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“央街使命”欲登陆唐人街(二)
Yonge Street Mission coming into Chinatown

“央街使命”欲让“街头青少年”远离央街,并计划将其服务中心迁至士巴丹拿街。此举引发华裔社区强烈抗议,Bob Mok的文章继续向读者展示这一极富争议的项目所引发的论战。
Yonge Street Mission plans to move “street youth” away from Yonge Street, and plans to move their facilities onto Spadina Ave. Bob Mok’s article continue to shed light on the controversy of the project that sparks strong protest from the Chinese community.
 
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For an earlier article on this topic, please visit http://096.ca/news/628140
 
 
在上一篇文章中,我们已经知道“央街使命”(YSM)将其位于央街和芝兰街的现有服务中心所处的地块出售给公寓开发商,并计划在唐人街中区的士巴丹拿街设立新服务中心。YSM在2015年11月17日正式宣布拟进驻唐人街地区。

Last time, we talked about the Yonge Street Mission (YSM) selling their current location at Yonge and Gerrard Street to a Condominium developer and planning to move their services into the Chinatown area on Spadina Avenue. The announcement to move into the Chinatown district was made on November 17, 2015.

 
多伦多华埠商业促进区(会)坚决反对YSM入驻唐人街的计划,并于2015年12月30日与多伦多华人团体联合总会举行联合会议,宣布打算向法院申请禁制令以阻止这一迁址项目。多伦多华埠商业促进区(会)和多伦多华人团体联合总会争辩说YSM未曾提前公开在唐人街购置物业的计划,并且在其作出迁址决定后也没有进行社区咨询。

The Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA) opposed this proposed relocation of YSM. On December 30, 2015 the BIA held a joint meeting with the Confederation of Toronto Chinese Canadian Organizations announcing their intentions to bring an injunction to stop this project. They argue that the building purchases were not made public earlier and there were no consultations with the Community until after the decision was made.

 
但是第20选区市议员周凯捷和YSM总裁德拉丝库维克都坚称该项目无需土地规划申请,YSM在入驻士巴丹拿街之前不会有任何法律障碍。

Ward 20 Councillor Joe Cressy and the CEO of YSM Angie Draskovic both stated that there is no need for a zoning application and YSM has no legal hurdles to jump over prior to the commencement of their operations on Spadina Avenue. 

 
在2016年1月5日星期二,大约50名示威者高举“不要YSM”的标语牌从唐人街中区向市政厅行进,他们一路高呼“拯救唐人街!”但YSM仍在2016年1月8日完成了唐人街物业的购买交易。

On Tuesday January 5, 2016 about 50 demonstrators with placards saying “No YSM” marched from the Chinatown Centre to City Hall  and chanting “save Chinatown!” along the way. YSM closed the deal for the buildings on January 8, 2016.

 
2016年1月12日,市议员周凯捷在位于格兰芝路的University Settlement House的一小房间内主持召开了“央街使命迁址项目公众咨询会议”,当天有80多人蜂拥参加此次会议,我也是其中之一。

Councillor Joe Cressy organized a “Yonge Street Mission Relocation Public Consultation meeting” on January 12, 2016 and more than eighty people crowded into a small room to attend at the University Settlement House on Grange Road, including myself. 

 
周凯捷在会议一开始就声称,YSM的迁址项目已是“板上钉钉”,此次咨询会的目的是讨论唐人街社区在其入驻之后该如何应对。此次会议的议程包括由YSM总裁介绍该机构的服务项目,接着多市中心央街商业促进区(会)的主席大大赞扬了YSM的价值,以及其央街服务中心与该商会的和谐关系。最后,大多市社会发展、资金及运营部门主管伯林格做了发言。

At the onset, Councillor Cressy stated that YSM’s relocation is a “Done deal” and that the purpose of the meeting is to discuss what the Chinatown Community has to do to accommodate its existence. The meeting agenda included an introduction of the YSM services by its CEO, followed by the Chair of the Downtown Yonge BIA praising the value of YSM and its great relationship with them while they are on Yonge Street. Finally, comments were made by Chris Brillinger – Excecutive Director of Social Development, Finance, and Administration at the City of Toronto.

 
伯林格在其发言中透露出的一个重要讯息是多伦多市府其实很想让“街头青少年”远离央街地区。而这很可能就是市府支持YSM迁址的原因之一。

One revealing statement made by Chris Brillinger was that the City actually wants to move “street youths” away from the Yonge Street Area. That may well be one of the reasons for the City of Toronto to support this YSM relocation.

 
在当天的与会者中只有12个人被推举为发言人,我也是其中之一。鉴于YSM试图说服所有人相信其可以为唐人街地区提供所需要的服务,我要求他们提供有关将从其现有服务中心转移至唐人街新址的客户数量,以及预计新增客户数量的统计数据。如果华裔社区如此迫切需要YSM的服务,为什么这么多年来他们一直没有登陆唐人街?

Only twelve people elected to speak from the floor and I was one of them. Since YSM tried to convince everyone that their services are needed in the Chinatown district, I asked them to provide statistics on the number of clients that will be moving over from their current location and the number of new clients expected. If their services are so badly needed here, why did they not move into Chinatown all these years? 

 
我的一个朋友在多市中心从事警察工作已有20年,最近他告诉我:“许多在市中心街头流浪的青少年都是药物依赖者,并且都需要心理辅导。有许多青少年会按照固定线路和每日行程表前往各个援助服务中心寻求不同的服务。他们热衷于前往提供可口膳食的服务中心,而在包括YSM在内的慈善机构迁址后,他们也会随之迁移。”

A friend of mine who was a Downtown Police Officer for over two decades told me this recently: “Many of the Downtown street youths are chemically dependent and in need of psychological help. Many have fixed routines and daily visiting schedules to all of the help and service centres for different services. They are keen on going to where all the good meals are offered by the centres and will follow the organization when it is relocated, including YSM.”

 
据YSM称,其Evergreen服务中心在2012-13年为6,750名无家可归青少年提供了服务。这个数字非常可观,但从中也可以想象大量青少年每天前往该中心,并且其中许多人重复往返带来的巨大客流量。现在除非YSM做出安排,并且能够说服这些青少年前往其他服务中心寻求帮助,否则他们当中的大部分人都将蜂拥至位于士巴丹拿街的新服务中心。

According to YSM, Evergreen served 6,750 youth in 2012-13. This statement is very impressive but one can imagine the number of visitors on a per day basis and many of them will return to the centre on a repetitive basis. Majority of these visitors will now flood into their new location on Spadina Ave unless arrangements are made and they can be convinced to go to other centres for help.

 
在下一篇文章中,我们将继续跟进这一迁址项目所涉及的反应、活动及相关论战。

Next time, we will follow up on the reactions, events, and discussions relating to this relocation.  
 
 
 

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