The colourful Jamie Lee Hamilton, who ran unsuccessfully as a Coalition of Progressive Electors city council candidate back in 1996, wants a spot on the Non-Partisan Association's park board slate. In a leaked email, sent last Thursday, Ms. Hamilton - who was also a federal Green candidate in the 2000 election - invited friends and supporters to a Monday evening organizing meeting at the Jewel of India Restaurant. The reason: "Jamie Lee will be throwing her hat in the ring (Parks Board) and you are requested to come out and brainstorm some great campaign ideas."
According to our tipsters, attendees included former TEAM and Green city council candidate Bev Ballantyne, former provincial Liberal candidate and park board chair Laura McDairmid, school board nomination candidate Michelle Mollineaux, former Progressive Democratic Alliance candidate John Spark and ex-Tory nomination hopeful and independent city council candidate Ryan Warawa. Interestingly, all of those attendees - minus Mr. Spark - ran in the 1999 civic election. At that meeting, Ms. McDairmid also reportedly expressed an interest in making a bid to join the association's city council slate.
Ms. Hamilton, a sex trade activist, has been a somewhat controversial figure. Back in 2000 she was charged with running a common bawdy house when it was revealed she allowed some prostitutes to use an East End property as a brothel/safe house - charging them $15 per visit to cover expenses. Those charges were stayed. And a year later, The Vancouver Sun reported Ms. Hamilton used money from her government-funded drop-in centre to help finance her city council campaign in 1999. At the time, Ms. Hamilton said her campaign would repay some of those expenditures - which had been approved by the drop-in centre's board of directors. A version of this article was originally published in today's edition of 24 hours. The following is a copy of the aforementioned email.
From: tricia foxx
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 6:31 PM
To: jamie hamilton
Subject: Organizing Mtg for Friends of Jamie Lee
There is an organizing mtg regarding non-partisan municipal politics this Monday August 8 from 6pm-8pm at Jewel of India located at 52 Alexander street in Gastown.
Jamie Lee will be throwing her hat in the ring (Parks Board) and you are requested to come out and brainstorm some great campaign ideas
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