANS POWER”.
“TERF” is a slur word for “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists,” or feminists who believe that women who are born biologically female face oppression and have a different lived experience than those born as men.
The shelter is believed to be Canada’s oldest and longest standing rape shelters for women.
“We are the longest standing rape crisis centre in Canada. Since 1973, our group has responded to close to 46,000 women seeking our support in their escape from male violence. Since we opened our transition house in 1981, we have housed over 3,000 women and over 2,600 children,” writes the organization’s website.
The Post Millennial reached out to Vancouver Rape Relief who confirmed that the motivation behind the vandalism and threats was their refusal to allow biological males to stay in their rape shelters.
“We have no doubt. Feminists groups have a lot of enemies, there are men’s rights activists, and fascists, but in this particular instance, the use of the word “TERF” obviously explicitly targets us because of our position for working for women who were born female,” said spokeswoman Hilla Kerner.
While the centre does not shelter biological males, their official policy is to serve transgender men who were born female.
“People who were born female are welcome to our services but they rarely call us because they would not use services from an organization who is identified with women’s services for women,” said Kerner.
“Our services are open to all people who were born female even if they don’t identify as women.”
Recently, NDP Vice President and trans activist Morgane Oger spearheaded a successful push for the city of Vancouver to strip the women’s rape shelters of funding based on alleged “discrimination.”
According to the shelter, they have had past instances where dead animals like skunks were shoved through the mail slot of the building. In one case rape victims attending the shelter encountered a dead rat which was nailed to the door.
“The women who found it were from our support group so they are battered women and rape victims, and one of them said: Haven’t we suffered enough,” said Kerner.
Since the tweet was released, Kerner claims that the shelter has received an outpouring of support and donations from concerned members of the public.
“I want to make it really clear we’re not going anywhere, we are committed to our work with women for women on behalf of women and since this has been public we’ve had an outpouring of support from all over the world, including donations,” said Kerner.
According to Vancouver Rape Relief, all of the incidents have been reported to the police who are investigating the matter.
Meghan Markle is looking into real estate in the prestigious West Vancouver market according to The Sun. One particular mansion has caught her eye: a beautiful 6,900-square foot waterfront home selling at just over $35 million dollars according to the Vancouver Sun.
There are a total of six bedrooms and five bathrooms in the four-story mansion complete with full-length panoramic windows that offer breathtaking views of both the ocean and the city skyline.
Security is clearly a concern for the rogue royals but it won’t be a concern at this estate which is surrounded by gates, screen hedges and a 20-foot beachside wall behind the property.
“The neighbourhood is a known haven for wealthy people and has a very laid-back atmosphere. I’m sure they would be very happy there, and they would be welcomed with open arms.” said one estate agent source. “Meghan has expressed an interest in this beautiful house. It would be perfect for her, Harry and little Archie.”
The house is located in Kitsilano, one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in Vancouver. The residence is 108-years-old runs along a street of prized billionaire’s dubbed “Golden Miles.”
“The area is particularly sought after by super-rich and image-conscious young achievers.” said one real estate expert. “But best of all for Harry and Meghan, it’s quiet and locals respect each other and value their privacy. They’d fit in very well.”
Canadian billionaire founder of the uber-trendy Lululemon Athletica yoga gear brand, Chip Wilson, would be a neighbour should the couple decide to buy. His mansion is worth about $64 million. Meghan Markle has been public about her love for yoga, pilates, and the Lululemon brand.
The new mansion is a long way from the Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Home Park, Windsor. The Queen is apparently “privately furious” at the couple for the money spent to renovate the Frogmore Cottage prior to the decision to move to Canada. Frogmore has been the home of the couple ever since their publicly-funded wedding that came in at $40 million dollars. The Queen is said to be “privately furious” at the money spent on Frogmore Cottage renovations following Prince Harry and Meghan’s announcement they are moving abroad. The royal couple have lived there since their publicly-funded $40-million-dollar wedding.
Vancouver is conducting an experiment to counteract the growing number of opioid overdoses.
The experiment is named the MySafe Project. It started in December of 2019 in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver. The pilot project has introduced the world to the first biometric opioid machine.
A public health emergency was announced in B.C. in 2016 and over 5,000 people have lost their lives due to drug overdoses since then. In the past years, many people have been asking for access to a supply of safe drugs in order to avoid the negative aspects that come along with street drugs.
With the program, users who have been tested and registered can be prescribed hydromorphone as an alternative to heroin and can receive it at scheduled times.
According to Global News, The machine, which resembles an ATM is 800 pounds and dispenses after scanning the palms of the user’s hand. It is located on East Hastings Street close to the Overdose Prevention Site.
The leader of the project is Dr. Mark Tyndall, a professor at UBC. When announcing the project on video he said, “You just put your hand up to the machine, it welcomes you and dispenses a drug in a little box in the bottom and you take them and leave.”
“There’s two points to a safe supply,” he said, “One is the obvious thing that in one hand you have deadly fentanyl and the other hand you have a pharmaceutical drug with a known dosage, the person who takes the known dosage will not overdose.”
Tyndall says that the machines helps users “break the cycle … and the hustle they go through”
The idea was first brought to light by Tyndall in 2018. He introduced his plans to carry out the project in September.
He noted that the eight-milligram pill dispensed by the machine costs approximately 35 cents.
Users can receive the drug at Vancouver clinics as well.
The video shows Tyndall saying, “I believe if we do allow people to stabilize their routine a little bit more by having a secure, safe place where they can get their drugs and cut into the activities they have to do to get their drugs there will be a lot more time for connection.”
B.C.’s Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions who does not have any involvement, commented on the project saying, “As with any independent research project, we will await the results.”
“The Ministry is focused on our own work to scale up access to medically-supervised prescription alternatives to toxic street drugs as just one part of establishing a full continuum of care and delivering an urgent, comprehensive response to this crisis – including prevention, enforcement, harm reduction and treatment and recovery.”
The Vancouver police are in support of the project as they deal with overdoses on a daily basis.
In an email, Const. Tania Visintin wrote, “These machines dispense a known substance which has a known strength and are not contaminated.”
“These machines are a locked safe which people are able to access their prescriptions.”
Some people are skeptical of the idea. Dr. Launette Rieb said, “People can still overdose on [hydromorphone]. It’s an unsupervised model.”
“Also, this doesn’t purify the stimulant use supply, which is also tainted with fentanyl. And to hand out stimulants is also a very unproven tactic. So is giving take-home doses to inject.”
Rieb also claims that this method does not solve the addiction problem that users face.
For now, the MySafe project only includes five users. Mysafe noted that future members of the program will be people with an overdose in their history as well as people with fentanyl found in their urine samples.
Meghan Markle made an appearance at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre to discuss women’s issues according to Global News.
A Facebook post complete with pictures read, “Look who we had tea with today! The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community,”
Queen Elizabeth confirmed that Markle and Prince Harry would be splitting their time between the U.K. and Canada last week and the two wasted no time settling in.
The move to Canada comes after the royal’s decision to step away from their official duties and take a more relaxed role in the royal family. The couple claiming that they want to be “financially independent” and hope to create a more “progressive new role” within the royal family.
The Queen gave her thoughts as well as her blessings about the decision to move. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spent a lot of time on the west coast since their sojourn began, although they have yet to confirm exactly where they will call home within Canada. However, the couple did choose to spend Christmas with their son, Archie Harrison on Vancouver Island.
Many people in Vancouver were impressed with Markle’s attempt to integrate herself into the Vancouver community.
“What an awesome place for her to come and discuss these kinds of issues. She is so lucky to be speaking to the passionate women of the DTESWC,” one user said.
“Well if this is where the exited royals are going to be maybe having them around will be a wonderful thing. No bling in sight. I bet her mother-in-law would have been happy to see this. Raising awareness where it is needed is always a good thing,” another user wrote on Facebook.
Good news, Vancouverites!
The average price of a home in the Greater Vancouver Area has fallen yet again in December of 2019, as the latest housing figures show prices dropped 4.8 percent year-over-year, meaning homes in Vancouver are now, on average, $1.1 million dollars.
That decrease came after a hefty 5.2 percent drop in last year’s third quarter, compared in 2018’s figures at that same time, according to Royal LePage.
Price drops were experienced across numerous types of housing; the median price for a two-storey Greater Vancouver home dropped by 4.7 percent to 1.4 million, with bungalow housing prices falling 6.7 percent to $1.1 million. Condo prices also fell to $645,607.
Prices in the Greater Toronto Area have continued to dip as well, with prices dropping in value roughly 5.3 percent compared to last month to the average number of $854,000, according to The GTA’s home price index.
In comparison, November 2019 saw average home prices in Calgary down 2.3 percent, compared to the previous year.
Below is a map that outlines the average housing prices, provincially.